August 23, 2016

VUMC in the news

VUMC in the news

VUMC in the news

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

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be a major source for national reporters seeking to understand the Zika virus. This week he was quoted by, among other news outlets, The New York Times, Washington Post (also picked up by the Toledo Blade), and ABC News.

The Tennessean picked up the story of Vanderbilt’s new addiction research center.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, were quoted in The Tennessean’s coverage of the roundtable on precision medicine held at VUMC Thursday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Steve Johnson wrote a feature on 10-year-old Vanderbilt patient Abigail Bean, who is an accomplished gymnast despite having ocular albinism and infantile nystagmus. Although surgeries at Vanderbilt have helped her condition, the Chattanooga fifth grader is considered legally blind, yet performs gymnastics competitively and regularly places in beam, floor, vault and uneven bar competitions. In addition to interviewing Abigail and her mother, Amanda, eye surgeon Sean Donahue, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology Service, was interviewed.