May 2, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about malaria in the U.S.

ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney interviewed Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, for a story about a new study on the obesity gene.

The Atlantic published a piece on medical care for transgender patients that quotes Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., associate professor of Anesthesiology and director of the Program in LGBTI Health at the School of Medicine.

Fox Business broadcast a story about the efficacy of the Ebola vaccine that quotes Kathryn Edwards, M.D., Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of Pediatrics, who is one of the members of the panel.

A Consumer Reports story about shingles, the Zostavax shingles vaccine, and when people should consider getting the vaccine quotes William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine.

MedPage Today and Reuters were among the news organizations covering research into anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy for patients with diabetic retinopathy. Shriji Patel, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., G. W. Hale Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, are quoted. The story is based on a JAMA Ophthalmology article, and Sternberg wrote the accompanying editorial for the study. 

Ivanhoe Broadcast News came to the VUMC campus this week and completed a total of seven medical stories that will air on local television affiliates across the U.S. in the coming weeks and months. The stories and interviews included:

1. Rizwan Hamid, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, and a patient family were interviewed for a story about Vanderbilt’s participation in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network and what is being done to help these hard-to-diagnose patients throughout the U.S. and internationally.

2. Colin Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, was interviewed for a story about his Clinical Psychological Science study that looks at machine-learning algorithms to predict suicide risk.

3. Kristen Scarpato, M.D., assistant professor of Urologic Surgery, and young bladder cancer survivor Mary Beth Ballard, who was diagnosed at age 28, were interviewed for a story about new technologies to help detect bladder cancer. Dr. Scarpato used a state-of-the-art technology called blue light cystoscopy, and the Vanderbilt team was able to able to identify that 60 percent of her bladder was still filled with cancerous tumors.

4. Elizabeth Phillips, M.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and patient Tasha Toliver were interviewed for a story about how genetic screening can avoid potentially lethal drug allergies. Tasha, who lives in Richmond, Virginia, lost her 16-year-old daughter to a severe drug related hypersensitivity. She is now participating in our research studies and was genetically typed during her visit this week.

5. Amy Weitlauf, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D., professor of Mechanical Engineering; and a research participant were interviewed for a story about using virtual reality to help teens with autism learn to drive.

6. Kim Lomis, M.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, was interviewed for a Smart Women segment about her contributions to transforming surgical and medical education. Lomis' work has implications for attracting and training women into medical field. Graduating senior Monica Bhutiani was interviewed about Lomis as a mentor and her aspirations for a career in medicine.

7. Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, professor of Law and Health Policy, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, was interviewed for a story about the risks of a breach of privacy with genomic data. Also featured in a Smart Women segment, Clayton is helping to shape national health policy regarding genetic privacy. BioVU’s Cara Sutcliffe spoke about protections in place at Vanderbilt to ensure patient privacy.