Justin Bachmann, MD

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Bachmann!

Justin Bachmann, MD, was  selected by the ACC Research Fellowship Awards Committee to receive the ACC Presidential Career Development Award which provides $70,000 in funding during the training year 2019-2020. The fellowship will begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020. 

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

Study Uses IT to Prevent Early Childhood Obesity

A research team led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, has been approved for a $7 million research funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a randomized, multi-center trial comparing clinic and consumer information technology approaches to promote healthy behaviors and prevent early childhood obesity.

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Dr. Wilkins Named Vice President for Health Equity

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Associate Professor of Medicine and Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center  and Associate Dean for Health Equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Teresa Chipps, Program Manager

For Chipps, Acceptance, Understanding are Crucial

“One of the most important parts of what I do is provide support for our team,” said Teresa Chipps, Program Manager for Vanderbilt’s Center for Asthma Research. “Being a person who others can go to and count on is rewarding. We have a lot of very bright people at all stages of their careers. The mesh of new, fresh ideas and more seasoned experience leads to great collaborative teamwork and success. Our team is highly respected in the field of research.”
 Beth Malow, MD, MS

‘Very Exciting Time’ for Sleep Research as Studies Zero in on Performance, Health

“Sleep is involved in so many aspects of health and quality of life these days. It’s a very exciting time because it’s spanning health care, research and public policy. For example, policy makers are becoming interested in areas linked to sleep such as school start times because that can play a major role in teen health and education — even driving safety,” said Beth Malow, MD, MS, Burry Professor of Cognitive Childhood Development, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was named Tennessee’s Best Sleep Doctor by Reader’s Digest.

Lindsay Mayberry,PhD 

Low Health Literacy Associated with Early Death for Cardiovascular Patients

Health literacy is the ability to access and use reliable health information to make decisions, according to the study’s lead author, Lindsay Mayberry, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine. The study followed 3,000 patients hospitalized for cardiovascular disease at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with acute coronary syndrome, heart failure or both. The study considered how sick patients were — co-morbidities, type of cardiovascular disease, recent hospitalizations — but also looked at social and behavioral factors including social support, medication adherence, smoking behavior and physical activity.

Stephen Patrick, MD,MPH, MS

Long-Term Unemployment Linked to Increase in Babies Born with Drug Withdrawal

Babies born after being exposed to opioids before birth are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the RAND Corporation. “The finding should open our eyes to the social complexities that lead to newborns being treated for drug withdrawal in our nation’s hospitals,” said Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy and lead author of the paper.
Wayne Ray, PhD

Study Defines Association of Oral Anticoagulants and Proton Pump Inhibitors to Gastrointestinal Bleeding Risk

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published this week in JAMA shows that patients already at higher risk for gastrointestinal bleeding gain a marked protection from this risk when they take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) in combination with an oral anticoagulant. “The data suggest that if you give a population oral anticoagulants, 1 to 1.5 percent will have major upper gastrointestinal bleeding every year; that’s a major side effect,” said lead author Wayne Ray, PhD, Professor of Health Policy at VUMC.
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