UT Health Science Center Holds Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Drive April 29

Faculty, staff and students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are set to raise funds for Nepal earthquake relief on Wednesday, April 29. UTHSC will collect donations from all members of the Memphis Medical Center community and greater Memphis who wish to donate. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., UTHSC team members will accept donations of cash and checks in the lobby of the General Education Building, located at 8 S. Dunlap Street (southeast corner of Dunlap and Madison Avenue, across from Health Sciences Park).

On Saturday, April 25, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia, suffered a major earthquake, magnitude 7.8, followed rapidly by a series of more than 60 intense aftershocks. With many villages cut off from help and the government’s lack of rescue equipment, access to food, water and aid are severely hindered. The country has been described as “overwhelmed” and “on a war footing” as it tries to help survivors. The death toll, injuries and property damage continue to mount.

“At times like this, we know the UTHSC community is moved to act and to help in any way we can,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab. “Join us on Wednesday, as we combine our resources to help those in jeopardy from this natural disaster and its aftermath. No donation is too small. Every dollar we raise will make a difference to people in need.”

All proceeds from the fund-raising drive will be donated to the Red Cross. Donations by check should be made payable to the American Red Cross, with Nepal Earthquake Relief written on the memo line. For more information, call (901) 448-1164 or email phouston@uthsc.edu.

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...]

Minority Students Given Keys to Future Success at UTHSC Mentoring Symposium

Students respond during the recent Dr. M. Alfred Haynes Mentoring and Advising Symposium at UTHSC.

“Why cluck with the chickens when you can be soaring with the eagles,” Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, director of the Department of Endocrinology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), told 150 minority high school and college students invited to campus on March 26 and 27 for the second annual Dr. M. Alfred Haynes Mentoring and Advising Students for Success (MASS) Symposium.

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Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer Publishes Findings on Gene that Inhibits Tumor Growth in Brain Cancer

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer is the principal author of a paper detailing the function of a little-known gene that could be a key to future treatment of glioma.

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer is the principal author of a paper detailing the function of a little-known gene that could be a key to future treatment of glioma.

Lawrence Pfeffer, PhD, Muirhead Professor of Pathology and director of the Center for Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the principal author of a paper published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry that describes a little-known gene that could hold a key to future treatment of glioma, or brain cancer. [Read more...]

Program Designed by UTHSC Medical Students Instructs Area High School Students about Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Some of the more than 80 Student-2-Student Memphis members. The medical students volunteer to teach Shelby County high school students about sexually transmitted infections.

Student-2-Student Memphis Aims to Reduce Infection Rates Among Area Youth

Medical students from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are going back to high school to help make Shelby County teens healthier. [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.

Gold Humanism Honor Society at UTHSC to Participate in National Solidarity Day on February 13

Excellent patient care remains a top priority for health care professionals who are both established and in the making. On Friday, Feb. 13, about 20 medical students from three University of Tennessee College of Medicine campuses in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga will participate in National Solidarity Day. [Read more...]

Professor Subhash Chauhan of UTHSC Receives $562,500 Grant for Prostate Cancer Research

Dr. Subhash Chauhan has received a $562,500 award to study new treatments for metastatic prostate cancer.

Dr. Subhash Chauhan has received a $562,500 award to study new treatments for metastatic prostate cancer.

Subhash Chauhan, PhD, a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a three-year grant totaling $562,500 from the Department of Defense (DOD) to research new therapies for advanced-stage prostate cancer. [Read more...]