February 21, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

Associated Press national reporter Lindsey Tanner, MedPage Today, HealthDay, Chattanooga Times-Free Press reporter Steve Johnson, Reuters Health reporter Marilynn Larkin and others covered the JAMA Surgery study form William Cooper, M.D., director, Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, that found patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes.

WKRN News 2 broadcast a profile of Andre Churchwell, M.D., Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Professor and professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Radiology and Radiological Sciences.

The Tennessean is the latest news outlet to report on the surgery at VUMC in which Millie Chapman, the daughter of entertainers Amy Grant and Gary Chapman, donated a kidney to her best friend, Kathryn Dudley.

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, was interviewed by major news organizations for about several stories this week. Among them:

  • Time magazine contributor Bryan Walsh interviewed Schaffner for a story about pandemics: how they emerge, how we might prevent them and how to better respond to them if and when they happen. 
  • BBC News global health correspondent Tulip Mazumdar interviewed him for a story about vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. 
  • He spoke about norovirus with WebMD reporter Kathleen Doheny.  
  • Self reporter Korin Miller interviewed him for a story about Robert F. Kennedy and Robert DeNiro holding a press conference  to challenge vaccine safety, even offering $100,000 to anyone who can "prove" that vaccines are safe.
  • He spoke to ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney and CNN reporter Susan Scutti for stories about influenza season and the effectiveness of the vaccine against strains A and B.

WKRN News 2 and the Daily News Journal covered a distracted driving event at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. This injury prevention series is organized and presented by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt's Trauma-Injury Prevention Team and Vanderbilt LifeFlight through a grant from Allstate.

Chattanooga Times Free Press published a piece on a survey ranking Chattanooga one of the least healthy cities in the U.S. The survey was conducted by the website WalletHub that ranked each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on health care, food, fitness and green space. Chattanooga ranked 132nd, behind Nashville and Knoxville in Tennessee, although well ahead of Memphis, which ranked third from the bottom — a dishonor awarded to Detroit. Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., professor and chair of Health Policy, is quoted.