Joan C. Han, MD, Named Associate Professor in Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and Founding Director for the UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center

Joan C. Han, MD

Joan C. Han, MD

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Meri Armour, CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, have announced the joint appointment of pediatric endocrinologist Joan C. Han, MD. In July, Dr. Han will join UTHSC as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, and founding director of the new UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center. Dr. Han will also be director of the Pediatric Obesity Program on Le Bonheur’s clinical staff. [Read more...]

Dr. Teresa Waters is Senior Author of Paper Examining the Post-Recession Financial Health of Hospitals

While the recession was a major financial blow for many hospitals, particularly not-for-profit and safety-net hospitals, most emerged without permanent damage. But many still may not be financially strong enough to respond to the pressures of health care reform and industry restructuring.

Dr. Teresa Waters headshot

Dr. Teresa Waters

That’s the conclusion of a paper presented at the National Press Club during a recent briefing to policymakers, congressional staffers and health care industry professionals by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy thought and research. Teresa Waters, PhD, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was the senior author of the paper. Gloria Bazzoli, PhD, professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, was the lead author, and Naleef Fareed, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Pennsylvania State University, was co-author and presenter.

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report has named Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in seven specialties in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Recognized specialties include cardiology/heart surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is proud to be the major academic partner of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and, as such, we are proud to celebrate this continued acknowledgement of Le Bonheur as one of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” said Steve J. Schwab, MD, UTHSC chancellor. “Since the vast majority of the physicians at Le Bonheur are UTHSC faculty members, it is our joint physician-faculty who provide the clinical care for patients and the training for generations of new pediatric care professionals. We applaud the ongoing efforts of our shared providers and their teams who are consistently bringing the best clinical care to Le Bonheur children and their families.” [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Communications and Marketing Department Wins Two Awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards

The Communications and Marketing Department at UTHSC was the winner of two awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards. With the VOX for public service are: (from left) Trey Browder, Memphis Crisis Center board member; Tim Bullard, UTHSC editorial and design specialist; Sheila Champlin, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Marketing at UTHSC; Peggy Reisser Winburne, media relations and communications specialist at UTHSC; and Mike LaBonte, executive director of the Memphis Crisis Center.

The Communications and Marketing Department at UTHSC was the winner of two awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards. With the VOX for public service are: (from left) Trey Browder, Memphis Crisis Center board member; Tim Bullard, UTHSC editorial and design specialist; Sheila Champlin, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Marketing at UTHSC; Peggy Reisser Winburne, media relations and communications specialist at UTHSC; and Mike LaBonte, executive director of the Memphis Crisis Center.

 

The Communications and Marketing Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) took home two awards Tuesday night at the 2014 VOX Awards sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The annual awards honor exceptional work by Memphis public relations professionals.

 The UTHSC team won a VOX Award in the public service category for its Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week campaign. The multimedia campaign last fall was designed to raise awareness of the 24/7 crisis hotline, increase volunteers to answer the center’s phones, and raise money to support its work.

UTHSC also won a Gold Award in the hard/breaking news category for press materials, advertising and media work related to the announcement in January that Robert W. Williams, PhD, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, was selected as one of four scientists in the United States to participate in the Human Brain Project, a multinational collaboration to study the brain.

“UTHSC is proud to be a supporting partner for the Memphis Crisis Center. The work done there is truly lifesaving in so many instances,” said Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at UTHSC. “Certainly we know how gratifying it is for our Communications and Marketing team to be recognized by their peers for this public service campaign, but more importantly, our efforts on behalf of the Crisis Center are a win for the entire Memphis community.”

UTHSC’s Bernd Meibohm Receives $315,651 Instrumentation Grant for Small Molecule Drug Development

Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs, and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $315,651 from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This grant will allow for the purchase of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer as shared instrumentation for 12 NIH-supported research projects in the University of Tennessee Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine that are focused on drug discovery and development.

Targeted indications include the treatments of a variety of cancer types, tuberculosis, radiation injury, and other conditions. The instrument will be used to measure concentrations of medications in biological samples.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center To Graduate 672 Health Care Professionals on May 30

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On Friday, May 30, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will graduate 672 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale Street. UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, will preside over the ceremony. UT System President Joe DiPietro will confer the degrees and give the charge to the graduates. To watch the events live, please use the following link, which works best in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers:  http://www.uthsc.edu/studentlife/graduation/decgraduation.php [Read more...]

UTHSC College of Nursing Names 2014 Most Supportive Alumna and Outstanding Alumnus

On Friday, May 2, more than 70 Nursing alumni of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will visit the Memphis campus to celebrate Madge Saba, 45-year veteran of the nursing profession, as the 2014 Most Supportive Alumna and Michael J. A. Service, Commander, United States Navy, as the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus. UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab and Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing will present the awards during a luncheon in the UTHSC Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue. The gathering is one in a series of Nursing Alumni Weekend events that include a scholarship ceremony and reception for nursing students and alumni, class reunion dinners, and a tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. [Read more...]

Professor Jonathan Jaggar of UT Health Science Center Receives $95,931 Grant Supplement for Blood Pressure Research

Dr. Jaggar and His Research Team

From left: Jonathan Jaggar, PhD; Xue (Roger) Zhai, BS; Andrelina Noronha, PhD; Sarah Burris, PhD; Michael Kidd, BS; Brent Williams, BS, MS; Dennis Leo, PhD; Qian Wang, PhD; Kirk Evanson, PhD; Simon Bulley, PhD.

Jonathan Jaggar, PhD, the Maury W. Bronstein Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $95,931 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The award, which will be distributed over a three-year period, is a supplement to his existing study titled, “Arterial Smooth Muscle Channels.” [Read more...]