February 28, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

CBS Newspath producer Dana Carullo interviewed Stephen Patrick, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, for a story about an American Academy of Pediatrics report embargoed for Monday that warns of the risks to youths from loosening marijuana laws. The on-camera interview is available to local CBS affiliates and CBS News programs nationwide. Patrick was also interviewed by Reuters and Canada’s CTV News earlier for a story about his American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement urging a public health approach for women who use opioids during pregnancy.  

ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney interviewed Donna Seger, M.D., professor of Clinical Medicine and director of the Tennessee Poison Center, for a story about a survey that found parents are not storing their opioid painkillers safely. 

WTVF News Channel 5 sports interviewed Sean Donahue, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, about patient Lauren Fields, a senior at Hillsboro High School, who, due to optic atrophy, has moderate to severe visual impairment, but plays basketball in high school and garnered a basketball scholarship at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. 

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.

Stat reported on a Missouri boy, four-year-old Nathaniel Rankin, who was born with birth defects. The couple that adopted Nathaniel understood that it meant taking on his medical issues, and he relies on Medicaid to get therapy and treatment. His parents worry he’ll become “collateral damage” if the Trump administration changes Medicaid rules. Sayeh Nikpay, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of Health Policy, who recently wrote about Medicaid caps in the New England Journal of Medicine, is quoted in the piece.

Reporters from WZTV Fox 17 News and WKRN News 2 interviewed R. Stokes Peebles, M.D., Elizabeth and John Murray Professor of Medicine, about the effects the mild weather, blooming trees and flowers are having on allergy season.

 Healthline reporter Kristen Fischer interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about why has this flu season has been so powerful even though this year's vaccine was supposed to be effective against the most prevalent strain.