May 30, 2024

Her Make-A-Wish was to make a movie; raw milk and disease risk; discussing teen suicide and other news stories with VUMC sources

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patient Ana Maria Salazar, who is being treated for T-cell a.l.l. leukemia, wanted to make a movie for her Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee wish. With the help of connections from the Nashville Film Institute, she got her wish and the movie, “Ana Marie and the Forever Forest,” had its premiere at the hospital’s theater. The film’s debut was covered by WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Forrest Sanders.

The Mama Lere Hearing School, which is a part of VUMC Bill Wilkerson Center and which teaches children, mostly with hearing loss, to listen, read, sing and talk, recently held its preschool graduation ceremony. The event was covered by WTVF News Channel 5 and WSMV News 4. Reporters interviewed Brittany Day, AuD, Director of Mama Lere Hearing Programs and parents about the day. To see VUMC News’ coverage of the graduation and see some photographs from the event, go here.

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be a trusted source for reporters seeking information on infectious diseases of several kinds. In the past few days he has been quoted by NBC News’ “Today” show and Everyday Healthabout bird flu and its effect on the milk supply — specifically the health risks of drinking raw milk; Houston Style magazine on the new COVID variant and the potential for new cases over the summer; and Yahoo! Life about the West Nile virus being spread by mosquitoes in the U.S.

Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was quoted by NBC News in a story about how patients with private insurance pay more for hospital care than patients with Medicare.

Laura Goff, MD, MSCI, professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Medscape story about a new drug, liposomal irinotecan, for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

WTVF News Channel 5 interviewed Alex Bettis, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, about the importance of discussing teen suicide and mental health.

Roger Dmochowski, MD, professor of Urology, was quoted, in a Medscape story about raising public awareness of pelvic organ prolapse.

Angel Carter BSN, RN, Project ADAM Middle Tennessee Coordinator, was interviewed by WKRN News 2 producer John Polumbo to discuss Project ADAM in light of the governor signing the Smart Heart Act.