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VOL. 36 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 09, 2012




VICC’s Wiesner to lead cancer program

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Georgia Wiesner, M.D., M.S., has joined the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as professor of Medicine and director of the newly created Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program.

Wiesner is certified in both internal medicine and medical genetics.

Prior to joining VICC, Wiesner was an associate professor of genetics and medicine and medical director of the Genetic Counseling Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

She was also the medical director of the cancer genetics program and a past director of the Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She has served as a past president of the American Board of Medical Genetics.

The new program will be jointly supported by VICC, the Division of Genetic Medicine and the Office of Personalized Medicine.

Curley returns to Bass, Berry & Sims

Matthew M. Curley, who in 2011 and 2012 served as an assistant U.S. Attorney and chief of the office’s Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, has returned to Bass, Berry & Sims as a partner in the firm’s Compliance and Government Investigations Practice Group.

During his previous tenure at the firm, Curley represented health care providers in connection with internal investigations regarding regulatory and compliance issues, investigations conducted by the Office of Inspector General and U.S. Department of Justice, and in related federal criminal and civil proceedings.

Along with Brian Roark, who leads the firm’s Healthcare Fraud and Abuse practice group, Curley serves as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University School of Law, teaching health care fraud and abuse.

Metova hires developers, development managers

Jack Bailey, John Beck, Michael Eatherly, James McCracken, John Owens, Logan Serman, Ali Taher and Ron Unger have joined custom mobile app developer Metova, Inc., as developers. Todd Grooms has joined the company as a lead developer, and Jill Henderson started as manager of software development.

Grooms previously worked at Metova from 2009 to 2011 and developed mobile software for Android, iOS and BlackBerry. During the last year, he took a mobile software developer position at Asurion, where he specialized in iOS.

Henderson is a 10-year video game industry veteran. She most recently worked for Zynga Games Inc. as a senior community manager. While at Zynga, Henderson provided community management and publishing support.

Bailey recently graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in software engineering. He previously worked as a developer at Jamais Vu Productions.

Beck earned a degree in economics and his master’s in computer science, both from Southern Illinois University, where he worked as a computer support assistant and computer lab technician.

Eatherly previously developed and maintained applications for HealthStream Inc.

McCracken recently graduated with a master’s degree in software engineering from Auburn University. He previously worked as a controls engineer for Prism Systems, Inc., developing systems including programmable logic controller code, touchscreen design and installation.

A recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, Owens holds a dual degree in computer science and chemistry. While at Vanderbilt, he served as a research assistant for the Vanderbilt Clinical Research Center.

Serman previously worked as a data warehouse intern for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s in computer science.

Taher, a California native, joins Metova having recently graduated from the University of California–Irvine with a degree in computer science. He previously worked for THQ, Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software

Unger comes to Metova from Jacobs Technology, where he worked for three years as a senior java enterprise developer for the technology engineering service provider.

VUMC’s Hamm honored by Dutch pharma society

Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has won the 2012 Ariens Award from the Dutch Pharmacological Society.

Hamm is the ninth American, the first woman and the first Vanderbilt pharmacologist to receive the award, which was established in 1984. The 2010 winner, Stanford University’s Brian Kobilka, Ph.D., just won a share of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Hamm was honored by the Dutch Pharmacological Society Oct. 1 at its annual meeting in Amsterdam where she presented the Ariens Lecture. The award is named for the late Dutch pharmacologist, Everhardus Jacobus Ariens, who made important contributions to the understanding of the function of receptors.

Hamm is a world leader in G proteins, intracellular molecular switches that translate and transmit signals from membrane-bound G protein-coupled receptors deep inside the cell. Learning how G proteins interact with their receptors could lead to new drugs for disorders as diverse as thrombotic diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hamm has received numerous honors for her research, including a Glaxo Cardiovascular Discovery Award and the Fritz Lipmann Memorial Lectureship at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

She served as ASBMB president from 2006 to 2008 and last year was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

LBMC adds 4 new hires to its Brentwood office

Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, has added the following personnel in its Brentwood office:

Rachel Jones, CPA, has joined as a staff member in tax services. She previously worked with the Crowe Horwath LLP as a staff member in the Federal Tax Division, where she specialized in clients in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries.

Lindsey Smith has joined the firm as a staff member in the firm’s state and local tax services department. Smith previously worked with the Tennessee Department of Revenue for three years, and served as marketing coordinator with TRICOR for six years.

Kurt J. Zollner has joined Accounting and Assurance Services. Zollner will be focusing on a variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing/distribution, real estate investment companies and service providers.

Chris Hampton has joined the accounting firm in a staff position in Accounting and Assurance Services. He will be assisting with general auditing projects across a variety of industries.

TriStar taps Grzeszczak medical director of PICU

Marek Grzeszczak, M.D., has assumed the new role of medical director at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s new pediatric intensive care unit, which opened Oct. 15.

Grzeszczak is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care.

His experience includes providing and managing critical, intensive care, and respiratory therapy programs for children 18 and younger.

Prior to joining TriStar Centennial, Grzeszczak was the medical director of pediatric transport services and an attending PICU physician at the Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children in Huntsville, Ala.

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