January 30, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

NBC Nightly News interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about the norovirus outbreak hitting schools across the United States. Schaffner also was interviewed by CNN anchor Elizabeth Cohen for a story about mumps outbreaks and the mumps vaccine, and by ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney for a story about bird flu. 

ABCNews.com was live from the Osher Center for Integrative Health on Thursday with David Vago, Ph.D., research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as part of the Dan Harris/10% Happier Road Trip shoot. The crew filmed Vago and a research participant meditating in an MRI at the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science earlier in the day. The afternoon speaking session was focused on the science behind the health benefits of meditation.

Fox News is the latest news organization to cover the story of Kayla Gaytan, the patient who gave birth to quadruplets on Dec. 30. Diagnosed in January 2016 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Gaytan finished with chemotherapy, found out she was pregnant, and then found out a month before delivering that the cancer was back. Her husband, Charles, is a sergeant at Fort Campbell. The story had previously been reported by WKRN News 2 and the NBC “Today” show.

WKRN News 2 reporter, Julie Edwards interviewed Sheryl Fleisch, M.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, about her Street Psychiatry program. The reporter accompanied Fleisch to a Nashville Homeless campsite for this story. 

WTVF News Channel 5 broadcast a story about the growth of LifeFlight and the recent restricting of the program’s management to deal with that growth.

WKRN News 2 covered the kidney transplant surgery of Millie Chapman, Amy Grant’s daughter, and Kathryn Dudley. The two have been best friends for more than 20 years. Kathryn was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis at age 13. In 2014 she was put on the transplant list. Millie was tested and was a perfect match, and donated a kidney to her friend.