February 9, 2024

VUMC in the news, Feb. 13, 2024

The observance of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the standalone Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was covered by several news outlets, including WZTV Fox 17 News, WTVF NewsChannel 5, WKRN News 2, and WGNS radio in Murfreesboro.

WTVF NewsChannel 5 reporter Nikki Hauser interviewed Joseph Magliocca, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, for a story about VUMC setting a new record for organ transplants in 2023. Tennessean reporter Frank Gluck also covered the news about the new record.

ESPN picked up an Associated Press story about former NBA player Scot Pollard who is awaiting a heart transplant and is hospitalized at Vanderbilt.

WPLN Nashville Public Radio quoted Peggy Valentine, EdD, Vice President of Allied Health Education, from the live chat hosted by the Vanderbilt Health ‘DNA’ podcast that explored how educators throughout Nashville are collaborating on novel training programs to find local solutions to the shortage of health care workers and the high cost of higher education. VUMC was also mentioned in the WTVF NewsChannel 5 story on the same subject, and NPR’s “1A” show ran a clip of the live chat hosted by the podcast on its 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on-air shows the day after the live chat.

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: Yahoo! Life, Lead Stories, and Health,

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Professor  of Health Policy, was quoted by NBC News and American Public Media’s “Marketplace” in stories about drug prices.

Undark Magazine reporter Melba Newsome interviewed Melinda Aldrich, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine, and Kim Sandler, MD, co-director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program, for a feature story about racial disparities in lung cancer screening, detection and treatment. Undark Magazine is a non-profit magazine funded through the journalism program at MIT. The focus is on science and society.

Medscape reporter Tara Haelle interviewed Sara Horst, MD, associate professor of Medicine, and assistant chief for Clinical Informatics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, for a story about a poster at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, that showed patients with inflammatory bowel disease who lost response after infliximab (Remicade) induction, could escalate the maintenance dose of the subcutaneous infliximab biosimilar CT-P13 to gain improved clinical response and remission, without new safety concerns. Haelle also interviewed David Schwartz, MD, director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, for a Medscape story about a poster presentation on COVID-19 hospitalizations of IBD patients.

Health.com awarded James Jackson, PsyD, director of Long-Term Outcomes, CIBS Center, a 2024 Innovative Hospital Award for VUMC’s long COVID support group.

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, who has several faculty appointments at Vanderbilt, including professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been mentioned by several news organizations after the publication of his book What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms. Among the news organizations: Time, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, HuffPost and PBS “News Hour.”

Yahoo News reporter Korin Miller interviewed Michelle Roach, MD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for a story about on a new study that says that people with PCOS have an 8-fold increase in suicide risk.