January 19, 2024

VUMC in the news, Jan. 23, 2024

The New York Times reporter Rebecca Robins interviewed Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Professor  of Health Policy, for a story about why drug prices are so high in the U.S. Dusetzina was also interviewed for a Medpage Today story headlined: “MedPAC report on Medicare Advantage growth, high costs generates kerfuffle.”

NBC News national reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Kathryn Lindley, MD, associate professor of Medicine, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Women’s Heart Center,  for a story about a new study that shows women who consume higher amounts of protein, especially protein from plant-based sources, develop fewer chronic diseases and are more likely to be healthier overall as they age.

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 Washington Post (“How to prevent shingles and what to do if you get it”), Newsweek, The Hill, Axios Nashville, Everyday Health, The Epoch Times, and Nature.

Last week’s cold and snow offered an opportunity for reporters to inform audiences about safety tips for winter weather. WKRN News 2, WTVF News Channel 5, and other outlets interviewed Harold Lovvorn III, MD, professor of Pediatric Surgery, about safety and to give an update on children admitted to the hospital after injuries.

The Focus reporter Tom Llewellyn interviewed John McPherson, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, for a story about exercise goals in the New Year.

Reporter Kori Johnson from WKRN News 2 interviewed Sahar Takkouche, MD, associate chief medical officer and assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, about weight loss drugs and the importance of using these drugs correctly and the implications behind their misuse.