Valerie K. Arnold, MD, of UTHSC Inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists

Valerie K. Arnold 2015 American College of Psychiatrists Inductee

Valerie K. Arnold
2015 American College of Psychiatrists Inductee

Valerie K. Arnold MD, FAPA, chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists during its recent ceremony in Huntington Beach, California. [Read more...]

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, Appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at UTHSC

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. Dr. Gonzalez joins UTHSC from the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina higher education authority, where she served as special advisor to the chief academic officer. As the chief academic officer of UTHSC and its statewide campuses, Dr. Gonzalez will report directly to the chancellor. She is expected to assume her new responsibilities, working from UTHSC’s main campus in Memphis, on July 1. [Read more...]

Social Workers Ashley Annestedt and Malissa Duckworth of UTHSC to Lead 2015 Conference for the Association for Successful Parenting

Social workers Ashley Annestedt (left) and Malissa Duckworth (right)  have been asked to lead the 2015 A Chance to Parent Conference, hosted by The Association for Successful Parenting. The theme of the conference being held in Memphis is “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”

Social workers Ashley Annestedt (left) and Malissa Duckworth (right) have been asked to lead the 2015 A Chance to Parent Conference, hosted by The Association for Successful Parenting. The theme of the conference being held in Memphis is “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”

The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP) is hosting the seventh biannual A Chance to Parent Conference with this year’s theme, “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.” [Read more...]

John Bissler, MD, Receives $637,501 Grant for Renal Tumor Research

A $637,501 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity will allow Dr. John Bissler and his research team to study prevention and treatment options for tuberous sclerosis complex.

A $637,501 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity will allow Dr. John Bissler and his research team to study prevention and treatment options for tuberous sclerosis complex.

John Bissler, MD, and his research team study a disease in children and adults called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which predisposes patients to an unusual type of renal tumors. The team aims to use a newly developed model to study whether anti-hypertension drugs already approved for use in children will prevent tumors and the disease.

Dr. Bissler, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $637,501 from theU.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to study renal tumor treatment options. The award will be used to support a project titled, “Prevention of TSC Renal Disease,” and will be distributed over three years. [Read more...]

2015 Neuroscience Institute Symposium at UTHSC To Focus on the Neurobiology of Appetite

Understanding appetite is key to unlocking the grip of obesity. The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host a symposium on Tuesday, April 21, focusing on how the brain controls the appetite, and thus influences obesity. [Read more...]

Murfreesboro Foundation Provides $100,000 Gift for Scholarship, Innovation Gallery in College of Pharmacy at UTHSC

Two UTHSC Pharmacy Alums Contribute to the Development of Future Pharmacy Graduates

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation Inc. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has made a charitable gift commitment of $100,000 to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The five-year gift will provide scholarship support and highlight the Reeves-Sain model of pharmacy to future generations of pharmacists.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation is the philanthropic division of the Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services, which opened its doors in Murfreesboro 35 years ago. Half of the five-year, $100,000 gift will support the existing Reeves-Sain Endowment, which provides scholarships to current UTHSC College of Pharmacy students. The remainder of the funds will support the maintenance of the College of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art building and establish an educational gallery highlighting the business model developed by Drs. Reeves and Sain, which enhances and improves the role of the community pharmacy in the health care of its customer base. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Professor Robert Williams Part of Global ENIGMA Consortium Effort to Crack Brain’s Genetic Code

UTHSC's Dr. Robert Williams Among Collaborators on Groundbreaking Brain Research Published in Nature

UTHSC’s Dr. Robert Williams Among Collaborators on Groundbreaking Brain Research Published in Nature

Work of global research alliance – ENIGMA — appears in Nature

In the largest collaborative study of the brain to date, researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are part of a global consortium of 190 institutions working to identify eight common genetic mutations that appear to age the brain an average of three years. The discovery could lead to targeted therapies and interventions for Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other neurological conditions. [Read more...]

UT Brand Added to Largest Hospital in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled.

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled at Methodist UT Hospital.

The bright orange UT logo unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 25, on exterior signage at the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system is a striking symbol of a successful partnership that started more than a decade ago and continues to grow.

That partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system supports a multidisciplinary  collaboration among physicians and clinical teams, and brings the most advanced medical care to patients in the Mid-South.

Members of the UT board of trustees, in Memphis for their winter meeting, joined administrators and dignitaries from Methodist and UTHSC for a luncheon and unveiling of the impressive signage at the main entrance of Methodist University Hospital, which is now Methodist UT Hospital.

“Placing the UT initials on the downtown Methodist hospital building and reframing the name as Methodist UT Hospital reflects the convergence of the UTHSC and Methodist missions and visions,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. It is the first time in more than a decade that the UT initials appear on a Memphis hospital.

More than 300 physicians are currently in training in Methodist facilities, and more than 1,865 medical and surgical specialists have been trained in these locations since the partnership began. Methodist UT and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the major facilities in the hospital system, are core teaching hospitals of UTHSC, along with five other core teaching partners across the state – Regional One Health and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and the Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville.

Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at Methodist UT Hospital while teaching the next generation of health care professionals in the clinical and hospital setting. The hospital is also home to UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created in 2013 as an outgrowth of the partnership between the university and the hospital.

Chancellor Schwab welcomed the guests and praised the collaborative effort, which bolsters recruitment of top-quality physicians, fosters clinical research, and provides venues to train UTHSC students. All of these will boost national rankings for both entities and further their commitments to provide world-class care for all.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist UT Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, addressed the group before the unveiling, offering statistics that reflect the success of the partnership and its benefits to both entities. In 2014, there were 165 UT-affiliated attending MDs at Methodist UT Hospital, accounting for 7,387 inpatient admissions and 2,360 inpatient surgeries. The intent is to continue to grow those numbers.

Plans are also under way to establish or expand residencies and fellowships in oncology and emergency medicine. Areas of expertise, including transplant medicine, stroke and neurological care, oncology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, have flourished as the partnership has grown.

New signage that includes the UT brand is planned throughout the hospital at a cost of about $600,000.