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September 2009

Sept. 30 - Dr. Matthew Davis quoted in

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 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 the economics of practicing medicine.

Sept. 29 - USA Today readers respond to U-M doctor op-ed

USA Today ran a page of letters to the editor today responding to an op-ed by Stephen Patrick, M.D., house officer in the Department of Pediatrics, about his mother's battle with cancer. His mom reached her medical insurance policy's cap for chemotherapy of $100,000 while she was fighting cancer.

Sept. 28 - Dr. Alan Leichtman and Bruce Spiher quoted about the U-M Paired Kidney Donation

Several news outlets published an article about an organ matching software program that was developed at the University of Michigan to give a new opportunity for some people needing a kidney transplant. It matches two people - an incompatible recipient/donor pair - with another pair in the same situation. The software and transplant team determine that it is possible for the donor from the first pair to donate to the recipient from the second pair, and the donor from the second pair donates to the recipient from the first pair. Carrying the story were the Chicago Tribune, Detroit News,,, and

Sept. 28 - Dr. Matthew Davis quoted extensively regarding H1N1 flu vaccines

Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, was quoted in several news outlets including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Detroit Free Press, and Health.Com, about a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health on H1N1 flu. Among parents who don't plan on having their children vaccinated against H1N1 flu, 46 percent said they're not worried about their children getting swine flu and 20 percent said they believe the flu isn't serious, according to the poll, which surveyed 1,678 parents from Aug. 13 to 31.

Sept. 23 - Dr. Stephen Patrick op-ed appears in USA Today

Stephen Patrick, M.D., and house officer in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, writes about his mother's battle with cancer. He writes: "Just 21 months into my mother's cancer treatment, she had reached her medical insurance policy's cap for chemotherapy - $100,000. As if dealing with cancer were not enough, she now had to deal with the reality that our health care system had left her financially exposed. Lost in our daily debates on health care reform is the devastating impact our current system has on people like my mom."

Sept. 22 - Mott patient on MTV

Spinal chord injury patient Derek Zike appears in MTV's True Life: I'm Rehabbing My Injury. The episode premiered Sept. 19 and replays regularly. It is on tonight at 8 p.m. For a regular schedule, go to and click on MTV Show Schedule.

Derek is a spinal cord injury patient who was treated and rehabbed at Mott this winter after a hockey accident. He was discharged in March. Derek (and Mott) appear in the True Life series, which employs first person narrative storytelling to provide a window into the lives of young Americans. The segment follows Derek and his family as they navigate the conflicts, tensions, obstacles, and decisions they face during the rehabilitation process. He will be one of three patients featured.

Sept. 17 - Health policy expert quoted on Wall Street Journal Web site

Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, co-director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch Web site about value-based benefit design. Fendrick said the value-based idea has gained currency as some large employers move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that reflects the best health outcomes for dollars spent.

Sept. 17 - Health policy expert quoted on health news Web site

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., co-director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, talked about the Senate Finance Committee health care reform bill with the Web site, He was one of five health leaders nationwide quoted in the story.

Sept. 17 - Dr. Alderman in Self magazine

Amy Alderman, M.D., M.P.H., Cancer Center/Plastic Surgery, is quoted in an article in Self magazine on breast reconstruction. Dr. Alderman discusses her research that shows few women are informed about reconstruction options before breast cancer surgery. The article is part of the magazine's Women's Cancer Handbook, which appears in the October issue. Self has a circulation of 1.3 million.

Sept. 17 - Anatomical donations program, assistant dean in Detroit Free Press and

The touching ceremony led by medical students to honor those who donate bodies for study was chronicled in both the Detroit Free Press and Thomas Gest, Ph.D., director of the anatomical donations program, and Casey White, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical education, were quoted in the articles, as were several medical school students. The Free Press also featured an extensive photo gallery online.

Sept. 14 - U-M experts quoted in the Associated Press

David Sandberg, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and John Park, M.D., associate professor of pediatric urology, were quoted in separate stories by the Associated Press regarding Caster Semenya, the South African runner who is intersexed and whose gender has been the subject of controversy. Both Sandberg and Park's stories appeared in a variety of news outlets, including the Washington Post, Yahoo! Sports, and NBC Sports.

