July 27, 2021

VUMC sources quoted by NBC News, New York Times, Time magazine, more

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: NBC News (see video), Associated PressThe Independent, CNN, Science, The Washington Post, and WebMD.

NBC News reporter Erika Edwards interviewed Todd Rice, MD, associate professor of Medicine, Allergy / Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, about the importance of COVID vaccine to prevent serious illness and death.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted in a New York Times story about the increase in summer colds this year.

The New York Times published an opinion column, “Dolly Parton Tried. But Tennessee is Squandering a Miracle” by Margaret Renkl, which mention’s Parton’s contribution to vaccine research at Vanderbilt and her willingness to encourage others to get a COVID vaccine.

Jamie Ducharme, health writer for Time magazine, interviewed James Antoon, MD, PhD, FAAP, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, about the rise in RSV cases in the South. He was featured in the story’s lead.

Buddy Creech, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, was quoted in an NBC News story about children being hospitalized with infections other than COVID.

NBC News interviewed Sachin Patel, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, for a story detailing the growth in the use of legal cannabis among young women.