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GrandRounds UTHSC Names New Executive Dean of College of Medicine Scott Strome, MD, FACS, an internationally recognized head and neck surgeon, has been named Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) effective on or before Scott Strome October 1. Dr. Strome comes to UTHSC from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM) where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OTO-HNS) for 13 years. A respected cancer surgeon and investigator, he brings both research and clinical expertise to UTHSC. “For me, this is a really tremendous opportunity to help shape the research, educational, and clinical missions of the school,” Dr. Strome said. “I was looking for a place that already had many strengths, but also had room for someone to build.” At UTHSC, Dr. Strome said he plans to focus on all of the university’s missions. In education, he plans to develop new ways to help students learn the vast

amount of knowledge they need to obtain during medical school and to teach them in ways that will be useful in their career. “We have to think about how we really teach our students to be lifelong learners,” he said. “And we have to teach them about how to give back to the community.” Dr. Strome said he is passionate about finding ways to reduce the cost of medical education. “I want to make certain that everybody within the state and outside the state as well, if they want to be a doctor and they have the requirements, they have the opportunity,” he said. Dr. Strome has been a mentor for students and championed efforts to reduce medical student debt at UMSOM. As a clinician, Dr. Strome has particular expertise in the treatment of head and neck tumors, thyroid cancer, and diseases of the anterior skull base. He spends one day a week in the clinical setting and one day a week in the surgical setting. His plan is to expand the UTHSC clinical operation, while focusing on quality patient outcomes and cutting-edge advancements and technologies As a researcher, he is the founder and former co-leader of the program in tumor immunology and immunotherapy in the University of Maryland’s comprehensive cancer center. He has been a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher and is the co-founder of Gliknik Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity. Highlights of Dr. Strome’s research career include his roles in helping to define the translational potential of manipulating PDL1: PD-1 interactions for the treatment of cancer – discoveries that are being employed for the treatment of patients with malignant disease – as well as the development of a new class of drugs for the treatment of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. “I’m really excited to grow the research portfolio of the school, to expand the entrepreneurial opportunities within the school, to refine the educa-

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tional activities of the students, and to partner with the community to ensure that we are addressing their health care needs,” Dr. Strome said. Dr. Strome received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his internship and residency at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, and a fellowship in OTOHNS reconstruction at Alleghany Health Education and Research Foundation in Philadelphia. He has been an associate consultant of otorhinolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic, and an assistant professor of OTO-HNS and an associate professor of OTO-HNS at Mayo Medical School. Dr. Strome joined University of Maryland Medical School in 2005, and in addition to serving as professor and chair of the Department Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, he has held a secondary appointment as a professor of immunology and microbiology. He was interim chair of both the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Department of Dermatology.

Methodist South Hospital Now Offering 3D Mammography Methodist South Hospital in Whitehaven has begun offering 3D mammography for breast cancer diagnostic screening exams using the Selenia 3D Dimensions Mammography System. The 3D exam provides more accurate detection and earlier diagnosis of breast cancer compared to 2D alone. 3D mammography already has been available at Methodist Diagnostic Center in Southaven, Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center, Midtown Diagnostic Center and Methodist North Hospital. “Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of additional screenings,” said Cherie Heard, director of radiology at Methodist South.  

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“Rather than taking a single picture of the entire thickness of the breast, 3D mammography involves taking multiple low-dose images of the breast from different angles,” said Heard. “These images are then used to produce a series of one millimeter slices or layers that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. We have the ability to evaluate each individual layer in much greater detail.”

While Debate Continues, continued from page 4 these facilities means that it is unlikely Tennessee will experience the same kind of explosive growth in freestanding emergency departments as in states like Texas. “In Texas, there is no requirement that a freestanding emergency department be affiliated with a hospital like we have in Tennessee,” Christoffersen said. “There is a very detailed structure about the process in Tennessee to ensure that these facilities meet the needs of the communities where they’re located.” The Texas boom began after a state ruling in 2009 that allowed freestanding emergency departments to be built and operated independent of hospital affiliation. The result was what some medical professionals have described as a “Wild West” surge in healthcare entrepreneurship that saw the rise of hundreds of independent freestanding emergency departments in less than a decade. Rob Morris is CEO and cofounder of Complete Care, which operates about two dozen freestanding emergency departments in Texas and Colorado. They treat more than 100,000 patients each year. He is also board chairman of the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers and on the board of the National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers. He acknowledges that there were some bumps along the way in Texas, but believes that his company is the face of the future. “I think we’re starting to see the free market at work. We offer the same services as a full-service hospital emergency department, but with a smaller footprint, excellent specialized care and much lower wait times,” Morris said. “Some operators made poor site selections and eventually closed, but I think we’re starting to see a course correction and I’m optimistic that this industry will emerge stronger because of it.” Baptist officials remain optimistic that state officials will agree the time has come for a freestanding emergency department in Shelby County. And they plan to present a compelling appeal at their hearing next month. “Emergency room visits continue to grow and grow and grow and this facility would help us decompress the ER at our East Memphis campus,” Chandler said. “We want to provide excellent, specialized care to those who need it. This is right for patients and right for the community.” memphismedicalnews


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