October 14, 2022

VUMC in the news, Oct. 18, 2022

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

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’s “Today,” Medical News Today, KNX Radio (Los Angeles), Huff Post, Everyday Health, Self, Glamour, The Washington Post, Forbes and Fortune.

Schaffner also participated in the annual NFID press conference on the influenza vaccine last week, which resulted in media placements including Precise Vaccinations, MSN, Knewz, CNET, Boston Globe, The Week, Drug Topics, Infection Control Today, Nexstar Media Group Wire, and the PR Newswire press release picked up by the Associated Press, Yahoo Finance and Seeking Alpha.

The New York Times reporter Knvul Sheikh interviewed Keipp Talbot, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, for a story about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

Stephen Patrick, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics, was quoted by The Washington Post in a story about voters being motivated by the Supreme Courts decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

STAT News reporter Usha Lee McFarling interviewed Wes Ely, MD, co-director of the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, for a story about his continuing work on post-COVID symptoms and his book, Every Deep Drawn Breath.

Axios Nashville, CNN reporter Sandee LaMotte, NBC News reporter Linda Carroll, and CTV News (New Brunswick, Canada) reporter Nick Moore interviewed Evan Brittain, MD, associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, for stories about his Nature Medicine paper on step counts and chronic disease.

Nashville Post reporter Katelynn White interviewed Wendy Kiepek, executive director, Operational Services, for a story about the Women in Technology of Tennessee professional mentorship program. Kiepek is the outreach director of the program, independent of her work at VUMC.