September 14, 2022

VUMC in the news, Sept. 20, 2022

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

David Begnaud with CBS News interviewed English Flack, MD, MS, associate professor, Clinical Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s  Hospital at Vanderbilt and Medical Director of Project ADAM Middle Tennessee for a story on AEDs, importance of availability within communities and impact. A patient family, Carrie Sharp (also a news anchor at WTVF News Channel 5) spoke about her son’s/family’s experience with acquiring an AED, which is not covered by most insurance plans.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, was quoted by several news sources discussing the new COVID booster shots, including Vox, Healio and Verywell Health.

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Buddy Creech, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, for a story about monkeypox in 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: CNN, Health Digest,, Healthline, WPLN Nashville Public Radio, and Nashville Post.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was interviewed by the Kaiser News Network about the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on Medicare drug costs.

Stephen Patrick, MD, director of the Center for Child Health Policy, was quoted in a Reuters story about the deaths of some newborns after being sent home with mothers struggling to overcome drug addictions.

Jim Jackson, PsyD, assistant director of The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt, was quoted in a CBS News story about how a video game may help long COVID patients.

The Boston Globe ran an editorial on long COVID written by Wes Ely, MD, Co-Director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship.