July 22, 2022

VUMC in the news, July 26, 2022

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

STAT News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, El Global, Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare Finance News, Biocentury, Inside Health Policy, Nashville Post, GPB News, Fierce Biotech, and Pink Sheet covered the news from principal investigator Peter Embí, MD, MS, chair of Biomedical Informatics, professor of Medicine and Senior Vice-President for Research and Innovation, that VUMC is partnering with Yale and the Morehouse School of Medicine in an initiative aimed at increasing diversity in clinical trials and addressing systemic barriers to participation by communities of color.

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 (about President Biden’s COVID diagnosis), Voice of America, USA Today, CNN, Washington Times, Newsday, Health and Salon.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, scientific director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, was quoted in a Kaiser Health Network story about the best boosting strategy for the next wave of COVID.

NBC News national reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Beth Malow, MD, director of the Sleep Disorders Division, for a story about a study showing that 7 out of 10 Americans are not getting restorative sleep.

Brad Malin, PhD, professor of Biomedical Informatics, was quoted by The Washington Post in a story about computer hackers posing a risk to patients.

David J. “D.J.” Kennedy, MD, professor of chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was quoted in a New York Times piece on how to ease neck and back pain from travel.

John “Jay” Wellons III, M.D., MSPH, was profiled in The New Yorker in conjunction with a review of his book “All That Moves Us.”

WKRN Channel 2 interviewed Marla Levine, MD, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, about the dangers of young children ingesting the drug THC.

Reporter Carley Gordon from WSMV Channel 4 interviewed Meg Benningfield, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, to help advance the Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action podcast series featuring a live Twitter Spaces chat about mental health that features several teens from the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. Benningfield is one of three experts discussing the ways mental health impacts individuals, families and communities with the teen participants.