April 11, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

James Crowe Jr., M.D., Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, was featured in an NBC News story about research indicating that an antibody treatment can cure monkeys of the Marburg virus.

CBS Radio interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, about a recent study that links an increase in birth defects to women infected with the Zika virus. Schaffner also spoke to ABC News about a new CDC report that men have higher rates of HPV infection than women, and about a new study of deaths in children from influenza that found most deaths occurred in unvaccinated children. 

Slate published a story headlined,The twentysomething cliff is much worse when you’re autistic,” which notes that the many children diagnosed with autism in the 1990s are now reaching adulthood, and that group has three times the rate of social isolation and far higher rates of unemployment compared with people who have other disabilities. The piece quotes Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics.

Healthcare Risk Management Review published a story about a new agreement between Humana and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN). The piece quotes C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC, and Mark Cianciolo, executive director of VHAN.

Becker’s Hospital Review is the latest national news outlet to announce that Allen Sills, M.D., co-director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, director of the Neurosurgery Community Practice and a neuro-oncologist with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, was named the Chief Medical Officer of the National Football League.

Medpage Today published a story about a study indicating that HIV-positive individuals had an increased risk of several types of heart failure compared to individuals without the disease. Matthew Freiberg, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, is mentioned as a leader of the study.