Department News

  • Medscape Quotes Lester-Coll on Cybersecurity and Radiation Oncology
    (NOVEMBER 10, 2022) Nataniel Lester-Coll, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, spoke about the effects of cyberattacks on radiation oncology at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2022 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Medscape reported.
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  • Zigmund Comments on Lung Cancer Screening in Conjunction with UVM & Dartmouth Cancer Centers’ Announcement on NBC5
    (JULY 11, 2022) Beth Zigmund, M.D., associate professor of radiology and director of lung cancer screening for UVMMC, explained the benefits of early detection and treatment as part of the UVM and Dartmouth cancer centers’ newly launched partnership with the state’s cancer coalition, NBC5 reported.
  • Medical Class of 2022 Honors Night Recognizes Faculty, Students & Staff
    On May 13, the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held Honors Night for graduating medical students in the Class of 2022. Accolades presented included the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society faculty, housestaff, and community physician awards; the Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine faculty and student awards; Area Health Education Center Scholars; department awards to students; and awards from the Class of 2022.
  • New Study Highlights Colorectal Cancer Treatments that Improve Patients' Quality of Life
    In recent years, total neoadjuvant treatment—a potent new therapy for advanced colorectal cancer—has emerged as the standard of care. But the treatment can be harsh, impacting quality of life for many patients. A new study published in Clinical Colorectal Cancer by a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Vermont Cancer Center highlights a variety of new colorectal cancer treatments that take into account both a patient’s likely health outcome and quality of life factors.
  • Summer Student Research Program Trains Next Generation of Cancer Scientists
    The UVM Cancer Center Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research provide $3,000 stipends to graduate and medical students for cancer-related research projects, overseen by senior faculty members affiliated with the center.
  • UVM Researchers Help Identify Impact of COVID-caused Delays in Breast Cancer Screening
    New research from U.S. Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) members, including several University of Vermont researchers, found that from March to September 2020, breast biopsies and detected cancers at U.S. BCSC facilities dropped sharply, compared with the same span a year earlier.
  • Lester-Coll Study Finds Lower Costs, Better Outcomes in Prostate Cancer Therapy
    An interdisciplinary team of Vermont researchers and a partner at Yale's Smilow Cancer Center, conducted an economic evaluation to establish an overall cost-effectiveness comparison of two approaches to the treatment of low-volume metastatic prostate cancer. Their findings, published in JAMA Network Open, strongly support the addition of prostate radiation therapy to standard androgen deprivation therapy.
  • Study Warns Mask Mandate Without Education May Raise COVID-19 Spread
    A new study conducted by a team of health economists and public health faculty at the University of Vermont suggests that the behavior public officials are now mandating or recommending to slow the spread of COVID-19--wearing a face covering--should come with a caveat. If not accompanied by proper public education, the practice could lead to more infections.
  • Majumdar Research Shows How SARS-CoV-2 Robs Cell’s Ability to Sound Alarm and Fight
    New research, published by scientists at the University of Vermont and Caltech in the journal Cell, has pinpointed three specific mechanisms that allow SARS-CoV-2 to incapacitate human cells by disabling the cell’s alarm system to call for help or warn nearby cells of infection.
  • van den Broek-Altenburg and Atherly Mentioned in Wall St. Journal & Daily Kos Articles
    (JULY 10 & 14, 2020) A study preprint published on the Social Science Research Network and coauthored by Assistant Professor of Radiology Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, Ph.D., and Professor of Medicine Adam Atherly, Ph.D., was mentioned in a Wall St. Journal and Daily Kos article.
  • van den Broek-Altenburg Mentioned in MarketWatch Article
    (JUNE 16, 2020) A study by Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology, and colleagues was covered in a MarketWatch article, titled "Some Americans are more likely to socially distance and wear faces masks than others -- here's why."
  • Class of 2020, Faculty & Staff Accomplishments Celebrated with Online Honors Celebration
    On May 11, awardees from the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2020, faculty and staff were recognized through an online Honors Celebration featuring remarks from Dean Page and videotaped presentations of each award.
  • van den Broek-Altenburg Comments Featured in Wall St. Journal
    (MAY 2, 2020) Comments from Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology, are featured in a Wall Street Journal article, titled "Coronavirus Kills People an Average of a Decade Before Their Time, Studies Find."
  • Sprague Study Suggests Improved Breast Cancer Screening with 3D Mammography
    Research findings, published in JAMA Network Open and led by University of Vermont Cancer Center researcher Brian Sprague, Ph.D., show that breast cancer screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) improves breast cancer screening performance among most radiologists.
  • SPACE MISSION 2020: Celebrating Match Day in the Era of Social Distancing
    The phrase “keep your distance” has taken on a whole new and deeply important meaning in the era of COVID-19 and even Match Day, the annual senior medical student rite of passage, was not “immune” to honoring this behavior. On March 20, 2020, members of the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont’s Class of 2020 went virtual to ensure social distancing while celebrating the news of where they will be spending the next three to seven years training as residents following graduation.
  • Teaching Academy Retreat Events Focus on New Members, Awards, & Assessment
    ​The Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held its annual Snow Season Education Retreat on January 15-16, 2020 in the College’s Medical Education Center and UVM Davis Center. Highlights included an Induction Ceremony for 2019 new members and advanced members, the presentation of the annual Teaching and Education Awards, and the first annual Snow Season Debate, moderated by Professor and Chair of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D.
  • Kristen DeStigter: Reducing maternal mortality in Uganda
  • DeStigter Global Health Work Featured in Local Papers
    (MAY 30, 2019) Kristen DeStigter, M.D., professor and chair of radiology, and co-founder of Imaging the World was featured in an article written by Phyl Newbeck of Shelburne News.
  • Honors Night Celebrates Senior Medical Student and Faculty Achievements
    The Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2019 Honors Night on May 13 was all about celebrating achievements. Medical students, leaders, faculty members, family and friends gathered for the event in UVM’s Davis Center to honor the recipients of individual student awards, faculty awards, a staff award, and a department award, as well as recognize the new student inductees for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • Teaching Academy Announces 16 New Members
    Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., director of the Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has announced the names of 16 new members of the Teaching Academy.