July 26, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

A patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and his doctor have formed a special bond through music. Ray Cruz, 17, was diagnosed with Ewing-Like Sarcoma, a rare condition that effects about 10 people nationwide a year. When his radiation oncologist, Mark Stavas, M.D., assistant professor of Radiation Oncology, discovered Ray’s love for music, the two started playing guitar and singing together during appointments. They performed together at a benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium this week. The story was covered by WSMV News 4 reporter Forrest Sanders.

A U.S. News & World Report story on the earning power of nurse specialists quotes Michelle Grundy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medical Education and Administration.

A piece in The Atlantic,  What the ‘crack baby’ panic reveals about the opioid epidemic, mentions Vanderbilt research that looks at the growing number of opioid-dependent babies born in the U.S.

Forbes magazine posted a story on retail properties shifting more of their space to new options, and mentions Vanderbilt Health’s offices at One Hundred Oaks mall as an innovative use of former retail space.

A Reuters story about a potential blockbuster drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease quotes Michael Vaezi, M.D., professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology.

CNN health writer Susan Scutti interviewed Corey Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, for a story about hyperthermia’s effects on the body. Over the weekend, 39 people (human trafficking victims) were found suffering heat stroke in a truck near San Antonio, about 150 miles from the U.S. Mexico border. Nine died, others are being cared for. Experts say that even those who survived this ordeal may have some brain damage following this experience.

WKRN News 2 interviewed Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of emergency medicine, about the dangers of heat-related illness. The interview was re-aired by WBKO-TV (ABC) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.