April 7, 2023

VUMC in the news, April 11, 2023

Several VUMC physicians spoke with reporters about trauma preparations and caring for gunshot children in the wake of the Covenant School shooting. Among the stories: Joseph Fusco, MD, assistant professor of Pediatric Surgery, spoke with several local television stations, Gina Kolada of The New York Times, Becky Sullivan of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and Erika Edwards of NBC News. Fusco’s NPR interview was also the basis for a story in the Daily Mail. Alex Jahangir, vice-chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, was also interviewed for the NPR piece. Jay Wellons, MD, MSPH, chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, appeared live on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program to discuss the impact of AR-15 bullets on the human body, and was also interviewed by CBS News. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting when all the victims had been transported to VUMC, members of the Medical Center’s News and Communications office provided information to local and national reporters and news outlets.

Seth Karp, MD, H. William Scott Jr. Professor, chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center was quoted by The Washington Post in a story about new liver transplant rules that have resulted in poorer states exporting organs to more wealthy part of the country.

CNN, The New York PostHealthDay and NBC News’ “Today” (via Yahoo! News) were among the news outlets interviewing Evan Brittain, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, for a story about his JAMA Network Open research letter that found a pandemic-related drop in Americans’ daily step count.

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 were NBC News, US News & World Report, Self , Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

MedicalResearch.com editor Marie Benz, MD, interviewed Jonathan Mosley, MD, PhD, associate professor, in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, for a story about developing genetic predictors for prostate cancer.

The New York Times reporter Dani Blum interviewed Raza Sagarwala, MD, a VUMC resident in Psychiatry, about his research into the effects of nonpharmacological therapies on anxiety and cortisol.

CNN, Essence magazine, Huff Post, Yahoo! News, MedPage Today, and other news organizations quoted Reid Thompson, MD, professor and chair of Neurological Surgery, for stories about VUMC selecting Tamia Potter as its first Black female Neurosurgery resident.

Tennessean reporter Rachel Wegner interviewed Cristin Fritz, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Stephen Patrick, MD, director, Center for Child Health Policy, for a story about the Tennessee Child Health Poll that found an increasing number of Tennessee parents reporting their families are food insecure.

Inside Precision Medicine and HealthDay interviewed Bashir Al Hussein Al Awamlh, MD, second-year Urologic Oncology fellow, for a story about his JAMA Internal Medicine study that found the number of prostate cancer patients in the U.S. choosing active surveillance over surgery or radiation has rapidly increased since 2010.

Brad Malin, PhD, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, was quoted in a STAT story about patient privacy and hospital websites.

Justin Turner, MD, associate professor of Otolaryngology, was quoted by NBC News in a story about an experimental treatment for people with smell disorders.

Xiao-Ou Shu, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of Medicine, was quoted in a New York Times story headlined “Is Tofu Good for You?