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GrandRounds UT Medical Group Expands Nephrology Services

Dr. William Gabbard and Dr. Jagannath H. Saikumar have joined the department of nephrology at UT Medical Group. Gabbard earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Dr. William Center College of Gabbard Medicine and completed residencies in radiology and internal medicine at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville. He completed a fellowship in interventional Dr. Jagannath H. Saikumar nephrology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans and pursued additional training in interventional nephrology at the Dialysis Access Center of Atlanta. Gabbard is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in nephrology. An assistant professor at the UT Health Science Center, he specializes in vascular access procedures, including fistulagram, fistula salvage, fistula and dialysis graft maintenance, thrombectomy, central line placement, and venous angioplasty. In addition, he cares for

patients with end stage renal disease and provides consultative nephrology services. Saikumar graduated from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College at Bangalore University, India. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio, followed by fellowship training in advanced nephrology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Saikumar earned a master’s degree in public health at Wichita State University in Kansas and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Toledo. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and nephrology. As an assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center, he also serves as a consulting nephrologist in UT affiliated hospitals. He specializes in chronic kidney disease, continuous renal replacement therapy, and acute kidney injury.

Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD, Named Chair, Department of Neurology, UTHSC

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has appointed Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD, as chair of the Department of Neurol-

ogy and Semmes-Murphey Professor. Dr. Alexandrov comes to UTHSC from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he has been a Dr. Andrei V. Alexandrov professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases. He has also served as director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Neurovascular Ultrasound Laboratory. In addition, he was medical director of the Stroke Service and the Intermediate Care Stroke Unit at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. Dr. Alexandrov, who begins work at UTHSC in March, received his MD degree in 1989 from the First Moscow Medical Institute in Russia, specializing in clinical neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow. He completed his fellowship training in stroke and cerebrovascular ultrasound at the University of Toronto and The University of Texas. Dr. Alexandrov has published 137 original papers, 16 case reports, three textbooks, and 128 review articles, editorials, invited publications and book chapters. He is director of the Neurosonology Examination and honorary advisor to the board of directors of the American Society of Neuroimaging. He also sits on the boards of the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Dr. Alexandrov is editor-in-chief of Brain and Behavior, and is an editorial board member of several publications including, Stroke, International Journal of Stroke, the Journal of Neuroimaging and the Stroke Interventionalist Journal. Dr. Alexandrov is an active, elected member of the American Neurological Association. He holds

a U.S. patent for using ultrasound to enhance perfusion (blood flow) of tissues (or sonothrombolysis), and specializes in the development of novel reperfusion (restoration of blood flow) therapies for stroke.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Names Vice President of Ambulatory IT Services

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has named Cynthia Davis vice president of Ambulatory IT Services in the Information Technology Division. In this position, she is responsible for developing and implementing ambulatory IT services, and will report Cynthia Davis to Chief Healthcare Information Officer and Senior Vice President Alastair MacGregor, MB, CHB, MRCGP. Prior to joining Methodist, Cynthia headed her own clinician-led healthcare informatics consulting firm, CIC Advisory, specializing in strategy and planning, business intelligence and analytics, clinical informatics and optimization. Before forming her own firm, she served as vice president of Clinical Transformation at BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Florida, as well as vice president/chief information officer at DeKalb Regional Health Systems and Sumter Regional Medical Center. A registered nurse, Cynthia has also held senior management positions at MetroHealth and Munson Medical Center. Cynthia earned her MHSA from the University of Michigan. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS).

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Research in Acute Stroke). “The idea behind the network is to take what we already know how to do and do it in a more efficient way,” Janis said. NINDS has a long history of overseeing successful stroke clinical trials, including the first treatment for acute stroke, announced in 1995. Although sometimes slow, research translated from bench to bedside still has been so successful that mortality rates from stroke have declined significantly over the past decade. While still a leading cause of disability, stroke recently moved from the third leading cause of death in the United States to the fourth. Janis noted funding still would be available to researchers outside the network when appropriate. However, he

added, the goal would be to collaborate with the network and to coordinate trials through the new mechanisms now in place. “We want to be able to use this infrastructure we’re investing in to be our frontline sites for stroke trials,” he stated. In the Southeast, lead research sites include Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Providers and researchers can learn more about the network and clinical trials through the new website at nihstrokenet.org.

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