Sept. 12 - Risk officer, neurosurgeon appears on CBS Evening News

Rick Boothman, chief risk officer and John McGillicuddy, M.D. along with other U-M Hospital employees were featured in a substantial report on the CBS Evening News on Saturday. The story examined U-M's medical malpractice policies and their beneficial outcomes.

Sept. 11 - Boothman quoted in Wall Street Journal,

Richard C. Boothman, chief risk officer for the University of Michigan Health System, was featured in two stories about medical malpractice, which President Barack Obama referenced in his speech to the nation about health care reform. Boothman described U-M's medical malpractice policies to both the Wall Street Journal and

Sept. 9 - U-M cardiovascular research appears in Time

Dr. Robert Brook talked with Time magazine about the affect of air
pollution on heart disease. Rueters news service also reported on
findings by Brook that fine particle air pollution can raise blood
pressure and impair blood vessel and nervous system functioning. See
UMHS release and video

Sept. 8 - Mott heart patient featured in Free Press

Heart transplant patient Tommy Schomaker, 8, was featured in today's front page of the Detroit Free Press for a back-to-school story. Dr. Richard Ohye, surgical director of the pediatric heart transplant program at Mott and Barb Shaltis, clinical social worker in Mott's congenital heart center were quoted in the story.

"A transplant's not a cure, in a way it's a temporary cure, so we wait until it's basically the last resort," Ohye is quoted as saying.

Shaltis: "For children, when they can actually get back in school and feel like they're getting on with their lives, I think it actually makes them feel better. It gives them more hope and it gives their families more hope."

Sept. 7 - A "Woman to Watch": Pescovitz featured in Crain's Detroit

Each year, Crain's Detroit Business picks a select number of women business leaders from southeast Michigan for its "Women to Watch" list, lauding them for their work and their potential to transform important companies and institutions in the region. The new list, released Monday, includes Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., the CEO of the U-M Health System and U-M Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs. In addition to spotlighting Dr. Pescovitz's career and some of the specific efforts she's spearheading at UMHS, Crain's asked her what class she'd want to take if she could study any subject. Find out her answers to all these questions by reading her profile here!

Sept. 6 - Dean James O. Woolliscroft featured in

James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School, was featured prominently in extensive coverage about the new North Campus Research Complex in the Sunday edition. Woolliscroft was quoted repeatedly about the planning process, saying it's important "to get it right, rather than do what's expedient." In the three stories and two columns, Dr. Stephen Forrest, U-M's vice president for research also was quoted, as was Dr. Joan Keiser, an adjunct professor of physiology and a leader in the NCRC planning process.

Sept. 6 - Drs. Goold, Silveira talk about end of life issues in the Detroit Free Press

Susan Door Goold, M.D., Internal Medicine, and director of the Bioethics Program, wrote a guest op-ed column for the Detroit Free Press, which appeared under the headline "End-of-life talks have value." In the same edition, Maria Silveira, M.D., Internal Medicine/VA, was quoted in a front-page story about end of life care, citing her research.

Sept. 3 - Dr. Dlugosz in Wall Street Journal, Reuters

Dr. Andrzej Dlugosz, Cancer Center/Dermatology, received media attention for an editorial that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding a drug that shows promise for treating metastatic basal cell carcinoma. The drug targets the Hedgehog pathway, which the editorial authors say holds great promise for treating cancer. Dr. Dlugosz was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story, and in stories syndicated by Reuters and HealthDay.

Sept. 2 - Brandon and Shani Inge Day

Yesterday's Brandon and Shani Inge Day catapulted U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital onto the country's sports and news pages. Mott is the subject of coverage today in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, WDIVZ Detroit and WXYZ Detroit, the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and Ann Arbor Journal. See UMHS release.

Sept. 2 - Dr. Sabel in Detroit News

Michael Sabel, M.D., Breast Care Center, is quoted in today's Detroit News in an article describing a new study that found 40 percent of breast cancers could be preventable through lifestyle choices. Dr. Sabel says maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising can help prevent breast cancer.

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