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Directorships honor VUMC’s critical missions

January 25, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on Monday held its first Directorship Celebration to honor and support eight of its leaders in clinical care, research, education and administration. “These directorships are critical to our entire institution, as they make it possible for us to fulfill our role as a national leader in healthcare,” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO of VUMC and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM).

Elise McMillan receives 2017 Freedom Award

November 10, 2017

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD co-director Elise McMillan and Governor Bill Haslam were both honored with the 2017 Freedom Award from Disability Rights Tennessee. The Freedom Award honors Tennesseans who through their leadership have advanced the rights of people with disabilities. The awards were given during the Fourth Annual Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon on Oct. 24. The annual event brought together almost 300 business, nonprofit, government, and community leaders to network and learn how to create and strengthen diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Hidden Figure

September 7, 2017

In 1964, with little fanfare, Harold Jordan, M.D., became the first African-American resident physician at Vanderbilt. Looking back to that time, he recalls the support of his colleagues and the challenges he faced.  

Vanderbilt launches study of development in pre-teens with and without autism

July 28, 2017

Adolescence and puberty is a time of significant physical, psychological, hormonal, and social changes. These changes are challenging for all youth but especially so for youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A large study being launched by Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the first to examine this critical period of development for youth with ASD.

McMillan to receive National Down Syndrome Congress' 2017 Education Award

July 3, 2017

Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD), Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, will receive the 2017 Education Award of the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) at its annual convention held July 20-23 in Sacramento, CA. This award recognizes McMillan’s “extraordinary impact at the community, state, and national levels by developing model inclusive education and higher education programs for students with Down syndrome.”

Riddle, Taylor article published in American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

May 24, 2017

Meghan Riddle, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Warren Taylor, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, were among the authors of an article titled "Longitudinal cognitive outcomes of clinical phenotypes of late-life depression," published recently in the March issue of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Fleisch selected as 2017 recipient of Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

May 22, 2017

Sheryl B. Fleisch, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, was selected as the 2017 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award voted on by graduating medical students. This award is given to recognize a faculty member who exemplifies compassion, empathy and respect for patients and for excellence in the art of medicine.  

Wilson paper on catatonia published in Psychiatric Times

April 4, 2017

Jo Ellen Wilson, M.D., MPH, Instructor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, was recently published in Psychiatric Times with an article she co-wrote titled "Update on Medical Catatonia: Highlight on Delirium." Catatonia is a distinct and heterogeneous neuropsychiatric syndrome, with both motoric and behavioral signs. It was formerly relegated to a schizophrenia subtype, or considered extinct after the advent of modern psychopharmacology.

Kuhn, Ebert provide lecture on emotion regulation, conflict management in medical care teams

April 4, 2017

Tarah M. Kuhn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, and Jon S. Ebert, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, were invited presenters for the Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Perioperative Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement Conference in Langford Auditorium on Mar. 3.