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VOL. 43 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 15, 2019

Shamiyeh promoted at UT Medical Center

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Dr. James Shamiyeh will become senior vice president and chief quality officer of The University of Tennessee Medical Center on March 1.

He joined the medical center in 2005 as a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician, most recently serving as medical director of the organization’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute.

Shamiyeh replaces Dr. Inga Himelright, who died last year.

“Since joining the medical center, James has been integrally involved in projects to improve the quality of care and the efficiency of our operations, all for the benefit of our patients and community,” says Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “That commitment and level of attention to every detail in the care process makes Shamiyeh the perfect fit for chief quality officer.”

Shamiyeh will focus on the continued improvement of what are known as the quality metrics of the hospital, limiting infections, improving patient outcomes, and keeping people out of the hospital once they’re discharged after being a patient.

“My prior responsibilities and projects have instilled in me a desire to ensure that The University of Tennessee Medical Center delivers safe, efficient, effective, timely and patient-centered care for those we serve,” Dr. Shamiyeh says. “This role will allow me to coordinate efforts with the outstanding team members and medical staff across multiple departments and centers of excellence to ensure that we deliver the highest possible value across the entire continuum of care. I’m excited to have this tremendous opportunity after nearly 14 years at the medical center.”

Previously, Shamiyeh previously served as chief of staff at the medical center. He will continue to practice medicine with the medical center’s inpatient critical care and pulmonary services.

After earning an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, Shamiyeh completed his medical education at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.

He did his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, where he served as chief resident and later completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He additionally earned a master of science in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After joining the medical center, Shamiyeh earned his MBA from UT.

Hadjerioua elected to ASCE fellowship


Boualem Hadjerioua, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Hadjerioua, leader of the Water-Energy Technology group in the Environmental Sciences Division, is a water systems engineer focusing on innovations in hydropower and pumped storage research and development.

His research advances technologies that address challenges and opportunities in the use of water and energy resources.

ASCE selects fellows from among the top 3 percent of their membership based on members’ contributions to the profession and development of “creative solutions that change lives around the world.”

ORNL’s Pierce selected for DOE program


Eric Pierce, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected by the Department of Energy for the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership program.

He is one of 15 early-career and midcareer professionals selected for the yearlong Oppenheimer program, which was developed to introduce the next generation of leaders to the breadth and depth of the national laboratory system.

Pierce is an environmental geochemist and conducts low-temperature geochemistry research with an emphasis on processes occurring at the solid-fluid interface.

He leads the Earth Sciences group, which conducts fundamental and applied research to improve understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in terrestrial ecosystems.

Studies include a focus on the impact of byproducts from energy production, such as contaminants, on environmental resources like groundwater.

Cardiologist Abazid opens office in LaFollette


Bassem A. Abazid, M.D., a cardiologist with Tennova Heart, is now practicing at a new office in LaFollette.

Abazid specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. He is experienced in a wide range of noninvasive imaging studies, including nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography.

His new office is in the medical office building at LaFollette Medical Center, 919 East Central Ave., Suite 102. He also sees patients at his office at North Knoxville Medical Center, 7557B Dannaher Drive, Suite 208, Powell.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis and completed his internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

He also completed fellowship training in cardiology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is board certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology and adult echocardiography.

“I am committed to personalized care for my patients as well as consultation with other physicians on matters of the heart,” Abazid says. “Nuclear medicine and other noninvasive studies allow us to gain a clearer picture of what is happening with a patient’s heart, which can play a critical role in assessment and treatment following injury, infection or heart attack.”

Summit Pediatrics welcomes Dee

Dr. Whitney Dee has joined Summit Pediatrics in Maryville.

As a pediatric physician, Dee is dedicated to caring for children from newborn to age 21 and is currently seeing patients Mondays and Fridays. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Previously, Dee worked at Maryville Pediatric Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Maryville College and earned her medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Summit Pediatrics at Maryville, at 616 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UT’s Taufer wins IBM Faculty Award


University of Tennessee professor Michela Taufer has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award for $20,000.

This highly competitive award recognizes leadership in high-performance computing and its importance to the computing industry.

UT’s Min H. Kao department of electrical engineering and Computer Science is building a partnership with IBM under the leadership of Taufer, Department Head Greg Peterson and Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra.

Taufer will lead work with IBM to bring the IBM Onsite Deep Learning Workshop on campus.

“Greg Peterson, Jack Dongarra and I are working with IBM to launch a Summit-like IBM cluster to enable our efforts to move software to the next generation of supercomputers while ensuring the continued leadership of UT within high-performance computing and computational science,” Taufer says.

“IBM is thrilled to recognize Taufer’s leadership on high-performance computing and partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab,” says Jamie M. Thomas, IBM Systems’ general manager of systems strategy and development.

UTSI grad student wins AIAA contest


Matthew Schwartz, a University of Tennessee graduate research assistant, won first place during the AIAA International Student Competition at the annual AIAA Sci-Tech Convention.

Schwartz is earning his master’s degree in aerospace engineering and plans to take an internship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after graduation.

His recent win was a follow-up competition to a regional AIAA Student Competition that he won in April 2018.

The Nashville native works on the computational fluid dynamics team in the HORIZON Research group at the University of Tennessee Space Institute working under professor John Schmisseur and focusing on high-speed aerodynamics.

“I have the absolute best research group, and the students and professors within this group could not have been more helpful in my preparation or more proud and supportive of my win,” Schwartz says.

Student creates new logo for ACA

Maryville College senior Evan Gambill has designed the Appalachian College Association’s new logo, unveiled recently.

The ACA is a nonprofit consortium of 35 private four-year liberal arts institutions spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Collectively, these higher education institutions serve nearly 65,000 students. Maryville College is a member institution.

The logo designed by Gambill includes the organization’s name with the Appalachian Mountains in the background – all framed by a graduation cap.

“In my logo design, my primary goal was to incorporate some elements from their previous logo,” says Gambill, a design major from Maryville. “The easiest way for me to achieve this was to include shades of yellow and dark teal they had previously used.

“It was clear to me that I needed to strike a balance between updating their look while also respecting the qualities of their past identity. The best way to visualize a college association such as the ACA was with the graduation cap. The graduation cap is symbolic for both the future of upcoming graduates and for the past of college alumni.”

Adrienne Schwarte, chair of the Division of Fine Arts and associate professor of art at Maryville College, assisted the ACA with the logo project.

Gambill’s design was selected from “a strong pool” of student designs, said Beth Rushing, president of the Appalachian College Association.

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