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.
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".
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.
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.
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."
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., co-wrote an op-ed for Global Health Now, "The Myth About Herd Immunity."
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."
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.
Yuichiro Yano, M.D., was quoted in a Reuters article, "African Americans Need 24-Hour Blood Pressure Checks."
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 MedicalResearch.com. Related stories were also picked up by Reuters Health and Healio.
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.
Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, was quoted in an AAMC article, "Helping Patients Win the Fight Against Obesity."
Wendy Elwell-Paige, M.S., was quoted in a US News and World Report article about international students interested in the PA profession.
Kenzie Johnston, M.D., CAQSM, created a patient resource, "Depression and Anxiety in Sports," for the AMSSM.
Alexa Mieses, M.D., was quoted in a US News and World Report article about mental health.
Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, was mentioned in an article about the upcoming Health Affairs Briefing on Community Care For High-Need Patients at the Conrad Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 4.
Mary Story, Ph.D., co-wrote an opinion article, "The Future of Healthy Eating Research," for the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
In 2017, a study authored by Audrey Blewer, Ph.D, MPH, found that women are 27 percent less likely than men to receive CPR if they suffer from cardiac arrest in public. Inspired to change this statistic, JOAN Creative has partnered with United State of Women to create the Womanikin, a CPR dummy attachment with breasts, in order to normalize performing CPR on women. This story has been picked up by numerous outlets, including CNN and Good Morning America, with quotes from Blewer about the importance of gender disparities in CPR training.
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health was mentioned several times in the Spring 2019 issue of the Duke Med Alumni News magazine. Highlights include a feature article about the Community Health division's work with the Holton Wellness Center and recognition of the Duke Primary Care Transformation Fellowship.
Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, and Mina Silberberg, Ph.D., were featured in a podcast from the "The Measure of Everyday Life."
Lloyd Michener, M.D., was featured in a podcast from the Journal of Health Design.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., was featured in a Duke Global Health Institute article, "The Many Faces of Vaccine Hesitancy."
Anthony Viera, M.D., was mentioned in a Pittsburgh Magazine article, "The Potential of Prevention Against Chronic Diseases."
Duke University Hospital was listed on the 2019 "100 Great Hospitals in America" list published by Becker's Healthcare. In the article, the Duke PA Program was recognized as the nation's first physician assistant program.
Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, and Mina Silberberg, Ph.D., were mentioned in an article published by the RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program. In the article, they were recognized for "Non-Research Victories" related to their increasing housing stability project.
Will Bynum, M.D., was quoted in a Boston Globe article about bullying in medicine.
Will Bynum, M.D., wrote a blog post, "To Pull Back the Curtain on Shame in Medical Education, I Had to Start With Myself," for AM Rounds, the official blog of Academic Medicine.
Laura Fish, Ph.D., and Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., were featured in a Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) article about INVEST, a study they are collaborating on with the DHVI and the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR). The study aims to improve adolescent immunization coverage by examining disparities in vaccine uptake.
Brock Woodis, clinical pharmacist for Duke Family Medicine, was featured in the Duke Today article, "See How Duke Employees 'Get Moving.'" To share your Get Moving Challenge photos, use #HealthyDuke on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Division of Community Health was featured in a Durham Magazine article, which highlighted the division's activity with the Durham Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Task Force and how it fits into Healthy Durham 2020. Find newsstands with the magazine here.
Kim Thompson, administrative manager of Duke Occupational Health & Wellness, is one of 28 scholars in the first class of the Duke Management Academy. The year-long program, which began with an opening ceremony earlier this month, was featured on Duke Today on Jan. 23.
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D, was included in a Duke Global Health Institute article with video highlights from the Eradicating Human Diseases: Opportunities and Risks panel in November. The article was featured on Global Health NOW on Jan. 23.
John Vaughn, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine, director and division chief of student health, recently helped launch Narrative Medicine Mondays at the Duke Student Wellness Center. The new program was featured in The Chronicle on Jan. 9.
Will Bynum, MD, assistant professor of community and family medicine and co-associate director of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program, was featured on the Voices of Duke Health podcast. Joined by two medical school students, Bynum discusses why resilience should be more than just a buzzword.
Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C, was quoted in an article about NC AHEC providing North Carolina's health science students with affordable housing while they are off-campus on rotations.
