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Ronald H. Clements, M.D., joined Vanderbilt as professor of Surgery and director of Bariatric Surgery.

Timothy M. Geiger, M.D., joined the Vanderbilt Colon and Rectal Surgery Center as assistant professor of Surgery. He specializes in Transanal Endoscopic Micro-Surgery (TEMS) rectal surgery, rectal cancer, colon cancer and diverticulitis.

Alan J. Herline, M.D., has been appointed program co-chair of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. The Program Committee plans, implements and evaluates the scientific program of the annual meeting.

Michael D. Holzman, M.D., is the Lester and Sara Jayne Williams Professor of Surgery and has a strong interest in outcomes research. He collaborates with Dr. Poulose in these studies.

Willie V. Melvin, M.D., is adding robotic capabilities to the Bariatric Program. He is performing robotic bypasses and adjustable bands.

Roberta L. Muldoon, M.D., has been working with Drs. Benjamin Poulose, Joan Kaiser and William Nealon to develop the Vanderbilt Procedure Outcomes Database (VPOD). This database will provide ongoing data capture and analysis for patients undergoing operations or procedures at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for quality improvement, maintenance of Board certification and research.

William H. Nealon, M.D., was named chief of the division of General Surgery July 1, 2011.

Kenneth W. Sharp, M.D., remains active on the American Board of Surgery (director), the Southern Surgical Association (First vice president for 2011), the American College of Surgeons (Advisory Council for General Surgery, member of the Board of Directors for the ACS Foundation), and the Southeastern Surgical Congress (secretary – director). He was named vice-chair for Faculty Affairs in the department of Surgery July 1, 2011.