UTHSC Leaders Honored for Support of Army Medical Recruiters

From left, Capt. Gary Miller, Staff Sgt. Martell Todd, Dr. Kennard Brown, Dr. David Stern, Lt. Col. Nancy Parson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Derise Miller

Pictured during the awards ceremony are, from left, Capt. Gary Miller, Staff Sgt. Martell Todd, Dr. Kennard Brown, Dr. David Stern, Lt. Col. Nancy Parson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Derise Miller

The United States Army 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion recognized several leaders of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) for supporting its mission to educate students about the scholarship opportunities that exist in the Army and to recruit personnel in all medical fields to join the Army as medical officers. [Read more...]

Timothy Howze Appointed ACCP Member-At-Large

Timothy Howze, fourth year student pharmacist, has been appointed Member-at-Large of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) National Student Network (StuNet) Advisory Committee. His duties will include advising the ACCP Executive Committee on student concerns and contributing to student newsletters and the annual student report.

“It’s really exciting,” said Tim. “When I attended the ACCP Annual Meeting last year as a poster presenter and Travel Award recipient, I knew I wanted to be more involved. The StuNet Committee is a great opportunity and allows students to be active and engaged.” Tim will assume his new role at the upcoming 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Maxwell Installed as National Pharmacist Association President

Carleton Maxwell, PharmD (’06) was installed as the National Pharmacist Association President (NPhA) for 2014-16. He is the youngest President in the history of the organization and the second person to serve as National President of both NPhA and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Dr. Maxwell completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, and a Cardiology/Internal Medicine residency was at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in addition to a preceptor for fourth year pharmacy students at Wingate University School of Pharmacy and the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Maxwell is currently the Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He has published several articles in major pharmacy journals, and his interests are in heart failure and anticoagulation in acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Maxwell was appointed to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Board earlier this year.

Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari DVP to be Held on Saturday, September 20

The Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 8am until 1:30pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The topic is: Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: Contemporary Insights into the Management of Pancreatic Neoplasms, featuring Dr. James Yao, Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

To register for the DVP, please go to www.utconferences.com/dilawaridvp to reserve your spot soon. The full PDF brochure for the Dilawari DVP can be viewed online by clicking here: www.tinyurl.com/dilawaridvp.

The Raza A. Dilawari DVP features a world-class lineup of presenters and speakers, featuring:

  • “Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors” – James Yao, MD, Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • “Genetics and Management of Familial Pancreatic Cancer” – Teresa Brentnall, MD
  • “Multidisciplinary Management of Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer:”
    Endoscopic Evaluation – Mohammed Ismail, MD
    Cracking the Code on Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer – Margaret Tempero, MD
    Radiation Therapy – Brian Czito, MD
    Surgical Strategies and Outcomes – Matthew Katz, MD
  • “Palliation in Pancreatic Cancer and End of Life Issues” – Clay Jackson, MD and Nia Zalamea, MD
  • “Debate: Management of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
    in Young Patient: Partial vs Total Pancreatectomy” – Stephen Behrman, MD and Matthew Katz, MD

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Smith Presents to National Vaccine Advisory Committee

Dr. Cindy Smith, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, from Reeves-Sain Pharmacy in Murfreesboro presented to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in Washington, DC on June 11, 2014. This committee is advisory to the Assistant Secretary of Health of the US Public Service to assist in making decisions about the government’s role concerning vaccines. Cindy’s presentation was titled “Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine-The Pharmacists’ Perspective.” She was asked to help the committee understand how a practicing pharmacist deals with the HPV vaccine. She was listed on the agenda as representing the University of Tennessee. If you would like more information, please follow the NVAC link http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings/060102014agenda.html

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Operate West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC) and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office. [Read more...]

Rizzo’s Diner to Help Memphis Crisis Center Raise Funds

The Memphis Crisis Center and Rizzo’s Diner at 106 G.E. Patterson are partnering for a once-a-month event to raise funds for the 24-hour hotline for people in emotional distress.

“Less to Wine About Wednesdays” will be held on the second Wednesday of every month. The restaurant, which has been featured on Food Network, will give 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Memphis Crisis Center. [Read more...]

Dr. Steven Coughlin Appointed to Editorial Boards of Medical and Epidemiologic Journals


Dr. Steven Coughlin, a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Research Core for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine’s Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity, and the Exposome, has been appointed to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care, the International Journal of the Environment and Biotechnology, and Annals of Translational Medicine and Epidemiology (http://www.austinpublishinggroup.com/translational-medicine/).  Dr. Coughlin has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology for almost two decades.  He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of The Open Health Services and Policy Journal, the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics,  Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, and The Open Epidemiology Journal.

Dr. Coughlin, who relocated to Memphis from Washington, DC in January, noted that “Serving as a journal editor and anoymous peer reviewer provides an important service to medicine, epidemiology, and community health as it is essential that articles published in biomedical and public health journals be subjected to rigorous peer review.  Peer review is an important part of the scientific method.”

He emphasized that the dissemination of information about effective approaches for addressing health disparities such as elevated rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, major depression, and infant mortality is an important goal of the Research Core of the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity, and the Exposome.  The Center is co-directed by Dr. Patricia Mathews-Juarez and Dr. Paul Juarez.

Explains Dr. Coughlin, “I enjoy working with graduate students, medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty to help them with their own careers in academic medicine, epidemiology, and community health by facilitating their efforts to write up research findings and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.”  Dr. Coughlin also noted that students and fellows should become familiar with approaches for reviewing and critiquing journal articles prepared by other authors, so that they can objectively review the biomedical literature.  He emphasized, “Department of Preventive Medicine faculty, including Dr. Karen Johnson, Dr. Pamela Connor, and many others, have done a fantastic job of mentoring students and post-doctoral fellows in this way.”

In his free time, Dr. Coughlin is currently editing a book on Community-based Participatory Research for the American Public Health Association (APHA).  He lives in downtown Memphis and enjoys exploring hiking trails and horse back riding.