February 11, 2022

VUMC in the news, Feb. 15, 2022

A roundup of a few recent stories from the national 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: The Wall Street Journal,  CBS News, Bloomberg, Voice of AmericaFortune,  Vox, Al Jazeera, Healthline, and Popular Science.

Keipp Talbot, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, spoke to NBC News for a story about the CDC considering altering the timing of the second COVID vaccine, and was also quoted in a CNN report about the authorization process for a pediatric COVID vaccine.

Newsy anchor Alex Miller interviewed Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO of VUMC and Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, for a story about states being out in front of the federal government on masks in schools.

The Wall Street Journal reporter Renee Onque interviewed Jennifer Andrews, MD, medical director, Blood Bank, for a story about the nationwide blood shortage.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy, was quoted by the public radio broadcast “Marketplace” about billionaire investor Mark Cuban’s efforts to bring down the price of prescription drugs.

Christian Rosas-Salazar, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics, was quoted in a Scientific American story about how children with the omicron variant of COVID also have a higher incidence of croup.