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October 2009

Oct. 29 - Dr. Chervin quoted in New York Times, Washington Post and more

Dr. Ronald Chervin, director of U-M's Sleep Disorders Center, was quoted in an Associated Press article about a sleeplessness study that assessed which state's residents reported getting the least sleep. Financial stress and odd-hour work shifts can play roles in sleeplessness, Chervin said, suggesting those may be contributing factors in West Virginia -- whose residents reported the worst sleep problems -- an economically depressed state with tens of thousands of people working in coal mining. The story appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times,Boston Globe, Yahoo, CBS, Seattle Times and numerous other media outlets.

Oct. 29 - U-M doctors appear in WDIV story about artificial liver

Lena Napolitano, M.D., division chief of acute care surgery and professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, and Shawn Pelletier, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School, were featured in a story on WDIV-TV on Wednesday about artificial liver trials. Dr. Lena Napolitano is helping test the ELAD, or "extracorporeal liver assist device."

Oct. 27 - Drs. Jentzen, Park quoted in USA Today about H1N1

Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., director of U-M's autopsy and forensic services and Pauline Park, M.D., co-director of U-M's Surgical Intensive Care Unit, were both quoted about the effects H1N1 flu has on the lungs in a front-page USA Today story. "It's impressive even to me, the damage done to these lungs," Jentzen said. Park told the paper that U-M has started a national registry of H1N1 patients. As of Oct. 9, the latest data available, at least 54 flu patients have been so sick that they've needed a temporary lung bypass; 62.8% of those whose outcomes are known survived.

Oct. 26 – Dr. Junck on CNBC

Larry Junck, M.D., Cancer Center/Neurology, appeared live on CNBC to discuss the risk of brain tumors linked to cell phones. Dr. Junck points out that there is little scientific evidence suggesting a link and that there are far greater health hazards to worry about.

Oct. 26 – Dr. Persky in Chicago Tribune

Neal Persky, M.D., Geriatrics Center/Internal Medicine, is quoted in the Chicago Tribune in an article about cancer screenings for older adults. Dr. Persky talks about when screening tests can pose a greater risk than benefit. For example, a colonoscopy is clearly useful for a 50-year-old, but how important is it for an 80-year-old? With conflicting screening guidelines and advice, Dr. Persky says doctors caring for older patients are “left in the lurch.”

Oct. 24 – Drs. Katz, Griggs on

Steven Katz, M.D., M.P.H., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, and Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, are both quoted in a story that appeared on The story talks about patient decision-making in breast cancer. Both doctors stress why it’s important for patients to take their time in making their treatment decision.

Oct. 25 - Dr. Fendrick quoted in Chicago Tribune

To promote prevention, insurance policies need to be restructured "to create the right kinds of incentives," said Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, co-director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, in the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune. Dr. Fendrick says what is needed is a link between how much health is produced and how much the nation pays for medical care.

Oct. 23 - Cederna offers encouragement in Free Press diver story

Encouraging words from Paul Cederna, M.D., a U-M plastic and reconstructive surgeon, could be inspiration to other children with severe burns and their parents. He was quoted in the Detroit Free story on the amazing journey of a girl, burned at age 1, who has become an Oakland County diving champ. He says there's nothing better for them than sports - which keeps them limber, active and engaged.

Oct. 25 - Feature article about U-M Survival Flight in Press Argus/Livingston County Daily

The Sunday edition of Press Argus/Livingston County Daily included a lengthy feature article about our U-M Survival Flight crew, "Survival Flight crew takes lifesaving to new heights." The online version of the article includes a short video and a collection of 30 photos. Pentastar Aviation, based at the Livingston County Airport, maintains and flies the U-M Survival Flight fixed wing aircraft. It will begin providing helicopter service on November 1.

Oct. 22 - U-M physicians talk about spinal cord injury on Fox 2 News

Frank La Marca, M.D. assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and director of U-M's Spine Surgery section and Michael Louwers, M.D., of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation both appeared in a Fox 2 News report about a patient with a spinal cord injury. The patient, Josh Marshbanks, underwent rehab services at University Hospital.

Oct. 22 — U-M stem cell grants make statewide news

The federal stimulus funding program has fueled many grants to U-M scientists, including $6.8 million for stem cell research. A U-M press release issued today has led to widespread news coverage of this new funding, including an Associated Press story that has been picked up by the Detroit Free Press, and radio station WWJ-AM. Read the story here.

Oct. 22 - Dr. Pescovitz comments on NCRC in Ann Arbor Business Review

In a story on the electronic edition of the Ann Arbor Business Review, U-M Health System CEO Ora Pescovitz, M.D., is quoted saying that the purchase of the North Campus Research Complex from Pfizer was part of what attracted her to join U-M earlier this year. Read the story here ( ) and learn more about the NCRC here.

