MPH's Buntin elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 17, 2017

Vanderbilt University’s Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., professor of Health Policy and chair of the department, and Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine and Vice President for Personalized Medicine, are among 70 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the organization announced this week.

In this week's MMWR, student Mary-Margaret Fill reports multiple cases of Seoul virus infection

October 12, 2017

Mary-Margaret Fill, M.D., is a student in the Epidemiology track of the Vanderbilt MPH Program and a Medical Epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health. Co-authors for this publication include Vanderbilt MPH Program alumna Annabelle de St. Maurice, M.D., M.P.H., Vanderbilt MPH Program founder and faculty member William Schaffner, M.D., and partners from the Tennessee Department of Health.

MPH’s alumnus Guillamondegui: Life-saving techniques in an active shooter situation

October 5, 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors and nurses treat about two gunshot wounds a day.That includes wounds from small handgun gunshots, all the way up to high-powered rifles like the ones used in the Las Vegas concert shooting. Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui is the trauma medical director at Vanderbilt. As a trauma surgeon, he regularly treats victims of gunshot wounds. Victims struck in an extremity can have a high chance of survival, depending on the care they receive after the gunshot.

MPH's Schaffner comments on fears of a major health crisis in Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Experts fear a major health crisis will unfold in Puerto Rico as the island remains without electricity and clean water. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said without clean water or wastewater facilities, residents in Puerto Rico are at risk for waterborne diseases.  

MPH’s Gonzales: LGBT community faces a variety of serious health problems

September 26, 2017

Experts say stress and lack of healthcare causes more heart disease, high blood pressure, and other ailments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. “There is minority stress,” Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Healthline. “And it’s above the everyday stress. There’s also a lot of variation within the LGBT community.”

MPH’s Graves comments on Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

September 26, 2017

Senate Republicans, seemingly short on votes for their last-ditch plan to repeal Obamacare, are desperately tweaking the bill in hopes of winning over both their moderate and conservative wings.The result is a plan from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-SC) that would go even further in rolling back Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions, while adding hundreds of millions of dollars meant to sweeten the deal for senators from key states.

MPH’s Buntin: Latest ACA repeal bill could hit those with pre-existing conditions

September 20, 2017

The latest Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill in the U.S. Senate raises the possibility that Tennesseans with pre-existing diseases could see increased costs or change in coverage. Under the proposal, states could choose to set new regulations on how much can be charged to people with pre-existing conditions who buy insurance on the market, whether insurers can limit benefits over a lifetime, and what insurance plans have to cover, said Melinda Buntin, chair of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's health policy department.

Vanderbilt University climbs ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings to reach No. 14

September 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report today named Vanderbilt University as one of the best universities in the country as part of the publication’s annual rankings of top universities. Vanderbilt rose to 14th place this year, its highest ranking to date, after holding at No. 15 the two previous years.