Russell Rothman, MD, MPP


Thank you for your time, efforts and commitment to the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. 

May you have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Best wishes,

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP
Senior Vice President, Population and Public Health
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health

HERO-TOGETHER study seeks health care workers who receive COVID-19 vaccine

"As we learn more about experiences from people who are vaccinated, we can answer questions to address this urgent public health crisis and learn how to best protect communities,” said Russell Rothman, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Medicine and Public Health and co-chair of the HERO Research Program Steering Committee.
Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH

Tennessee’s uninsured children have doubled since 2019 and 2 in 5 live with food insecurity, poll finds

“The fact that 1 in 10 parents cannot afford food for their children and a similar number are uninsured should be a wakeup call to us all as we enter the holiday season — we have to do more," said Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy.

Office of Health Equity (OHE) announces the recipients of the first Health Equity Innovation Awards (HEIAs)

The awards, which were initiated to close gaps for individuals facing social, cultural, geographic, and economic barriers to health care, support innovative ideas and solutions aimed at advancing health equity.
Sean Collins, MD, MSCI

Heart failure study seeks to reduce hospitalizations

Avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations by providing self-care interventions to these patients could save the nation’s health care system millions of dollars a year, said Sean Collins, MD, professor of Emergency Medicine at VUMC and principal investigator of the clinical trial, the results of which were published recently in JAMA Cardiology.

Vanderbilt Symposium on Implementation Research in the Learning Health System

A 3-day virtual symposium, sponsored by the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research (CCQIR) and VICTR/CTSA Learning Healthcare System showcased improvement and implementation research across a range of clinical areas. For all 21 posters and recordings of the keynote and panels please visit the CCQIR website.
Kevin Johnson, MD, MS

Informatics in the Round

Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biomedical Informatics, professor of Pediatrics and informatician-in-chief at VUMC, is the creator behind “Informatics in the Round,” a podcast devoted to topics of general interest in biomedical informatics.
Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH
Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH, research professor of Health Policy, is quoted in a Newsweek piece about some cities with mask mandates still seeing an increase in COVID cases.
Daniel Muñoz, MD, MPA
Daniel Muñoz, MD, MPA, associate professor of Medicine, has been named the new executive medical director of the Patient Care Center (PCC) at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI), effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Melinda Buntin, PhD
Melinda Buntin, PhD, professor and chair of Health Policy, was quoted in an Associated Press story about research showing that counties in Tennessee that do not require residents to wear masks in public have higher death rates from COVID-19.


Stacie Dusetzina, PhD
Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy, was quoted in a story in The New York Times about the relationship between government and business and how the pandemic is revealing aspects of that relationship.


William Schaffner, MD
William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news.


Maria Duggan, MD

The 4Ms Framework: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility

“When our team of clinicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, pharmacists, and therapists center care on the 4Ms, it helps ensure we are aligned with the patient’s goals and doing everything we can to avoid preventable harm,” said Maria Duggan, M.D., clinical director of geriatric operations at Vanderbilt University Hospital.  

Velma McBride Murry, PhD

Velma McBride Murry, PhD, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., MSCI, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Matthew Weinger, MD, MS
Matthew Weinger, MD, MS, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished contributions to the fields of human factors, clinician performance, and patient safety.
Wesley Self, MD, MPH
Wesley Self, MD, MPH, was appointed Vice President for Clinical Research Networks and Strategy.

PhD Programs 

Health Policy PhD Deadline to apply is January 15, 2021
Epidemiology PhD  Deadline to apply is January 15, 2021

Tuesday, January 5| 12 PM -1 PM
The Center for Health Services Research Works in Progress:
"Understanding facilitators and barriers for informed consent for including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in health-related research" 
T.A. McDonald, PhD
Zoom details will be emailed to the Vanderbilt community on Fridays; contact
Friday, January 8 | 12 PM -1 PM
The Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research Scholarly Series:
" An Introduction to the Dimensions of RE-AIM and Some of its Misconceptions" 
Thomas Strayer, PhD

Friday, January 15 | 12 PM -1 PM
The Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research Scholarly Series:
"Vaccine Hesitancy - HPV and COVID" 
Jennifer Cunningham Erves, PhD, MPH, MEd, MS, CHES
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