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Fresh Start

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

When Sonia Richard was diagnosed with stage 3c colorectal cancer at age 30, she felt lost. “I didn’t know anyone my age who had dealt with cancer,” Richard said. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Adult Program is a new initiative to help people diagnosed in the prime of their lives. It’s designed for patients ages […]

Expanded Footprint

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has established new leadership positions as the network expands the reach of its clinical services. The new positions are executive medical director, senior medical director for VICC Cancer Care Network and Strategy and chief surgical officer.   Laura Goff, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine, has been named the executive medical director […]

Molecular Mission

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, has a microscopic focus on solving the molecular mysteries of cancer and a panoramic approach to sharing that knowledge. He is committed to the democratization of precision oncology — helping more people gain access to the highly personalized medicines that are transforming cancer care. “It shouldn’t be that just the […]

Barrier Breaker

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Karen Winkfield was a senior in high school, skipping class and hanging out in the cafeteria, when she felt a tap on her shoulder. Mrs. Miller, a mild-mannered woman with dark curly hair who taught English, wanted to know why her star student had suddenly become a slacker. Winkfield confided that her parents would not […]

Exceptional Collaboration

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) received an overall “exceptional” score for its research impact and excellence in patient care. This achievement merits renewed funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and places it once again in a top group of NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The renewal of the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) provides Vanderbilt-Ingram […]

Unraveling a Viral Maze

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

When a new coronavirus began infecting people in China, then spread rapidly across Europe and became a global pandemic, Vanderbilt researchers provided international leadership for assessing its impact on cancer patients. Jeremy Warner, MD, MS, and Leora Horn, MD, MSc, worried about the potential and unique threats that COVID-19, the mysterious disease caused by the […]

Leadership Transitions

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

As a new decade begins, researchers are passing on the baton to others who will lead some of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s most important initiatives. After serving 16 years as associate director for Research Education, Ann Richmond, PhD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, is stepping down from the leadership post. Richmond, who is internationally known for […]

Handed Down

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

John Joseph Heirigs either built or preserved some of the most iconic landmarks in Memphis. His construction company erected the Egyptian-themed entrance to the zoo and renovated the historic buildings along Beale Street. An avid outdoorsman, he set the state record in 1962 for bagging a white tail deer, and he spent weekends with his […]

‘Why not me?’

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

If you came across Brooke Thomas with her family and friends “eating their way through Nashville,” as she describes it, you’d never know she was really there for cancer treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Thomas has metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, and admits that in the beginning she was often asking herself, “Why me?” But she […]

The GVHD tightrope

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Brenda Bisson was 37 in 2004 when she found out she had acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer. Her three children were 14, 8 and 16 months at the time. Her marriage was strained. Her prognosis was dire. Months after her diagnosis, she had an allogeneic stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer […]

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