Oct. 22 — U-M study appears in multiple news outlets

The LA Times health blog,, Health Day, Science Daily, wrote about research led by U-M dermatologists Darius J. Karimipour, M.D., that suggests that aggressive microdermabrasion appears to improve the appearance of aging skin. The paper was published in the October issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Oct. 21 - Gifts of Art featured in Concentrate

The UMHS Gifts of Art program and Elaine Sims were featured in a lengthy article entitled "Healing Arts" in Ann Arbor's online magazine Concentrate.

October - Ronald Zernicke, Ph.D. quoted in Prevention Magaine

Ronald Zernicke, Ph.D., director of the University of Michigan Bone and Joint Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Center is quoted in Prevention Magazine offering tips to build strong bones at any age. Zernicke says “strength-training is key to having strong bones for the rest of your life." Lifting weights causes your muscles to pull on your bones, which in turn become denser and stronger. Choose weights that are heavy enough so you can do 2 sets of 8 to 10 reps.

Oct. 19 - North Star Reach Camp featured in

Doug Armstrong, executive director of North Star Reach camp and a nurse at U-M's C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, was quoted extensively in an story featuring the camp. The camp is designed for seriously ill children. UMHS Press Release.

Oct. 19 - Beth Tarini quoted in the Detroit News

Beth A. Tarini, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a story that suggests genetic testing for disease heredity is gaining favor. The article references a Tarini study published in the journal Pediatrics that found that more than one-third of parents say they would be interested in knowing if their children might develop a disease for which there is no cure.

"The ability to know things is coming," Tarini is quoted as saying. "The question from the medical community is, 'How do we deal with this because we no longer are going to be the gatekeepers?"

Oct. 15 - Morrison quoted in Detroit News

Sean Morrison, Ph.D, director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology, was quoted in the Detroit News about the third annual World Stem Cell Summit. The event is expected to draw more than 1,200 business, academic and government leaders from 25 countries. "It would be great for the state because the World Stem Cell Summit is a nexus for advocacy, disease, scientific, regulatory and industry groups interested in the stem cell field," Morrison said.

Oct. 15 - Radiologists quoted in U.S. News & World Report's HealthDay

Prachi P. Agarwal, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, and Ella Kazerooni, director of U-M's division of cardiothoracic radiology and professor of radiology, were both quoted in U.S. News & World Report's HealthDay online publication. The study, which also was authored by Sandro Cinti, clinical assistant professor in theDepartment of Internal Medicine, also was featured on numerous medicine and science related Web sites such as MedPage Today and Diagnostic

Oct. 14 - Dr. Markel discusses flu vaccine on public radio

Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, contributed to a report on National Public Radio's All Things Considered that examined Americans' attitudes toward vaccines and vaccine safety in light of the A/H1N1 pandemic. In it, he discussed the shift in attitudes since the 1950s, when parents readily accepted use of the Salk polio vaccine for their children.

Oct. 13 - Neurologist quoted in numerous online news sites

Jeffrey S. Kutcher
, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, was quoted on numerous health and sports-related Web sites about his role as chair of a new sports neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology. Most notable hits were on the Web sites of WWJ-AM 95 radio, CNBC, Reuters and FoxBusiness.

Oct. 13 - Chey on Detroit Public TV

William D. Chey, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine, director of Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory, appeared on Detroit Public TV’s “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” series. Dr. Chey discusses reflux diseases and connections to other medical conditions, in addition to the latest treatments and therapies.

Oct. 13 - Dr. Markel quoted in The Atlantic

The November 2009 edition of The Atlantic carries a probing article on whether flu vaccination really does dramatically reduce mortality. In it, Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, is quoted on the value of social distancing, such as quarantine and school closures, as an effective means for slowing the spread of flu.

Oct. 12 - Chief Risk Officer to appear on public radio's Marketplace

Listen to Marketplace on your drive home today to catch Chief Risk Officer Richard Boothman's interview about the University of Michigan's medical malpractice policies. Boothman is expected to appear on the nationally-syndicated radio show from American Public Media, which airs at 6 p.m. on WDET-FM, 101.9 and at 6:30 p.m. on WUOM-FM, 91.7.

Oct. 10 - U-M physicians write op-ed for New York Times

Raymond De Vries, M.D. Ph. D., professor in the Bioethics Program and of obstetrics and gynecology and Mark Pearlman, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of the Medical School's Breast Fellowship Program wrote an op-ed column along with U-M doctoral student Ann V. Bell that was published in the New York Times. The column discussed how delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is the most common and the second most costly medical claim against American doctors.

Oct. 9 - UMHS goes pink on

A story in highlights an initiative in which the U-M Cancer Center is taking part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University Hospital will be lit pink during the evening of Monday, Oct. 12, to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The U-M Cancer Center is collaborating with Ann Arbor-based Mood-lites on this initiative to aid in "shining a light on the importance of breast cancer research to find a cure." Learn more about the initiative.

