October 17, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

Dolly Parton visited with patients and families Friday at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She performed songs from her newly released children’s album and made a surprise announcement of a $1 million pledge to the hospital. Those covering the event included: Mehmet Oz and a crew from the "Dr. Oz" show on NBC; "Extra" reporter Alecia Davis; Pandora Radio; Tennessean reporter Cindy Watts, photojournalist Larry McCormack and video strategist Michael Schwab; Associated Press videographer Kristin Hall; WKRN News 2; WSMV News 4 reporter Hayley Mason; WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Jesse Knutson; and WZTV Fox 17 News. Getty photographer Jason Davis and representatives for Parton also covered the event. Parton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Monday and discussed the gift to the hospital.

WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Kimberly Davis featured twin sisters Randy Bieniek and Pam Simmons, who both received double mastectomies a year apart from each other. Randy was interviewed about the experience, while her sister underwent her surgery on Wednesday.

The New York Times reporter Reed Abelson interviewed John Graves, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy, for a story about the executive order on health insurance.

A Los Angeles Times piece on methods of diagnosing prostate cancer quotes David Penson, M.D., MPH, Paul V. Hamilton, M.D., and Virginia E. Howd Professor and chair of Urologic Surgery.

Newsweek published a story on research from Perspectives on Psychological Science cautioning that the benefits of mindfulness practice may be exaggerated, or, at the least, not rigorously studied. David Vago, Ph.D., associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was quoted.

A Newsweek piece on selecting the best flu shot quotes William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine. Schaffner was also quoted in a New York Times story on prevention of MRSA infections among athletes.