September 13, 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:

The news that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia led to calls from reporters wanting to understand the implications of the diagnosis, and William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, responded with interviews for The New York Times, the BBC and NBC, and an Associated Press interview was used by numerous national news outlets including CBS, Fox News and others.

WZTV Fox 17 anchor/reporter Stacy Case last week took an in-depth look at a change under consideration in Williamson County that would alter school start times throughout the district. The proposed change is in accordance with research that shows teenagers need more sleep and that earlier school days increase stress and anxiety among teens. Sarah Jaser, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics, and Beth Malow, M.D., professor of Neurology and chief of the Division of Sleep Disorders, are both involved in this effort in Williamson County and spoke with Fox 17. Links:

A Tennessean story on the same subject, which also quotes Malow, is here.

NPR Science Friday, which airs locally on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, aired interviews with Rene Gifford, Ph.D., associate professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, director of the Cochlear Implant Program and associate director of Implantable Hearing Technologies, and Allyson Sisler-Dinwiddie, pediatric audiologist II. Sisler-Dinwiddie became a test subject after an accident plunged her into complete silence. The accompanying video is here.

WPLN Nashville Public Radio News Director Blake Farmer interviewed Seth Karp, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, and H. William Scott Jr. Professor of Surgery, about the United Network of Organ Sharing’s proposal that would change the way donated livers are allocated, and how it would impact VUMC and the region.  Traci Corrigan, who is currently on the liver transplant waiting list, was also interviewed for this story, which was broadcast Monday, Sept. 12. Corrigan is a business owner from the Clarksville area, and is very aware of UNOS’ proposal. 

A man died minutes after dancing with his daughter at her wedding. He had been experiencing heart attack symptoms but didn’t want to interrupt the big day. Self magazine did a cautionary story about the importance of not ignoring heart attack symptoms, and quotes Henry Jennings III M.D., assistant professor of Medicine.