Oct. 8 -Patient treated for H1N1 at U-M appears on Good Morning America

University of Michigan Health System was nationally recognized on Good Morning America for aiding in the recovery of a deathly ill swine-flu patient. Jim Shrode, a 53-year-old Michigan resident was admitted to a local hospital with swine flu and complications from pneumonia. He was then airlifted to UMHS where he was treated with antivirals and remained at the hospital for seven weeks until recovery.

Oct. 8 - Drs. Wang and Feller discuss 50 years of the Burn Center
during local radio interview

Irving Feller, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery, and Stewart C.
, M.D., Ph.D., director, U-M Burn Center, were interviewed
together on the Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider radio show about 50
years of innovations and successes for the University of Michigan Burn
Center. Feller discusses the creation of the Burn Center and its early
days. Wang praises the vision of Feller and talks about the future of
the center.

Oct. 8 - Dr. Wang quoted in Ann

Stewart C. Wang, M.D., Ph. D., Surgery/Trauma Burn, was quoted in about Irving Feller, the creator of the 50-year-old U-M Burn Center. The article discusses how the center was created and modern treatments. Dr. Wang describes Feller as “a visionary. Things we're doing are things that he got started way back then," Dr. Wang said. See the full article here.

Oct. 4 - Dr. Pierce quoted in

Lori Pierce, M.D., Radiation Oncology/Cancer Center was quoted in about mammography findings revealing the future of breast cancer survival rates. The findings “remind us that mammography is one of the most powerful tools we have,” Dr. Pierce said. See the full article here

Oct. 7 - Stephen Strobbe quoted in the Detroit News

Stephen Strobbe, Ph.D., RN, NP, was quoted in a Detroit News story regarding Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera's blood alcohol level during Saturday's game against the White Sox. The clinical director at University of Michigan's Addiction Treatment Services told the Detroit News that physicians will put an intoxicated person on an IV of saline to lower their blood-alcohol rate, and he said it is not an uncommon procedure in emergency rooms.

Oct. 6 - Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen quoted in

Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., P.H.D., director of U-M's autopsy and forensic services, was quoted in about U-M's partnership with the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner. All Washtenaw County autopsies are now being performed in University Hospital's refurbished morgue.

Oct. 5 - Dr. Chinnaiyan makes Crain’s 40 Under 40

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of its “40 Under 40,” a program that honors those who have made their mark before hitting the age of 40. Dr. Chinnaiyan was chosen due to his research of gene fusion and efforts to produce a commercial product, including co-founding two Michigan-based companies. Carrying his picture and profile is Crain’s Detroit Business.

Oct. 4 - Kidney research consortium makes news

The launch of a kidney research consortium led by University of Michigan Health System researchers made the news with coverage in Renal Business Today, Crains Detroit Business, and Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. Internal medicine professors Matthias Kretzler, M.D., Lawrence Holzman, M.D., and Akinlolu Ojo are involved in the $10.25 million project to study nephrotic syndrome. See UMHS news release here.

Oct. 4 - National coverage of surgical complications study

A U-M study on surgical complications appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine was covered by several national publications including the New York Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Modern Healthcare, Health Day and by Crains Detroit Business. NPR also broadcast a segment on the research by John D. Birkmeyer, M.D., Amir A. Ghaferi, M.D., and Justin Dimick, M.D. See UMHS news release here.

Oct. 4 - Dr. John Birkmeyer quoted in Detroit Free Press

John D. Birkmeyer, M.D., professor of surgery and director of M-SCORE, Michigan’s Surgical Collaborative for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, was quoted in an extensive Sunday Free Press story about the future of Medicare. "What gets lost is the implicit assumption that everything is great now," Birkmeyer told the Free Press. "In many ways, things are not great now."

Oct. 3 - Dr. Blayney on CNN

Douglas W. Blayney, M.D., Internal Medicine, appeared on CNN to discuss health care reformation and how it will affect cancer care. According to Dr. Blayney, the reform that is produced needs to consider “lifetime caps, preexisting conditions, and the ability to care for the many more cancer survivors [they] have” in addition to prevention screenings. “As cancer doctors,” Blayney told the CNN correspondent, “we want cancer to go away.” See the interview at CNN.

Oct. 1 - Dr. Davis quoted by National Public Radio, WWJ and more

Matthew M. Davis, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, was quoted in numerous publications about a study he co-authored addressing medical students' perceptions. The study showed that less than half of graduating medical students in the U.S. say they received adequate training in understanding health care systems and was featured on National Public Radio's Web site, WWJ NewsRadio 95 in Detroit, Inside Higher Ed and numerous medical news.

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