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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending August 28th

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Temple University Health System’s preparations for and treatment of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic continue to be part of the media’s COVID-19 coverage.

  • Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Director of the Temple Lung Center offered expert commentary to 6ABC-TV about the recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19. 
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Suzanne M. Boyle, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at LKSOM, and Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship at Temple University Hospital (TUH), about the large number of COVID-19 patients who suffer kidney damage caused by the virus.
  • Ana C. Pichardo, BSN, CMI, a Certified Medical Interpreter at TUH, and a recent BSN graduate from LaSalle University, was a featured expert on the At the Core of Care podcast to discuss the impact the pandemic has had on her family, nursing education, and her work as an interpreter, as well as the way it has shifted her approach to health care.
  • The Temple News published a story featuring efforts organized by Vittoria Boni and Kurt Koehler, fourth-year medical students at LKSOM, to produce masks for residents in North Philadelphia. Boni and Koehler partnered with the Center for Urban Bioethics at LKSOM and organized a team of student volunteers from both LKSOM and the College of Public Health at Temple University to produce and distribute the masks. Together, they have made more than 10,000 masks to date.
  • Bianca Salerno, daughter of Daniel A. Salerno, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Thoracic Medicine & Surgery at LKSOM, and Director of the RICU (Critical Care Services) at TUH, is being honored with a TD Bank Young Hero Award, for her efforts baking treats for Temple’s front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Main Line Suburban Life published a feature article on Bianca.