May 27, 2022

VUMC in the news, May 31, 2022

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

CBS News’ “60 Minutes” producer Sam Hornblower interviewed Debra Friedman, MD, director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology for a story on the national vincristine shortage from a couple of years ago.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, was quoted by Scientific American in a story about COVID vaccinations for children.

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about monkeypox, COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: NBC News, CBS News , Boston Herald,  Washington Times, Reuters, Prevention, Medical News Today, Medpage Today, Everyday Health, and AARP.

David Edwards, MD, associate professor of Anesthesiology, was quoted in a Healthline story about how the use of anti-inflammatory drugs may lead to chronic pain. reporter Mariana Lenharo interviewed Laveil Allen, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Radiology, for a story about the acute iodinated contrast shortage.

Jessika Boles, CCLS, PhD, certified child life specialist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, spoke to several local television news reporters, including from WZTV Fox 17, WSMV Channel 4 and WTVF News Channel 5, about the recent shooting at a Texas elementary school. She provided tips on how parents can help their children, wrap their own minds around the senselessness of this and how to move forward.

Reporter Sharon Danquah from WSMV Channel 4 spoke with Joseph Gigante, MD, professor of Pediatrics, about the continuing baby formula shortage. The goal of the communication from Vanderbilt is to reassure and not raise anxiety.