January 4, 2024

VUMC in the news, Jan. 9, 2024

New York Times columnist (and Middle Tennessee resident) David French wrote movingly of his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis and mentions her experience at VUMC in his latest piece.

The New York Times published a story about tongue-tie releases that cites research from Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH, adjunct professor of Biomedical Informatics, and David Francis, MD, adjunct associate professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was quoted in a story in The New Yorker headlined The year of Ozempic.

The Washington Post mentioned VUMC in a story about early onset colorectal cancer. One of the patients profiled in the detailed report is Carly Brown, and the piece notes that a clinical trial at VUMC enabled her to take a game-changing immunotherapy drug.

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: CBS News,   NBC News “Today”, USA Today, The New York Times, Salon, Time and AARP.

NBC News national reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Todd Rice, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, for a story about a new study on long flu.

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Sahar Takkouche, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer and assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, for a story about a new study that shows low-carb diets rich in plant-based foods are associated with less weight gain, unlike those high in animal fats or refined carbs, which can lead to more weight gain.

NBC News national reporter Erika Edwards interviewed Cosby Stone, MD, assistant professor in Allergy/Immunology, VUMC Drug Allergy Research, for a story about penicillin allergy de-labeling.

WHYY’s “The Pulse” reporter Alan Yu interviewed Ashish Shah, MD, professor and chair of Cardiac Surgery, for a story about the technique normothermic regional perfusion, and the debate about it in the medical community. “The Pulse” is a national science show and podcast from the public radio station WHYY in Philadelphia.

USA Today reporter Mike Snider interviewed Wesley Self, MD, professor of emergency Medicine, for a story about how to not get yourself and others sick over the holidays.

Inside Precision Oncology newsletter reporter Laura Cowen interviewed Vandana Abramson, MD, Donna S. Hall Professor in Cancer Research and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and Brian Lehmann, PhD, research associate professor of Medicine for a story about their study that showed adding atezolizumab to carboplatin chemotherapy significantly improves outcomes among patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, and provides key information about immunotherapy response in these patients.

Everyday Health reporter Susan Kreimer interviewed Mohana Karlekar, MD, Section Chief of Palliative Care, for a story about end-of-life planning.

The VUMC news release about the Vanderbilt Transplant Center-Deaconess clinic in Newburgh, Indiana, received coverage from two local news stations, WEHT-TV (ABC)/WTVW-TV and WFIE-TV (NBC).