UTHSC Medical Student and Department of Surgery Residents Win Majority of Awards at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons was recently held August 8 – 10, 2014 at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN. Participants from East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, UT Chattanooga, UT Knoxville, and UTHSC took part in the Resident Paper Competition in the four categories of Cancer, Trauma, Basic Science, and Clinical Science. Of the eight awards, UTHSC won five of them.

Oncology Category:
1st Place:         Elena Paulus, M.D., Surgery Resident “Understanding Disparities in Breast Cancer Care in Memphis, TN”|
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D., Surgery Resident “Safety and Diagnostic Accuracy of Tissue Biopsies in Children with Cancer”

Trauma Category:
1st Place:         Leah Hendrick, 4th Year Medical Student “Early Femur Fixation Benefits Both High and Low Risk Patients”
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D. “Utility of MRI of Abdomen in Evaluation of Pediatric Pancreatic Injuries”

Basic Science Category:
1st Place:         Nathan Hinkle, M.D., Surgery Resident “P13K the Right Target: Effects of Chemotherapy and Targeted P13K Inhibition on Neuroblastoma Angiogenesis

We are extremely proud of these individuals and are grateful to our faculty for the guidance they provided on these excellent research papers.


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.

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.


Changes to Accessible Parking

Dear UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students,

The Accessible Parking form used in the Office of Equity and Diversity and Campus Police has been revised. Effective July 1, 2014, Employees and Students who qualify for Accessible Parking on the UTHSC campus are required to renew their parking every six months. Re-submissions are due by August 29, 2014 for fall semester and February 27, 2015 for spring semester. If you have any additional questions please contact Ashleigh Brock in the Office of Equity and Diversity at 448-2106. Thank you for your cooperation throughout this process.

Ashleigh Brock, JD
Diversity Management Specialist Office of Equity and Diversity

UTHSC’s College of Allied Health Sciences Renamed the College of Health Professions

COHP sealOn Tuesday, July 1, the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) officially changes its name to the College of Health Professions. Although the renaming was approved by the UT Board of Trustees during its Feb. 27 winter meeting, the change is timed to coincide with the start of Tennessee’s 2015 fiscal year. Founded in 1972 as the College of Community and Allied Health, the unit’s name was abridged to the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1985. [Read more...]

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!


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

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


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...]

APhA-ASP Chapter Honored with National Awards

At the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Annual Meeting in March, the UT College of Pharmacy chapter was recognized with multiple national awards. The National Immunization Award is given to the APhA-ASP chapter that provides the most immunizations to patients in numerous innovative events, excluding those given as part of a student’s paid internship. The UT chapter won for 2013. It is no stranger to this award, having previously won in 2012. UT also took First Place in the “Humorous” category of the PharmFlix competition, where students produce short films promoting the profession centered around a given theme, which this year was “Be the Change.” Finally, UT was also recognized as the second runner-up for Division A Chapter of the Year, which recognizes “superior programming among chapters that envision the future of pharmacy by creating opportunities for student participation.”APhA student awards 4