March 28, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

The Tennessean published a front page story about Jeff Balser, M. D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of the School of Medicine, and his concerns about the impact to Vanderbilt and America’s research infrastructure if the large cuts to the NIH proposed by President Donald Trump are implemented. Balser’s interview was also the subject of a story in the Nashville Business Journal.

NBC News reporter Anthony Serritella interviewed Daniel Barocas, M.D., associate professor of Urologic Surgery, for stories about his Journal of the American Medical Association study that found low-risk patients who are faced with the negative quality-of-life effects from surgery and radiation treatments for prostate cancer may instead want to consider active surveillance with their physician. The story was also picked up by Reuters, the Associated Press and HealthDay.

Donna Seger, M.D., executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center, was interviewed by WKRN, News 2 reporter Joseph Pleasant for a story on synthetic opioids. Seger specifically spoke about the street drug “pinky,”  which has led to one death and one overdose in Western Kentucky.  

Patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt celebrated the first birthday of its Seacrest Studios today. Special guests included Connie and Gary Seacrest, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess, Nashville Predators’ mascot Gnash, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and special visitors from the Nashville Zoo. WKRN News 2, WSMV Channel 4 News, WTVF News Channel 5 and WZTV Fox 17 all covered the event.

PBS Newshour broadcast a report on research from Vanderbilt and Nationwide Children’s Hospital showing a baby’s earliest encounters with touch dictate how a child will later perceive caresses and other tactile stimulation. In particular, early medical procedures can dampen a premature child’s ability to perceive gentle touch in the long run.