August 22, 2017

VUMC in the news: eclipse news and more

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

VUMC was a leading source of information locally and nationally about eye safety during this week's total eclipse of the sun. The New York Times quoted David Calkins, Ph.D., Denis M. O'Day, MBBS, Chair in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, in a story about taking care of the eyes while viewing an eclipse. In addition, New York Times reporter Hollie Deese interviewed Cory Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, for a story about what types of injuries VUMC expects to see in the ED the day of the eclipse. WPLN Nashville Public Radio reporter Blake Farmer interviewed Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, for a story about a “triage clinic” at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute prepared to see patients with concerns about vision loss associated with the eclipse. WTVF News Channel 5 also reported on the eclipse day clinic. Reuters reporter Julie Steenhuysen interviewed Shriji Patel, M.D., assistant professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, for a story about whether it is common to suffer an eye injury from an eclipse. And WSMV News 4 and WKRN News 2 reported that babies born during eclipse weekend at Vanderbilt received "eclipse baby" T-shirts.

Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was interviewed by several news organizations, including the Chicago Trobune via HealthDay News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN and Reuters, for a story about two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looking at the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain and PTSD.

The Washington Post published a piece about how as the nation’s opioid crisis has deepened, the number of drug treatment centers for pregnant women has grown — but not quickly enough to meet the demand. Stephen Patrick, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, is quoted.

NBC News reporter Susan Donaldson James interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about the meningitis B vaccine. The podcast Vax Talk also interviewed Schaffner for the episode ‘Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids!'

A crew from ABC’s “Good Morning America” visited J.T. Moore Middle School on Monday to interview Alex Diamond, D.O., assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, for a story about backpack safety.