Health Equity

September 8, 2023

VUMC in the news: Sept. 12, 2023

Last week’s deaths of Jimmy Buffett and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell led to reporters speaking to VUMC sources to understand more about the diseases each had. Alan Boyd, MD, professor of Dermatology, spoke to WTVF NewsChannel 5 about the Merkel cell carcinoma that was Buffett’s cause of death, and Alexandra Shingina, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Healio piece about Harwell’s acute liver failure.

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about infectious disease in the news. He is one of several COVID experts quoted by the Washington Post in a piece headlined, “How COVID experts are living now,” and is quoted in a CNN story about the CDC’s new flu vaccine campaign that seeks to remind people that even if the vaccine doesn’t prevent the flu in every case, it can prevent the most serious cases. Schaffner is also quoted by other news outlets, including: ABC News, “PBS News Hour,” The Science Times and Yahoo! Life.

Blythe Corbett, PhD, James G. Blakemore Professor and professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was quoted in an NBC News story about the identification of autism using eye-tracking devices.

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, professor of Medicine, Senior Vice President and senior associate dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence, was interviewed as part of a STAT panel discussion about how medical schools can seek diversity without the use of affirmative action.

Keipp Talbot, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was a participant in a STAT panel about inclusivity in clinical trials.

Yahoo! News reporter Korin Miller interviewed Ashley Panas, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief Flight Physician at Vanderbilt LifeFlight, for a story about 11 people who were taken to the hospital after a recent Delta flight due to “severe turbulence.”

Stacey Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was quoted by The Financial Times in a story headlined “The world will need to stop piggybacking on US pharma.”

Healio interviewed Cosby Stone, Jr., MD, assistant professor in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, and Scott Smith, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, for a story about their paper describing how the FDA recalled lots of peanut allergen extracts after higher rates of false-negative tests.

Healio, HealthDay, Medical Xpress, and McKnights Senior Living interviewed Robert Freundlich, MD, associate professor in the department of Anesthesiology and chief, Anesthesiology Informatics Research Division, for stories about his American Journal of Critical Care study that looked at which patients with sepsis require a ventilator to support their breathing.