News from the College

  • Rokkas Invested as Inaugural Frank P. Ittleman Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery
    February 2, 2021
    International adult aortic surgery expert Chris Rokkas, M.D., Ph.D., was invested as the inaugural Frank P. Ittleman Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine during a remote investiture ceremony held on February 2, 2021 in front of guests from across the United States and around the world.
  • Virtual Online Foundations Celebration Honors Medical Class of 2023, Faculty, Staff
    January 29, 2021
    Members of the Larner College of Medicine’s medical Class of 2023, leaders, medical educators, and staff gathered virtually January 28 to celebrate the students’ achievements and recognize the faculty and staff who have supported them during an online Foundations Celebration event.
  • A Champion for Women’s Health, Diversity & Science
    January 27, 2021
    ​For Professor Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H., juggling the roles of scientist, clinician, mentor, and advocate has been the norm for decades. So, it’s no surprise that in a year turned upside-down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the delayed reckoning with racial injustice in America, and political turmoil, she has forged ahead with her science, delivered care on the front lines, and used this pivotal moment in history to raise issues of critical importance not only to science, but society.
  • Lester-Coll Study Finds Lower Costs, Better Outcomes in Prostate Cancer Therapy
    January 21, 2021
    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.
  • Higgins and Colleagues Report Incentives Could Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Adherence
    January 19, 2021
    While public health and infectious disease experts have discussed strategies to enhance adherence, including the potential use of financial incentives, an examination of the scientific evidence on incentivizing vaccine adherence has not been discussed. A new Commentary in Preventive Medicine by Vermont Center on Behavior and Health Director Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., and colleagues addresses that gap.
  • Study Warns Mask Mandate Without Education May Raise COVID-19 Spread
    January 19, 2021
    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.
  • Teaching Academy Honors Inductees, Awardees & Focuses on DEI at Annual Retreat
    January 15, 2021
    Medical education leaders and scholars gathered virtually on January 13 and 14, 2021 for the Larner College of Medicine Teaching Academy’s 2021 Induction and Award Ceremony and Snow Season Education Retreat. Co-presented with the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group, the ceremony recognized medical educators and kicked off the annual education program, which this year featured several sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • UVM Medical Center & Vaccine Testing Center Complete COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Enrollment
    January 8, 2021
    The UVM Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center have successfully reached and surpassed the targeted number of enrollees for an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Cancer Rehab Program Transforms to Meet Needs of Survivors During COVID-19
    January 7, 2021
    Despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic, the resilience of UVM Cancer Center patients and continued commitment of providers have led to a silver lining: a way to ensure patients in locations throughout Vermont and upstate New York are receiving the physical and mental health support they need right from the comfort of their own homes.
  • Supporting Science and Medicine with the Gift of Education
    December 28, 2020
    Medical and graduate school is already an incredible challenge and the wellness of students relies heavily on the financial support of generous donors from within and outside of the community who give to the Larner College of Medicine Fund. This fund not only supports the creation and continuation of scholarships, but also helps to support research grants, ever-evolving technology needs, and student wellness initiatives.