Teah Bayless, DO, was interviewed for an AARP article, "When Doctors Became Caregivers."
"Intermediate Diabetes Outcomes Patients Managed by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants : A Cohort Study," co-authored by Christine Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, and Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, was mentioned in an article on Healio. Morgan was also featured on an NEJM Journal Watch podcast talking about the study.
Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine and program director for the Duke PA Program, was quoted in an article about the Physician Assistant Education Association's 2018 Education Forum.
The Duke Health News Office issued a news release regarding a JAMA study led by Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D., FASH, assistant professor of community and family medicine, about the risks of high blood pressure for people under age 40. The story was picked up by many media outlets, including The New York Times, MedPage Today, Health Day, Science Daily, Health Day, US News & World Report and Yahoo News.
Jessica Lapinski, DO, third-year family medicine resident, was featured in the American Academy of Family Physicians news article "Best Project Winners Named in Emerging Leader Institute."
Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C, was interviewed for the article "NC AHEC Student Housing – A Crucial Part of Community-Based Education."
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was featured in the following articles:
- Duke CTSA KL2 Program Welcomes New Scholars
- New mHealth App Streamlines the Vaccination Process
- Bass Connections Faculty Perspectives: Lavanya Vasudevan
Alexa Namba, DO, family medicine chief resident, was interviewed for the AAFP story "Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations."
Lovest Alexander, MHS, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed for the Duke Today story "Nominations Wanted for Teamwork and Diversity Awards."
Jacqueline S. Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, associate professor of community and family medicine, was featured in the Physician Assistant Education Association news article "Duke Program Director Advocates for NHSC on Capitol Hill."
Don Bradley, M.D., MHS-CL, consulting professor of community and family medicine, and J. Lloyd Michener, M.D., professor of community and family medicine, authored an article for Population Health News: "Population Health: Moving from 'why' and 'what' to 'how'.
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed for the Dame Magazine article "We're Becoming a Nation Without Doctors."
Truls Ostbye, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FFPH, professor of community and family medicine, was featured in the Duke Global Health Institute article "DGHI Launches First-Ever Study Abroad Course."
Lavanya Vasudevan, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, was featured in the Duke Global Health Institute article "Data Visualization Projects Offer Novel Lens to Explore Health Issues."
Anthony Viera, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of community and family medicine, was quoted in the Triangle Business Journal article "Luring physicians to rural NC communities requires funding, experts say."
Lloyd Michener, M.D., was interviewed for a Harvard Center for Primary Care podcast.
Duke Personal Assistance Service was featured in the Duke Today article "How Counseling Helped an Employee Cope With Traumatic News Events" on Feb. 6. Interim Director Terry Nicotra, Ph.D., was interviewed.
Truls Ostbye, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FFPH, professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed for the article "BWC to Spend $6 Million on Small Business Wellness Initiative," published Jan. 24 on the website WorkCompCentral.
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was profiled for the MedPage Today article and video "From Hopeless to Healer: Finding Acceptance as a Doctor, Value as a Woman."
Anh Tran, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was featured in a director's profile on the School of Medicine's Primary Care Leadership Track Blog.
Blake Boggess, DO, CAQSM, professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed for the Clinical Practice Today article "Helping a Woman With Back Pain Return to the Tennis Court," published in December 2017.
Michelle J. Lyn, MBA, MHA, assistant professor and chief of the Division of Community Health, was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article "Health System Partnerships Boost Community Health."
Nadine Barrett, Ph.D., MA, MS, assistant professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed for the Healio story "Community engagement, partnerships can reduce cancer disparities, improve population health."
J. Lloyd Michener, M.D., professor of community and family medicine, was interviewed on Nov. 14, 2017, for the podcast "Review of Systems." Listen to the podcast.
Fred Johnson, MBA, assistant professor of the practice of community and family medicine, was interviewed for a Working@Duke Facebook feature on the documentary screening of "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope."
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of community and family medicine, and Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH, second-year family medicine resident, were both interviewed for an article in North Carolina Family Physician about their respective roles in international and national leadership.
The Duke Physician Assistant Program's Day of Service activities were featured in an AAPA roundup of PA Week service activities.