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VOL. 38 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 5, 2014

Hanto will lead pediatric liver transplant program

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Douglas Hanto, M.D., Ph.D., the new associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, will work with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to develop a comprehensive pediatric liver center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Hanto expects the pediatric liver transplant program to be operational by April.

Although his focus will be establishing the comprehensive pediatric liver center, a big organizational effort, he is looking forward to doing what he loves most – operating and taking care of patients.

Hanto comes to Vanderbilt from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was professor of Surgery and associate dean for Continuing Medical Education.

He has held numerous leadership positions in national and international professional surgical and transplant societies and boards. He has also published more than 230 articles and book chapters.

Tindle to direct tobacco research, treatment at VU


Vanderbilt University Medical Center has recruited Hilary Tindle, M.D., MPH, as director of tobacco research and treatment. Tindle is a well-known tobacco researcher who contributed to the 2014 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s report.

In addition to cancer, smoking also leads to cardiac diseases by hastening plaque buildup in blood vessels, or atherosclerosis.

Tobacco use is costing the U.S. $300 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. These societal costs are not geographically uniform. States like Tennessee and Kentucky still have some of the highest percentages of smokers, which may contribute to the region’s designation as the Stroke Belt and the Cancer Belt.

Over the next year, VUMC will create and implement the new patient-centered tobacco control program which will include education for providers and staff.

MTSU honors newly tenured, promoted faculty

MTSU recently recognized and honored 53 newly tenured and/or promoted faculty members during a recent at the school.

Newly tenured faculty and their respective colleges are:

Behavioral and Health Sciences – Cathy A. Cooper, School of Nursing, associate professor; Mark C. Frame, psychology, associate professor; and Barbara F. Turnage, social work, professor.

Education – Amy L. Childre, elementary and special education, professor.

Liberal Arts – Maria K. Bachman, English, professor; John P. Donovan, art, associate professor; Kyle D. Kennedy, speech and theatre, associate professor; and Gregory N. Reish, School of Music/Center for Popular Music, professor.

Newly promoted faculty and their respective colleges are:

Basic and Applied Sciences – Mark J. Abolins, geosciences, professor; Daniel B. Erenso, physics and astronomy, professor; Mary B. Farone, biology, professor; Matthew Klukowski, biology, professor; and D. Christopher Stephens, mathematical sciences, professor.

Behavioral and Health Sciences – Richard S. Farley, health and human performance, professor; Minsoo Kang, health and human performance, professor; and Lisa M. Sheehan-Smith, human sciences, professor.

Business – Mamit Deme, economics and finance, professor; and M. Wayne Rollins, business communication and entrepreneurship, professor.

Education – Becky B. Alexander, elementary and special education, associate professor; and Kyle A. Butler, educational leadership, professor.

Liberal Arts – Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, art, professor.

Mass Communication – Sanjay Asthana, School of Journalism, professor; and Jennifer B. Woodard, electronic media communication, professor.

University College – Marva S. Lucas, university studies, professor; and Scott N. McDaniel, university studies, professor.

Faculty who are both newly tenured and promoted are, by college:

Basic and Applied Sciences – Patricia J. Boda, geosciences, associate professor; Andrea M. Georgiou, aerospace, associate professor; Christopher R. Herlihy, biology, associate professor; and Nathanael Smith, physics and astronomy, associate professor.

Behavioral and Health Sciences – Gina R. Pisut, human sciences, associate professor.

Business – Charles F. Beauchamp, economics and finance, associate professor; Juanita G. Brooks, computer information systems, associate professor; Diane R. Edmondson, management and marketing, associate professor; Daniel L. Morrell, management and marketing, associate professor; Deana M. Raffo, management and marketing, associate professor; and Min Zhao, economics and finance, associate professor.

Education – Terry L. Goodin, educational leadership, associate professor; and Cheryl J. Hitchcock, elementary and special education, associate professor.

Liberal Arts – Priya Ananth, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor; Julie A.M. Barger, English, associate professor; Meredith H. Dye, sociology and anthropology, associate professor; Amy S. Kaufman, English, associate professor; M. Dawn McCormack, history, associate professor; Ann M. McCullough, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor; and Kari S. Neely, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor.

Mass Communication – Leon Alligood, School of Journalism, associate professor; Tricia M. Farwell, School of Journalism, associate professor; Matthew M. Foglia, recording industry, professor; Katherine A. Foss, School of Journalism, associate professor; Philip A. Loubere, School of Journalism, associate professor; and Jason B. Reineke, School of Journalism, associate professor.

James E. Walker Library – Christy A. Groves, associate professor; and Jason M. Vance, associate professor.

LBMC’S Gill receives Rotary’s Harris Award


LBMC’s Leisa Gill, LBMC private company segment leader and director of marketing strategy, has been honored with the Paul Harris Award by the Brentwood Rotary Club. The award, named after the Rotary founder, goes to individuals who strive to make a difference in their communities.

Gill has been honored as a National Marketer of the Year by CPA Marketing Report and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Association for Accounting Marketing.

In her role at LBMC, she oversees all aspects of marketing for LBMC’s seven affiliated companies. She is the past-president for the national Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM) and is a frequent speaker for industry groups such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Star Conferences and Leading Edge Alliance. In addition, her experience includes working with a financial planning firm and a national publishing company of business newspapers.

Gill is an Aquinas College graduate and is currently enrolled in Vanderbilt University/Owen Graduate School of Management’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 9 attorneys

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added nine attorneys to the firm’s Nashville office:

Taylor J. Ashley (associate) joins the firm’s Corporate & Business Practice Group. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Taylor was an associate at the Dallas office of Jones Day, where he advised clients in matters related to public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Taylor graduated from Harvard Law School and earned a B.S. from the University of Kentucky.

Dustin Carlton (associate) represents employers in a variety of traditional labor and employment matters including wage and hour, employment discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. Before joining the firm, he served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Samuel G. Wilson of the Western District of Virginia. Dustin graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law and earned a B.A. in theology from Oral Roberts University.

Adrienne E. Coronado (associate) is a litigator representing clients in business disputes and breach of contract disputes. Prior to attending law school, Coronado worked with the City of Winston-Salem (North Carolina) as a fair housing investigator, conducting housing discrimination investigations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Johnathan “Devon” Holbrook (associate) joins the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. Holbrook earned a J.D., master of accountancy and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

T. Mitchell James, III (associate) joins the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. Mitchell earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Alabama.

Sarah Miller (attorney) joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Miller practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, focusing on all aspects of business litigation. She graduated from William & Mary Law School and earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.

Clark Milner (associate) is a litigator representing clients in breach of contract disputes and business torts and fraud. Before joining the firm, Milner served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Thomas A. Varlan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Clark earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia.

Amy A. Poe (associate) joins the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group and focuses her practice on operational, regulatory and transactional support for wide range of national health care providers. Poe earned her J.D. and a M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. from Davidson College. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced in Raleigh, North Carolina with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP.

Ashley N. Thurman (associate) joins the firm’s Corporate & Business Practice Group focusing on matters related to corporate governance, SEC filings and offerings work, and mergers and acquisitions. Thurman graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and earned a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University.

Hall to lead Marian U. nursing academic services

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health announced that Dr. Constance Hall, Ed.D./CI, MSN, RN has been named director of nursing academic services.

In this position, Hall will be responsible for ensuring quality and continuous improvement of the nursing education program.

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health is an accelerated nursing program offering those with a bachelor’s degree in another field the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in as little as 16 months after successful completion of prerequisite courses.

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