May 9, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

WebMD published a piece headlined “Teen suicide thoughts double in a decade” that details a study finding that the number of patients admitted to children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or self-harm more than doubled during the last decade. The new U.S. study coincides with a controversial new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” that has renewed public focus on teen suicide. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, M.D., associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, is quoted. Plemmons is quoted in a CNN story about the study. Also, Tennessean reporter Jessica Bliss spoke with Meg Benningfield, M.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, about the Netflix series.

Reuters reporter Marilynn Larkin interviewed Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., G. W. Hale Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, for a story based on a JAMA Ophthalmology article on diabetic retinopathy. Sternberg wrote the accompanying editorial for the study. 

A Vox piece, “This is how Obamacare explodes,” quotes John Graves, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy. The story looks at how many rural areas, including much of East Tennessee, voted for Donald Trump, yet may be harmed by policies pursued by his administration.

Donald Arnold, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Pediatrics, is quoted in a Tennessean story about protection from the diseases carried by ticks.

David Penson, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of Urologic Surgery, is quoted in a Stat article about the latest medical knowledge in the management of prostate cancer.

WKRN News 2 reporter Joseph Pleasant interviewed Bradley Dennis, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, about the increase in the number of gunshot patients seen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dennis spoke about the approximately 435 gunshot patients treated since July 2016, the types of injuries sustained and the importance of crime prevention