September 29, 2023

VUMC in the news, Oct. 3, 2023

The VUMC Voice story about Tommy and Virginia Stevens, both 91, who had been married 69 years and who were holding hands in side-by-side beds in the Palliative Care unit, was picked up by local and national media outlets, including WSMV Channel 4 News, The Tennessean, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, The Messenger,  Fox 5 in New York, another Fox 5 in Atlanta, KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona, and People magazine. The original VUMC Voice story was written and reported by Jill Clendening and photographed by Erin O. Smith.

PositivelyPosititve included the VUMC story about Anna Person, MD, associate professor of Medicine, being named to an HIV leadership role in its HIV/AIDS News section.

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about infectious disease in the news. Among the news outlets he has spoken to recently: The Epoch Times, Health, Prevention, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Post.

Spectrum News reporter Brenda Borrell interviewed Stephen Camarata, PhD, professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, for a story about research involving minimally verbal autistic people.

People magazine reporter Eileen Finan interviewed Byron Stephens, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, for a story about singer Natalie Merchant’s recent surgery for spinal degeneration with ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.

Keipp Talbot, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was quoted by STAT in a story about the Pfizer RSV vaccine.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, professor of Pediatrics, emerita, was quoted in a Scientific American story headlined, If you’re pregnant, these vaccines could save your and your baby’s life.

Alexandra Shingina, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Medscape story about new guidelines about acute liver failure from the American College of Gastroenterology.

Gitanjali Srivastava, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted by Medpage Today in a story about weight-loss plateaus experienced by patients using injectables such as semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) and tirzepatide (Mounjaro).