Community Spotlight

  • Leffler, Levine Join Sanders Roundtable on Health Costs, VTDigger Reports
    May 31, 2024
    (May 31, 2024) Stephen Leffler, M.D., president and COO of the UVM Medical Center, Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, M.D., and other top state health leaders joined U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for a roundtable discussion on why health care is becoming increasingly unaffordable, VTDigger reports.
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  • Food “Pharmacies” Meet Needs of Students and Patients
    May 23, 2024
    A “food pharmacy” at UVM Children's Hospital provides food to pediatric patients and families in Vermont, where two in five people currently experience hunger, and families with children are five times more likely than others to face food insecurity. As demand continues to grow, the Children's Hospital hopes to expand the service across the health network.
  • UVM Medical Center Sees Increase in Need for Food Bank Services, WCAX Reports
    May 8, 2024
    (MAY 8, 2024) The UVM Medical Center has been running a food bank for qualifying patients in the Children’s Specialty Center since 2016, and they say they’ve seen a huge increase in the number of patients and families who end up needing the service, according to WCAX-TV.
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  • Leffler Advocates for New Outpatient Surgery Center in South Burlington
    May 2, 2024
    (MAY 2, 2024) UVMMC President and COO Stephen Leffler, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, penned an opinion piece in VT Digger advocating for construction of a proposed outpatient surgery center in South Burlington as a solution to improve timely access to health care.
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  • Holcombe Discusses Colorectal Cancer in Vermont Public Interview
    April 17, 2024
    (APRIL 17, 2024) Randall Holcombe, M.D., M.B.A., director of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, discussed colorectal cancer in a Vermont Public interview.
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  • WCAX Highlights Holcombe's Welcome of H.S. Students to Careers in Cancer Event
    April 12, 2024
    (APRIL 12, 2024) UVM Cancer Center director Randall Holcombe, M.D., M.B.A., welcomed more than 75 students from five Burlington-area high schools to the second Careers in Cancer event at the UVM Cancer Center on April 12, WCAX-TV reported.
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  • StorySlam Rx: Humbling Moments in Medicine Shared Out Loud
    January 23, 2024
    Medical students, faculty, physicians, and hospital staff stepped up to the microphone on January 18 to tell true stories about their most humbling moments at the sixth annual StorySlamRx: Voices in Medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Society members organized and hosted the event, held in the Hoehl Gallery. Inspired by The Moth live storytelling, story slam provides a safe space to share personal experiences and connect with others over shared emotions. For people in the medical community, telling and listening to each other’s stories facilitates wellness and quells burnout.
  • Healing Smiles
    December 1, 2023
    Elizabeth Blasberg, M.D., a 2014 graduate of the Larner College of Medicine, and her colleague, former UVMMC general surgery resident Ryan Kunkel, M.D., both facial plastic surgeons, are gearing up for a medical mission to the Ruth Paz Foundation Hospital for Burned Children and Pediatric Surgery in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in Fall 2024. The mission, sponsored by the Angeles Para Honduras (APH) foundation, aims to address cleft palates and other childhood disfiguring conditions.
  • Food As Medicine: Students’ Pilot Course Gets Peers Cooking
    December 11, 2023
    This semester, 28 first-year Larner College of Medicine students are learning about culinary medicine, which pairs nutritional science with preventative health care. Medical class of 2026 students Sarah Krumholz and Molly Hurd developed an extracurricular course that teaches classmates about lifestyle interventions for chronic disease.
  • Covering Pain: Integrative Treatment Accessible to More Vermonters
    November 8, 2023
    A new collaboration between Vermont Medicaid and UVM Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program allows Medicaid members with chronic pain to participate in complementary therapies including health coaching, massage, yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, and meditation. This pilot is an important step toward eliminating disparities in access to effective, integrative care for pain.