August 8, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

Associated Press videographer Kristin Hall interviewed Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and a patient for a story about protected viewing of the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Forbes reporter Rita Rubin interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about a BMJ study saying it’s “time to drop complete the course” message for antibiotics. Additionally, CNBC interviewed Schaffner about the use of CRISPR technology to edit human DNA.

NBC was at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in late spring to film the backstory for local “American Ninja Warrior” contestant Josh Butler. Butler and his wife, Katie, had a son who was born with an extremely rare genetic abnormality and lived 132 days at the hospital. After losing their son, the Butlers went on to adopt a baby who had spent most of his life in the Children's Hospital PICU after being abandoned by his family. The teaser of this week’s episode, including their ties to Children's Hospital, can be seen here. People magazine also featured the Butlers and the story also mentions Children's Hospital.  

Stat, MedPage Today, HealthLeaders and Modern Healthcare were among the outlets that interviewed Brian Drolet, M.D., assistant professor of Plastic Surgery, for stories about his JAMA study released Tuesday that examined fees and finances of medical specialty boards and determined most of these boards had overall revenue that greatly exceeded expenditures in 2013.

The Wall Street Journal ran a story about Musician’s On Call and featured its partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the photo. 

A Reuters piece on an American-European consortium of universities studying the genetic basis of gender identity (VUMC is one of the American centers) quotes Lea Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine.

Salon posted a piece about the potential use of marijuana as substance for pain-management for NFL players. The story quotes Allen Sills, M.D., professor of Neurological Surgery and the NFL’s chief medical officer.

CNN health writer Susan Scutti interviewed Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of Emergency Medicine, for a story about the record number of hot car deaths.