July 28, 2022

VUMC in the news, Aug. 2, 2022

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

Tennessean, Nashville Post, WKRN Channel 2, WTVF News Channel 5, and Axios covered VUMC’s plans for construction of the largest expansion to date for Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH). Through this project a new inpatient tower will be built atop an existing parking structure located between 21st Avenue South and Medical Center Drive. Access to the new tower’s entrance will be through Vivien Thomas Way.

NBC News reporter Aria Bendix interviewed Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, assistant vice president for Translational Science, for a story about why some people have never had Covid-19 nearly 2.5 years into the pandemic.

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed David Calkins, PhD, O’Day professor and vice chair and director for Research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, for a story about how our visual system is designed to skip over many details, a phenomenon called “normal blindness.”

Axios interviewed Beth Malow, MD, director, Sleep Disorders Division, for a story about how rising temps are affecting our sleep time and the cascading effects of less sleep could put us at greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

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: CBS News Streaming, Prevention, WebMD, Epoch Times, and Washington Times.

Becker’s Healthcare reporter Cailey Gleason interviewed Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence, for a story about the most important health equity initiatives in local communities.

Reporter Nikki McGee from WKRN Channel 2 interviewed Joseph Gigante, MD, professor of Pediatrics, about the importance of childhood immunizations.