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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending November 6th

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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.

  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System, shared his perspective at the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Third Annual Health Care Connect Innovators Forum, which was held virtually. He discussed topics including his role, Temple’s experience with COVID-19, its efforts during the pandemic within the community and with long-term residential care facilities, and how the Health System has “spiraled up” during the past few years. The Delaware County Daily Times, the Daily Local News, the Pottstown Mercury, the Norristown Times Herald and other outlets featured a write-up of the event.
  • Deborah Cancilla, MA, Executive Vice President of Data Strategy and Chief Information Officer at Temple University Health System, spoke with Healthcare IT News about how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of telemedicine technology and its positive reception among clinicians and patients at Temple.
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, Chair and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, offered insight to Wired about earning the public’s trust in a coronavirus vaccine.
  • The Becker’s Hospital CEO Report highlighted Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lung Center, participating in the Becker’s Healthcare podcast to discuss Temple’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the steps the Health System is taking to welcome patients back safely, and new technology available at the Lung Center.
  • Ryan Gibbons, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Assistant Director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Director of the Sol Sherry College of Doctoring at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, presented a study at the virtual American College of Emergency Physicians meeting on the initial imaging of possible COVID-19 patients reporting to the emergency department and conducting that screening by ultrasound vs. X-ray. He discussed the findings with MedPage Today.
  • Healio Neurology and Contagion Live highlighted a new study to be published in the December print issue of the journal Neurobiology of Disease which is the first to show that the spike proteins that extrude from SARS-CoV-2 promote inflammatory responses on the endothelial cells that form the blood-brain barrier and can cause this barrier to become “leaky,” potentially disrupting the delicate neural networks within the brain. Servio H. Ramirez, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), is the principal investigator on the study. Tetyana P. Buzhdygan, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow and first author on the report, and Allison M. Andrews, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at LKSOM, is a co-author.