September 23, 2022

VUMC in the news, Sept. 27, 2022

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

For much of the past week, VUMC was the subject of social media posts and a video that misrepresented facts about the care the Medical Center provides to transgender patients. These criticisms are only the latest in a series of attacks which have been mounted against facilities throughout the U.S. (including Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Phoenix) that provide care and treatment for transgender patients. The Medical Center responded to numerous news outlets seeking comment by releasing a statement correcting false reporting. Among the reporters and news outlets requesting VUMC’s statement: WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Tennessean reporter Frank Gluck, reporter Anita Wadhwani with the Tennessee Lookout, Fox 17 News reporter Jennifer Bellissimo, Fox News national reporter Anders Hagstrom, Fox News southeast correspondent Jonathan Serrie, Sinclair Broadcast Group producer Alec Schemmel, Axios reporter Nate Rau, WSMV Channel 4 content producer Daniel Smithson, WKRN Channel 2 reporter Adam Mintzer, Inside Higher Ed reporter Liam Knox, WTVF NewsChannel5 reporter Chris Davis, Nashville Post reporter Hannah Herner, Just The News reporter Greg Piper, The Daily Caller reporter Chrissy Clark, The Western Journal reporter Jake Harp, Daily Signal reporter Mary Nargeret Ollahan, Vice News reporter Anya Dolledziowsky, CNN, STAT News reporter Tara Bannow, CBN News reporter Heather Sells and Associated Press reporter Kim Kruesi.

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, ABC News, NBC News, Healthline, VeryWell Health, Huff Post,, PolitiFact and NPR.

Tuya Pal, MD, professor of Medicine, was quoted in a CBS News story about genetic tests for breast cancer.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was quoted in an NBC News story about how pharmaceutical companies could get around the lower drug cost requirements in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Wes Ely, MD, Co-Director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship, spoke to CNN about risk factors for long COVID.

Dawn Beaulieu, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted by Everyday Health in a story about whether medical marijuana could improve Crohn’s disease symptoms.

Healthline News reporter Heather Cruickshank interviewed Shichun Bao, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, for a story about a cohort study and meta-analysis on diabetes and tea consumption.