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

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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.

Crill Wins ASPEN Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award

On January 20th, Dr. Catherine Crill was presented with the Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) at the 2014 Clinical Nutrition Week in Savannah, GA. Dr. Crill is associate professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. This annual recognition honors ASPEN members who have made exceptional leadership and practice contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of society over a sustained period of time. Winners received a $250 travel stipend to attend the 2015 Clinical Nutrition Week.

The Ride to Fight On

UntitledWe are excited to announce that on Saturday, October 11, 2014,  the inaugural Ride to Fight On benefiting the West Cancer Center will hit the streets. This epic ride will become an annual cycling event made possible through our partnership with the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club, the largest cycling club in Memphis. This event is designed so that fundraising efforts will support research and education that ultimately will lead to cures! Please consider supporting this event by riding, donating or becoming a sponsor. Join us as we work each day to lessen the burden of cancer.

The West Clinic is the largest provider of cancer care in Memphis and the Mid-South. In order to expand services and continue to provide the most extensive care possible, we have recently received approval from the state to form a comprehensive cancer center with all services under one roof. West Cancer Center will focus our efforts on research and education by recruiting cancer-focused translational scientists who will make a significant impact on the care of cancer patients who come to us for their life-saving treatment. The Ride to Fight On event will provide much-needed funds to strengthen these initiatives.

This signature event will have routes for cyclists of all skill levels – novice to elite – and distances of 20, 40, 62, 100, and 124 miles. The ride will commence at the FedEx Forum and travel a course up the banks of the Mississippi River and north through Shelby Forest State Park. After the ride, a bike expo will be held where riders, fundraisers and Fighters will be able to shop for the latest in cycling equipment and gear. Afterward, everyone will join together for food, drinks, and entertainment at our official after party at the FedEx Forum. This celebration is open to patients, survivors, friends, families, and of course, biking enthusiasts. The goal of Ride to Fight On is not only to show support for anyone who has been touched by cancer, but also to raise funds for West Cancer Center. We anticipate that 2,000 cyclists will join us on October 11.

Your support will help create a home for comprehensive cancer care in our community. Please join us in supporting our patients and their families in their Fight On at home!

Find out how to participate as a rider and learn more atwww.ridetofighton.com. For information on becoming a sponsor, go towww.tinyurl.com/fightsponsor or contact Lindsay Howell atRidetoFightOn@westclinic.com or 901-922-6798.

We look forward to your participation in the 2014 Bluff City Blues 100 – Ride to Fight On!

Sincerely,

Erich Mounce
Chief Executive Officer
West Cancer Center

David Stern, MD
Executive Dean
College of Medicine
University of Tennessee

Lee Schwartzberg
Medical Director
West Cancer Center
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Medicine
University of Tennessee

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.”