November 22, 2023

VUMC in the news, Nov. 28, 2023

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Mary Ellen Koran, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, for a story about a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of America on hidden belly fat in midlife being linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Deepak Gupta, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted in coverage of his study of the effects of salt on blood pressure in a report on Fox News. The study had previously been covered by several news outlets, including WebMD, HealthDay, Medical News Today, Business Insider and The Week.

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 Associated Press, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Washington Times (“Voluntary mask-wearing gains cultural foothold in post-COVID America”) and The Daily Record.

The Washington Post reporter Richard Sima interviewed Wes Ely, MD, professor of medicine and co-director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship, for a story about how UTIs can lead to cognitive dysfunction.

Cathy Eng, MD, the David H. Johnson Professor of Surgical and Medical Oncology, was quoted by Fox News in a report in a story about a new oral drug’s approval for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Eng had previously also be quoted by Medpage Today.

Healthline reporter Gigen Mammoser interviewed Lynne Stevenson, MD, professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiomyopathy Program, for a story about a paper on semaglutide and heart failure that was released at the AHA scientific sessions.

Jim Jackson, PsyD, director, The ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt was on News Channel 5’sMorningLine”to discuss long COVID, and what that’s looking like for people struggling with it now.

WZTV Fox 17 reporter Dennis Ferrier interviewed Michael Smith, MD, assistant professor of Surgery, about the importance of having trauma first aid kits in classrooms.