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...]

UT President Participates in College Access Event at White House

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KNOXVILLE — Today, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro will join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. [Read more...]

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Raise Funds for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is mobilizing to raise money to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded when it slammed into the Philippines on Friday. Two fund drives will be held on the UTHSC campus on Wednesday, November 13, with the money going to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief. UTHSC students, faculty and staff; members of the local medical community; and the public are invited to participate. Donations will be taken from 9 to 11 a.m. in the lobby of the General Education Building, 8 South Dunlap, and from noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the 930 Madison Plaza Building. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross, with Pacific Typhoon Relief written in the subject line. For more information, call (901) 448-1164 or email phouston@uthsc.edu.


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Welcome to UTHSC

If you’re interested in health care, medical research or the biosciences, take a few minutes to learn about the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. As the flagship statewide academic health system, the UT Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. We offer a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities on our main campus, in Memphis, and in our six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy campuses in Knoxville and a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga.