January 6, 2023

VUMC in the news, Jan. 10, 2023

Buffalo Bills’ player Damar Hamlin suffering a cardiac arrest on the field led to calls from news media to VUMC experts to help explain the situation. USA Today reporter Natalie Alund and WSMV  Channel 4 news anchor Tracy Kornet interviewed Alex Jahangir, MD, director of the Division of Orthopedic Trauma; Fox 17 News and CBS News Streaming interviewed Christopher Ellis, MD, associate professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology and director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory; and NBC News national reporter Erika Edwards interviewed Hari Tandri, MBBS, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia program.

Also, in the wake of Damar Hamlin’s collapse, reporters from United Press International, WTVF News Channel 5 and WKRN News 2 interviewed, Alex Diamond, DO, MPH, director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) and associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics, about the need for AED placement and availability throughout community spaces.

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about RSV, COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: CNN, WebMD, Las Vegas Review-Journal, U.S. News and World Report, NBC News, Al Jazeera, and CBS News.

Washington Post reporter Carolyn Johnson interviewed James Crowe, Jr., MD, director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, for a story about the power of lab-generated antibodies.

Aaron Brinen, PsyD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was interviewed by ABC News health and science reporter Mary Kekatos to discuss tips for staying calm, avoiding panic attacks, relaxing, while experiencing travel stress due to canceled flights and other travel stressors.

STAT News reporter Jason Mast interviewed Matthew Schrag, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology, for a story about two New England Journal of Medicine papers detailing one of the deaths from the lecanemab trials.