August 12, 2022

VUMC in the news, Aug. 16, 2022

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

NPR, Huffpost, The New York Times, CBS News, and STAT were among the news outlets quoting Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, about Congress acting on drug price reform.

Robert Miller, MD, professor of Medicine, was quoted by Popular Science in a story about the PACT Act’s passage to support veterans exposed to burn pits. Miller was one of the first scientists to raise the alarm about burn pits and their harm to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As reported last week, he was interviewed on the same subject on PBS NewsHour.”

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: The Washington Post, Prevention, NBC News and Health.

Aaron Aday, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, was quoted by Time magazine in a story about peripheral artery disease and its connection to diabetes.

NBC News reporter Erika Edwards interviewed Kristopher Kast, MD, clinical director of the VUH Addiction Consult Service, for a story about people who smoke fentanyl.

Todd Rice, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was quoted in an NBC News story about current policy regarding COVID, given that hundreds of people continue to die daily from the disease.

Medscape reporter Marcus Banks interviewed Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, the William Anderson Spickard Jr., MD, Professor of Medicine, and associate professor of Medicine, for a story about her JAMA Network Open study that tested whether three proven smoking cessation treatments could also reduce alcohol intake.

Healio/Cardiology Today executive editor Erik Swain interviewed Matthew Alexander, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, for a story about a study on salt substitution and its effects on blood pressure, mortality and CV events.

James Antoon, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics, was quoted in a Tennessean story about Landon Lewis, a 2-year-old who has had a long, difficult recovery from COVID.