June 14, 2016

VUMC in the news

A roundup of a few recent positive stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Associated Press picked up this News and Communications press release on safety tips for attending the CMA Music Festival, which was then carried in news outlets across the country. Throughout the four-day event, media outlets covered the work of LifeFlight’s Event Medicine team, which treated about 1,000 people at the festival, mostly for heat-related illness and dehydration. Locally, WKRN News 2, WSMV Channel 4 News, WTVF News Channel 5 and the Tennessean all ran reports. Additionally, the Weather Channel interviewed Jared McKinney, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and medical director for the Event Medicine division of LifeFlight, and also interviewed Jerry Jones, MPA, EMT, LifeFlight public affairs managerlive on Sunday morning for a story about heat-related patients treated by the Vanderbilt physicians at the CMA Festival. Other reports quoted Ashley Brown, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, and Leigh Sims, EMP-P, manager of LifeFlight’s Event Medicine division.

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be a go-to source for national reporters seeking understand the impact of the Zika virus. The latest news: people living in areas where the Zika virus is circulating should consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having babies with birth defects, the World Health Organization has concluded. The advice affects millions of couples in 46 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean where Zika transmission is occurring or expected. Schaffner was quoted in The New York TimesABC News, Yahoo! News and Utah's Deseret News.

The New York Times also quoted Elizabeth Heitman, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and associate professor of Anesthesiology, in a story headlined "Panel Endorses ‘Gene Drive’ Technology That Can Alter Entire Species." Heitman was also quoted in numerous other articles, including those moved by the Associated Press, and published in Scientific American, Tech Times and The Scientist.