October 11, 2016

VUMC in the news

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

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s President and CEO and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, was interviewed live on “Bloomberg Markets” by hosts Scarlet Fu and Matt Miller. Balser discussed the role academic medical centers are playing to shape the future of health care delivery across the United States.    

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, moderated the influenza vaccine press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and interviewed with outlets including the Associated Press, Fox News, HealthDay, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post.

WKRN News 2 reporter Stephanie Langston interviewed burn surgeon Callie Thompson, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, about the rise in burns from electronic cigarettes. MedPage Today reporter Salynn Boyles interviewed Blair Summitt, M.D., medical director of the Burn Unit and assistant professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, following the release of a New England Journal of Medicine study that shows an increase in e-cigarette burns. 

Psychiatric News did a story on research that shows acting may help people with mental illness. The story featured SENSE Theatre, a theatrical intervention and research program for children with autism, and also included an interview with program director Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator.  

Joseph Fredi, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, was interviewed by Michael Schroeder of U.S. News & World Report about safety concerns for a class of anticoagulant medications approved in 2010 that are now under scrutiny. 

IRB Advisor senior writer Gary Evans interviewed Gordon Bernard, M.D., Executive Vice President for Research and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, for a story about making clinical trials more efficient. 

WKRN News 2 reporter Jessica Jaglois interviewed Manny Sethi, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, about Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, a foundation for which he is a board member. The group will provide relief efforts to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. 

HealthDay reporter Stephanie Brown is covering the Nature Medicine study from Eric Skaar, Ph.D., MPH, professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, that found too much dietary zinc increases susceptibility to infection by Clostridium difficile – “C. diff” – the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections. The findings call into question the consumption of dietary supplements and cold therapies containing high concentrations of zinc.

MedPage Today reporter Neel Duggal is writing a story about a study in Lancet Psychiatry about suicide risk among veterans. Kenneth MacLeish, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine, Health and Society, participated as an outside expert reviewing the study.

WKRN News 2 reporter Paige Hill is doing a story on pediatric cancer patient Hailey Taylor, whose family, in her memory, has donated a blanket warmer to the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Channel 2 visited the clinic to get footage of the warmer and talked with clinic manager Candy Stefansic, MSN, R.N., about what the donation means to the clinic.  

ABC News producer Gillian Mohney and KCBS Radio in San Francisco interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, about acute flaccid myelitis – a mysterious polio-like disease affecting American children.  She also discussed the upcoming flu season with Schaffner. 

ABC News interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, about the connection between Zika and Guillain-Barré syndrome. During the outbreak in French Polynesia, 42 patients with Zika were found to have Guillain-Barré syndrome.  

NPR Morning Edition Health & Consumer News Correspondent Patti Neighmond interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about this upcoming flu season.