December 10, 2021

VUMC in the news, Dec. 14, 2021

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

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. The emergence of the omicron variant has especially given him opportunities to speak to reporters and provide information and context. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: NBC News, CNN, Associated Press, Reuters, Healthline, and The Los Angeles Times.

The New York Times science reporter Carl Zimmer interviewed Mark Denison, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, for a story about whether the new COVID pills will work against omicron.

The New York Times Magazine interviewed James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, for a story about the research and obstacles into universal vaccines.

James Powers, MD, professor of Medicine, was quoted in an NBC News story about the risks to nursing home residents from unvaccinated staff.

Rebecca Donald, MD, assistant professor of Anesthesiology, was quoted in a Healthline piece about powerful new opioids that are much stronger than Fentanyl.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy, was quoted by “MarketWatch in a story about Medicare drug benefits and how they are confusing to many people.

Health magazine interviewed Adam Esbenshade, MD, MSCI, John N. Lukens Jr. associate professor of Pediatrics, about a child who developed hydrocephalus after treatment for a brain tumor.