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.
- The July/August issue of Roanoker magazine featured Carilion Clinic throughout its pages, beginning with Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie, M.D., medical director of Carilion Clinic Infection Prevention and Control, on its cover. Stories featuring Carilion providers included:
- Dr. Baffoe-Bonnie was named the region's Top Infectious Disease Specialist; in the accompanying article, he discussed the new roles physicians have had to take on during the pandemic.
- Senior VP and chief medical information officer Stephen Morgan, M.D., described the exponential growth of telemedicine at Carilion Clinic in 2020.
- John E. Vance, M.D., Carilion Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Erica Reynolds, M.D., M.Ed., Pediatric Endocrinology, discussed developing an expertise in gender-related health care needs and ways providers can support and validate patients.
- Felicity Adams-Vanke, M.D., chief and fellowship director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, discussed shifting the spotlight to children's mental health.
- Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO, talked with Becker's Hospital Review about building new facilities to accommodate growing mental health needs.
- The New York Times consulted with Paul Skolnik, M.D., Chair of Medicine, to shed light on the increased incidence of common respiratory illnesses related to loosened coronavirus restrictions.
- Vice president and Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital administrator Carl Cline published an op-ed in the Franklin News-Post highlighting multiple ways Carilion is addressing challenges to rural health care overall and during the pandemic.
- Carilion Children's Safe Kids coordinator Jill Lucas-Drakeford spoke to WDBJ about gun safety around children.
- Emergency Medicine physician Stephanie Lareau, M.D., spoke with WFXR about avoiding the ER while out enjoying seasonal activities.
- Carilion's pilot Code Lavender team, led by Andrew Tressler, M.Div. and Suzanne Bowser, M.S.N., R.N., received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop a chaplain-led program to address burnout among frontline workers.
- And Robert Trestman, Ph.D., M.D., chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, spoke about the potential health impacts of marijuana legalization with WFIR and in a panel discussion hosted by WDBJ.
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 CarilionClinic.org/research.
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