March 25, 2022

VUMC in the news, March 29, 2022

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

The Tennessean reporter Cassandra Stephenson, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Post, Axios reporter Nate Rau, WSMV, WKRN, Fox 17, and NewsChannel 5 covered the news that VUMC has signed a letter of intent to negotiate a long-term lease agreement with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for approximately 600,000 square feet of vacant space in the Global Mall at the Crossings. Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO of VUMC and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, spoke at the press conference.

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: Everyday Health, Newsweek, Washington Post,  Healthline, CNBC, Los Angeles Times, HealthDay News, and Prevention.

Washington Post science reporter Carolyn Johnson interviewed Buddy Creech, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, for a story about Moderna seeking emergency authorization of its COVID vaccine for children under 6. Creech also spoke to Smithsonian for a piece about COVID vaccines for children.

Beth Malow, MD, director of the Sleep Disorders Division, was quoted by Rolling Stone and The Guardian for stories about the U.S. Senate voting to make daylight saving time permanent. The measure would still need to be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Biden to become law.

Stephan Russ, MD, MPH, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, was quoted by Politico in a story about the disproportionate impact COVID has had on rural areas.

Wes Ely, MD, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Time story about the risk and symptoms of long COVID.