Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Need for a Structurally Competent Health Care System

"COVID-19 is a disease of communities and networks, a pathogen that floats along the infrastructures of human relations. Only by better strengthening networks and supporting all communities will anyone, and everyone, return to well-being." Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society stated in his recent publication.

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Initial COVID-19 testing data show impact in Nashville’s minority communities

“It’s critical to draw awareness to the disparity in communication and access to treatment as well as the economic, cultural and societal factors that impact ability to navigate care. We’re zeroing in on disaggregating the data by race, ethnicity and language because we can’t address inequities if we don’t know who they are,” said  Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, vice president for Health Equity for VUMC,  associate dean for Health Equity at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

E Wesley Ely, MD.

COVID-19 and CIBS Center in the News 

The Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center is studying the cognitive function and physical outcomes of COVID-19 survivors to understand the relationship between COVID-19 and long-term health from the pandemic. It may be that the dementia seen after critical illness, that we already study, could be made worse for COVID-19 patients. Neurotropism of coronaviridae (CoVs) is known to have occurred in both the SARS and MERS epidemics. SARS-CoV-2 closely shares the viral structure and pathobiology of SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

Tina Hartert, MD, MPH

Study to determine rate of novel coronavirus infection in U.S. children

"It’s not known whether children are more resistant to the virus or whether they are infected by the virus just as frequently as adults but don’t get symptoms. One consistent trend recognized early in the pandemic was that children weren’t as often becoming critically ill compared with adults, but this doesn’t equate to children not getting infected,” said Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, VUMC’s Vice President for Translational Research, director of the Center for Asthma Research and the Lulu H. Owen Professor of Medicine.

Stephen Patrick, MD

Awareness lags about dangers in the home, even during COVID-19

“Parents have not gotten the message that leftover opioids in their homes are dangerous. Providers and pharmacists need to remember to give clear instructions to patients on how to dispose of opioids, and policymakers need to enhance efforts to promote and enable safe disposal,” said Stephen Patrick, MD, a neonatologist and director of The Center for Child Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH

Two experts discuss parallels with new COVID-related syndrome
“It’s important for all of us to be patient and to be thoughtful in thinking about a new illness,” Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at VUMC, said. “As scientists, we need to work together, to collaborate, and to approach these ideas in a multidisciplinary manner.”

What does health care look like after COVID-19 pandemic?
"Two issues about the medical system after the current wave are particularly important: What type of organizations will be available to treat patients a few months from now? And how will those patients be most effectively served?"Read more here

VIGH awarded $3 million for building research capacity in Nigeria and Mozambique
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) has received a new research training grant and a renewal for an existing training program from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build HIV-focused research capacity with key partners in Nigeria and Mozambique.

Sean Collins, MD, MSCI

Soldier-Inspired Innovation Incubator for Discovering Research-Based Solutions (VRA)
Sean Collins, MD, MSCI, professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, director of the Center for Emergency Care Research and Innovation at VUMC and colleagues from across the campus collaborate on the 2020 Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs). Soldier-Inspired Innovation Incubator for Discovering Research-Based Solutions has been selected for TIPs funding in Vanderbilt Re-Investment Awards (VRA) category.

VUMC faculty receive grant to expand LGBTQ voices in biomedical research

Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society researchers were awarded a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) to explore LGBTQ+ perspectives on a range of issues related to biomedical research.

Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH

Vanderbilt Divinity and VA partner on doctor of ministry for chaplains

A new partnership between Vanderbilt Divinity School and Mental Health and Chaplaincy, a national program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration, will relaunch a doctor of ministry program at Vanderbilt. The program aims to equip chaplains with best practices for providing high-quality, evidence-based care for persons with diverse psychosocial–spiritual needs. “A national movement has been underway the past few decades to include more spiritual care under the umbrella of good health care for our military population. I believe that chaplains are well suited to provide that assistance." said Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, director of Mental Health and Chaplaincy Program.

Matthew Freiberg, MD, MSc

Study finds zinc doesn’t reduce mortality, other health risks, for heavy alcohol users living with HIV/AIDS
"Although low adherence likely influenced the outcome in the trial, zinc significantly lowered mortality risk among those who were adherent.", said the study’s lead author, Matthew Freiberg, MD, MSc, professor of Medicine and Dorothy and Laurence Grossman Professor of Cardiology.

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM, Professor of Medicine, has been named as the new Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research effective July 1, 2020. 

Matthew Weinger, MD, MS

Matthew Weinger, MD, MS was awarded the Denis M. O'Day Award for Team-Implemented Curriculum Reform.

Chris Lindsell, PhD

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) recently named Chris Lindsell, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as its president for 2020-2021.

 Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH

Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH, was honored with the VUMC Biomedical Science Impact Award for her 2019 JAMA publication titled “Association of Treatment With Metformin vs Sulfonylurea With Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events Among Patients With Diabetes and Reduced Kidney Function”. 

Alvin Jeffery, PhD, FNP

Alvin Jeffery, PhD, FNP, was elected to the American Association of
Critical-Care Nurses Board of Directors. 

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