Mentions in the News

Faculty, staff and residents and in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health are frequently sought out by the media to comment on their areas of expertise. Additionally, a number of our faculty, staff, residents and programs are regularly featured in various news channels.

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Our Faculty on COVID-19

Tiarney Ritchwood, Ph.D., wrote an op-ed, "In Pandemic, Who Cares for the Poor?," for Medium.

Wayne Thomann, DrPH, was interviewed for a Yahoo News article about the sterilization of N95 masks.

Wayne Thomann, DrPH, was quoted in the Fox Business article, "Reusing N95 Masks in Coronavirus Pandemic Possible with this Technology." The story was also picked up by the Duke Chronicle.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, has collaborated on initiatives with the Spanish-speaking community in Durham, including serving as a panelist on a N.C. Medicaid webinar about adapting telehealth to meet the challenges of caring for our communities. She has also collaborated with ISLA NC, Durham Public Schools, and College Foundation of NC to bring COVID-19 information to Durham's Spanish-speaking community.

Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., spoke with NPR's Pien Huang to answer listeners' questions about herd immunity related to COVID-19, for an episode of The National Conversation with All Things Considered.

Fine Song, M.D., was interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article about using at-home thermometers to track COVID-19 symptoms.

Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., wrote an op-ed, "COVID-19 pandemic is no time to skip childhood vaccinations" picked up by newspapers including the Charleston Post and Courier and the Charlotte Observer.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, was appointed to an N.C. DHHS task force on vulnerable populations and will appear in DHHS PSAs.

Emily D'Agostino, DrPH, M.S., MEd, M.A., wrote an op-ed, "Make the next generation more science-literate" published in the NY Daily News.

Carol Epling, M.D., was interviewed by NPR for a Morning Edition story "Businesses, Schools Draw on CDC's Guidance to Reopen".

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community during a North Carolina COVID-19 Press Conference on June 26. She was also interviewed for articles featured in the New York Times and the Greensboro News & Record.

The Duke PA Program was featured in a PAEA article, "PA Programs’ Evolving Response to the Pandemic."

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, was featured in a number of articles about COVID-19, the importance of wearing a mask, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community. Outlets include Univision, MSN, WFAE 90.7, Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, and The Duke Chronicle, and

Lloyd Michener, M.D., co-authored an article, "Engaging With Communities — Lessons (Re)Learned From COVID-19," featured in the CDC's US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease special supplement.

The Duke PA Program was featured in a Ninth Street Journal article, "Contact Tracers Fight the Pandemic, One Phone Call at a Time." The article discusses the work of Duke PA students enrolled in a community health course created by Quincy Jones, MSW, MHS, PA-C.

June 2020

John Ragsdale, M.D., was featured in a MedPage Today article, "PCPs Seek Identity in Cancer Survivor Care."

May 2020

Yuichiro Yano, Ph.D., was featured in an HCPLive article about his Jackson Heart Study, which uncovered a link between severe sleep apnea and increased blood glucose in African-Americans. The story was also featured in the Savannah Herald.

March 2020

Nick Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, was featured in an article about the Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC). Hudak serves as an assistant director of the IPEC Center.

Hunter Spotts, M.D., was featured in a Duke Today article, "How to Start a Running Routine."

Pat Dieter, MPA, PA-C, was quoted in the MarketWatch article, "Why You're More Likely to See a Physician Assistant than a Doctor."

Lamercie Saint-Hilaire, M.D., was featured in the Duke Today article, "Confronting Power Dynamics in Academia."

February 2020

Eric Maier, an administrative assistant for Duke Employee Occupational Health and Wellness, was mentioned in a Working@Duke Facebook post. He lost 28 pounds during a year-long goal in 2019 to get in better shape. Way to go, Eric!

Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D., was mentioned in a Bel Marra Health article, "Spike In Blood Pressure Readings In Early Adulthood Associated With Health Outcomes In Later Life." The story was also picked up by HealthDay and WebMD.

David Walker, Ph.D., DABT, was featured in a Duke Health news release, "New Ingredient in Cocaine Vaccine Shows Promise in Mouse Study," which discusses a recent paper Walker co-authored.

January 2020

Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, was featured in a PAEA article, "A Duke University PA Program Guide to Student MAT Training."

Mary Story, Ph.D., RD, was featured in a Washington Post article, "More Pizza, Fewer Vegetables: Trump Administration Further Undercuts Obama School-Lunch Rules."

December 2019

Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., co-wrote an op-ed for Global Health Now, "The Myth About Herd Immunity."

November 2019

Audrey Blewer, Ph.D., was mentioned in a Salud America! article, "When a Latino Heart Stops, CPR Often Isn’t There to Save the Day."

Sally Neve, a health coach in LIVE FOR LIFE, was recognized as Blue Devil of the Week by Duke Today.  

Anthony Viera, M.D., MPH, was mentioned in a Washington Post article, "You're Told You Have A 'Pre-Disease.' Here's What That Means."

October 2019

Lloyd Michener, M.D., co-wrote a guest editorial, "Health Systems Approaches to Preventing Chronic Disease: New Partners, New Tools, and New Strategies," for Preventing Chronic Disease. He also co-edited the issue in which his editorial appeared. 

Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., wrote a blog post, "The Power and Potential of Using Simple mHealth Strategies in Global Health," for the Duke Mobile App Gateway for Digital Health. 

September 2019

Yuichiro Yano, M.D., was quoted in a Reuters article, "African Americans Need 24-Hour Blood Pressure Checks."

August 2019

Will Bynum, M.D., was featured in Academic Medicine's monthly podcast.

Nick Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C, was featured in a PAEA article, "Debunking the Myth."

Anthony Viera, M.D., MPH, was quoted in a Consumer Reports article, "What to Know About Prediabetes, Prehypertension, and Other Prediseases." The story was also picked up by MSN News, US News & World Report, and HealthDay.

Yuichiro Yano, M.D., was interviewed for an article, "Not Just in the Clinic: Day and Night Blood Pressures Linked to Heart Disease Risk in African Americans," on Related stories were also picked up by Reuters Health and Healio.

July 2019

Clayton Cooper, M.D., MBA, was quoted in an AAFP blog post, "Mentoring is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline."

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, appeared in an on-air health segment, "Signs Your Child May Be Addicted to Video Games," on WRAL. Bianchi also wrote an article for WONCA and WHO news about this year's World Health Assembly and appeared in another WRAL segment about the dangers of hot-air hand dryers.