March 4, 2022

VUMC in the news, March 8, 2022

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. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: The Washington Post, NBC News, Kaiser Health News, Prevention,  Verywell Health, Education Week, The Boston Globe, and Healthline.

USA Today, CNN and Reuters were among the news outlets that interviewed Whitney Gannon, MSN, director of Quality and Education for the Vanderbilt Extracorporeal Life Support Program (ECLS), and Jonathan Casey, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, for  stories about their American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine study that found nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 patients who qualified for, but did not receive, ECMO due to a shortage of resources during the height of the pandemic died in the hospital, despite being young with few other health issues.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, was quoted in The New York Times and STAT News about the effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on children ages 5-11.

Buddy Creech, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a piece about booster shots for COVID being given far less often now that the omicron variant is fading.

STAT News reporter Usha McFarling interviewed Consuelo Wilkins, MD, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence, for a story about Vanderbilt’s commitment to becoming an antiracist academic medical center.

Sophie Katz, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics, was quoted by The Washington Post in a story about MIS-C.

Natasha Halasa, MD, professor of Pediatrics, was quoted by NBC’s “Today” about how mothers who have COVID can safely breastfeed their babies.

Teen Vogue reporter Fortesa Latifi interviewed James Jackson, PsyD, director of long-term outcomes, ICU Recovery Center, for a story about young people with long COVID.