Carilion Clinic Experts in the News

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By News Team on August 3, 2021

In our last update, coronarivus was beginning to recede from the headlines and Carilion Clinic's medical and administrative leaders were once again being called on to share their expertise and perspective with the community on all things medical.

Unfortunately, that trend has reversed, and COVID-19 cases are trending upward again in our region; Carilion's experts are working hard to educate and inform the community. 

A few recent interviews are listed below.

Spotlight on Clinical Trials

Nancy Howell Agee's discussion with Becker's Hospital Review highlighted Carilion's role in the RECOVER clinical trial, the largest depression study in history. Carilion Clinic is the only Virginia health system involved in the trial, which is studying vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for difficult-to-treat depression.

Biraj Patel, M.D., Neurointerventional Radiology, was featured by WDBJ and other outlets for his leadership in the study of FAST-BGC, a new stroke intervention technique that is being studied at only seven centers in the country. Dr. Patel is the principal investigator on the trial, which uses a balloon guide catheter to stop blood flow in the neck to facilitate removing clots, minimizing the damage from a stroke.

These clinical trials are among more than 100 currently being offered through Carilion. Find out more at

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