Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Gold Medal winner at World Kettlebell Sport Championships!

At this year’s World Kettlebell Sport Championships, held in Ireland, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Deputy Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine had earned a place as a member of the U.S. national team, and she stood on the winner’s podium proudly wearing the gold medal she earned. 
Sandra Simmons, PhD
Sandra Simmons, PhD, named to Paul V. Hamilton, M.D. Chair in Geriatrics
Dr. Simmons was recognized by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente, deans, colleagues, family members and donors for extraordinary academic achievements in a celebration to honor faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs. Crowd honors eight new endowed chair recipients.

Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC
Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, medical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn and Emergency Surgery, has been elected chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County. Click here for more

Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH

The study published in September 19 JAMA  concluded that among patients with diabetes and reduced kidney function persisting with monotherapy, treatment with metformin,compared with asulfonylurea, was associated with a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE).
"Until recently the use of metformin in patients with diabetes and impaired kidney function was cautioned against due to safety concerns. The effectiveness of metformin demonstrated in this study will further support a potential change in prescribing practices for these patients. We believe these results should encourage providers to continue use of metformin in mild-to-moderate kidney disease,” said a leader of the study, Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at VUMC.
Daniel Muñoz, MD
Thomas Wang, MD
The pill may address some of the barriers that contribute to disparities in health based on geography, socioeconomic class and other parameters that we know have existed in this country and other countries for a while now,” said senior author Thomas Wang, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
"Patients seeking care at community health centers have traditionally been under-represented in clinical trials. We need to better understand what works and what doesn’t in these settings so we can improve outcomes for our fellow citizens who may be the most vulnerable,” said lead author Daniel Muñoz, MD, a cardiologist at VUMC.

Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH
The study published in JAMA Oncology reviewed cancer incidence data on 48,364 smokers from the Southern Community Cohort Study in one of the largest comprehensive evaluations to date of lung cancer screening guidelines established by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of Thoracic Surgery and fellow researchers concluded that those guidelines may be too conservative for African Americans, setting the stage for later diagnoses and reduced odds of survival.
William Cooper, MD, MPH
The study published in JAMA Surgery  reports patients of surgeons with higher numbers of reports from co-workers about unprofessional behavior are significantly more likely to experience complications during or after their operations. William Cooper, MD, MPH, Vice President for Patient and Professional Advocacy at VUMC and team concluded that compared with patients whose surgeons had no reports, those whose surgeons were reported for unprofessional behavior in the 36 months before their operations were more likely to have wound infections and other complications including pneumonia, blood clots, renal failure, stroke and heart attack.
Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD
"At the end of my PhD, I went back to do some of my clinical rotations to finish out the MD, and I realized I really like spending time with patients. Having been in the lab for several years working on a single gene, I just said to myself, ‘For future research questions I really need to do something more translational, something that bridges discovery in the lab to actual care of patients." Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases featured in Summer 2019 At Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Pioneers of Hope series.
William Schaffner, MD
William Schaffner, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine, was interviewed for numerous stories in the past few days, including:

Healthline piece on why soap and water work better than hand sanitizers, and a second story at the same site about why people are more likely to get sick in winter.

Everyday Health reporter Deb Fulghum Bruce, PhD, interviewed Dr. Schaffner for a story about a new study that found disabling a certain protein can be the answer to curing the common cold.

Associated Press national reporter Lauran Neergaard and 
Everyday Health reporter Don Rauf interviewed him for stories about the upcoming influenza season.

Dr. Schaffner was quoted in an
 Associated Press
 story about recent data about measles.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen interviewed Dr. Schaffner for a story about how U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will not be vaccinating migrants for the flu. 
“CBS This Morning interviewed Dr. Schaffner for a story about the Legionnaires outbreak in Atlanta. reporter Bryant Furlow interviewed Dr. Schaffner for a story about the ongoing multi-state hepatitis A outbreaks.

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