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Pioneer of Rural Track Residency Passionate About Improving Health Care Access in Rural Communities

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Growing up in rural Middle Tennessee, Thomas Atkins, MD, saw firsthand the need for improved access to health care outside of cities and metropolitan areas. “People in my community would have to decide between taking off work and driving all the way to Nashville to get care for something, or just dealing with being sick… Read More


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Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Support UTHSC’s Inaugural Family Campaign

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Michael Alston, EdD, associate vice chancellor for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, and Chandra Alston, EdD, vice chancellor of Human Resources, both at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, are examples of intentional donors to the institutions where they work. With a combined 57 years of service in the UT System, they have donated in… Read More


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UTHSC CHIPS to Host Town Hall on Role of Simulation in Health Equity

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The Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a town hall February 22 to explore the role of simulation education in helping learners provide equitable health care. The event, titled “The Power of We,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the… Read More


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UTHSC College of Medicine Dedicated New Sign at Frayser Community Urban Garden

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The Office of Community Health Engagement in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center held a dedication ceremony earlier this month for a new sign at the Frayser Community Urban Garden. The Frayser Community Urban Garden launched in 2021 as a collaboration between the UTHSC College of Medicine and its Board… Read More


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Mary Billstrand, MD, New Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTHSC

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Mary Billstrand, MD, FASA, has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Billstrand currently serves as a professor and the executive anesthesiologist director of Surgical Services in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of New… Read More


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Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program at UTHSC Receives $1.87 Million Grant

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Since 2001, the Relative Caregiver Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has helped ensure that children whose parents cannot care for them are able to remain in their family’s care, instead of the foster care system. Relative caregivers are family members who are related to a child by blood, marriage, or adoption… Read More


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Research Team Awarded $2.4 Million for Radiation Treatment Study

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $2.4 million to Radhakrishna Rao, PhD, vice chair and professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, to develop medical countermeasures to treat gastrointestinal acute radiation syndrome. Radiation exposure due to large-scale nuclear incidents is a global concern. Gastrointestinal… Read More


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College of Nursing Offers 3rd Annual Opioid Conference

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The 3rd Annual Opioid Conference and Pre-Conference will bring together experts in substance use disorder to share how genetics, trauma, and opportunity contribute to developing opioid use disorder across the lifespan. This conference will be hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing March 3, with a pre-conference for prescribers March… Read More