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Cynthia Russell Named Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs

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Cynthia Russell, PhD, RN, has been named interim vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs (AFSA) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She will begin her new role in early 2021. Dr. Russell previously served as the associate vice chancellor for Faculty Affairs, a role she’s held since 2012. In addition, Dr.… Read More


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Vaccines Offer ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ in Fighting COVID-19, CDC Director Says

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  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, MD, said the next few months of the pandemic will be probably the worst in the history of public health in the United States. However, vaccines on the horizon provide a “light at the end of the tunnel” in the battle against COVID-19. During a… Read More


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Gregg Mitchell, MD, Named Chair of UTHSC Family Medicine in Jackson

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Gregg Mitchell, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in Jackson for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell has been serving as interim chair since 2015 and serves the department as both the program director and fellowship director. Dr. Mitchell, who assumed his new role… Read More


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UTHSC’s Jefferies Receives $2.1 Million Grant for Childhood Cancer Research

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John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, Jay M. Sullivan Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and chief of Cardiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, to study how exercise impacts childhood cancer survivors. His co-principal investigator is Kirsten K.… Read More


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“Uncomfortable Conversations” Series Creates Open Dialogue for UTHSC Students

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In June, hundreds of health care professionals, staff, and students participated in “White Coats for Black Lives,” at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a display of solidarity against racism. “This does not stop at this protest,” said Elizabeth Clayton, a second-year medical student. “We must continue to examine our own hearts and minds.… Read More


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UTHSC College of Medicine Launches 3-Year Curriculum Program For Primary Care Fields

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The College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is pleased to launch an accelerated curriculum program to allow students committed to practicing in primary care fields to complete their medical education and training in three years, instead of the customary four years. The Accelerated 3-Year MD Program was approved in late… Read More


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UTHSC to Host Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention For Zoom Conversation About COVID-19 Pandemic

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Robert R. Redfield, MD, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Monday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to noon CST, for a conversation on Zoom about the COVID-19 pandemic and public health response to the virus. Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of… Read More


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UTHSC To Hold Virtual 2020 Winter Commencement December 10

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will graduate 89 new health care professionals during its virtual 2020 Winter Commencement ceremony on December 10. In addition, for the first time, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree will be awarded to 456 students from the College of Pharmacy. The ceremony will take place at… Read More