COVID-19

Throughout the course of this pandemic, the experts at University of Maryland Medical System have been the source for hundreds of news stories on topics ranging from prevention and treatment to research and vaccine.

September 21, 2022

Dr. Schrank stresses the importance of vaccinations and projects whether we should expect another winter surge. (WJLA-TV)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 21, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about how to protect yourself against COVID-19 moving forward. (WBFF-TV)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 19, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 9, 2022

Dr. Khanna discusses bivalent COVID-19 booster shots. (WBFF-TV)

  • Niharika Khanna, MD, MBBS, DGO, Professor of Family Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Family Physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 7, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about bivalent COVID-19 booster shots (Capital News Service)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 7, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about bivalent COVID-19 booster shots (Capital News Service)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

September 1, 2022

Dr. Khanna talks about progress made in convincing parents to get their children vaccinated. (Associated Press)

  • Niharika Khanna, MD, MBBS, DGO, Professor of Family Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Family Medicine physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

August 30, 2022

Dr. Carter discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's health, including delays for checkups and other vaccinations. (WTOP-FM)

  • Rebecca Carter, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and a Pediatrician with University of Maryland Pediatrics at Midtown

August 17, 2022

Dr. Postolache explains post-COVID "brain fog" symptoms. (STAT)

  • Teodor Postolache, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the UM School of Medicine and psychiatrist at the University of Maryland Medical Center

August 17, 2022

Dr. Fitzpatrick discusses COVID-19 policy changes at Baltimore-area schools. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Meagan Fitzpatrick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine,

August 15, 2022

Dr. Khanna reacts to the easing of federal guidelines for quarantining and social distancing. (WBFF-TV)

  • Niharika Khanna, MD, MBBS, DGO, Professor of Family Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Family Medicine physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

July 27, 2022

Dr. Laurens discusses a new study that shows reluctance of parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. (WJLA-TV)

  • Matthew Laurens, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 25, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19. (WYPR-FM)

  • Gregory Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 25, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid. (WBFF-TV)

  • Gregory Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 25, 2022

Drs. Levine and Marcozzi explain the symptoms of what is considered a mild case of COVID-19. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Andrea Levine, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and program director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the UM School of Medicine, and an Internal Medicine Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center; and David Marcozzi, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Chief Clinical Officer and a Senior Vice President of University of Maryland Medical Center

July 24, 2022

Dr. Marcozzi reacts to President Biden's COVID-19 diagnosis. (WBAL-AM)

  • David Marcozzi, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Chief Clinical Officer and a Senior Vice President of University of Maryland Medical Center

July 22, 2022

Dr. Schrank speaks about President Biden's COVID-19 diagnosis and the latest in treatments. (WBFF-TV)

  • Gregory Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 21, 2022

Dr. Deming talks about the effectiveness of booster shots against new variants. (WTOP-FM)

  • Meagan Deming, MD, PhD, Instructor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

July 21, 2022

Dr. Laurens talks about the transmissibility of the BA.5 subvariant compared to other strains. (WTOP-FM)

  • Matthew Laurens, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 19, 2022

Dr. Kotloff reacts to federal approval of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Karen Kotloff, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician at University of Maryland Children's Hospital

July 18, 2022

Dr. Levine stresses the importance of getting vaccinated and the toll taken by multiple bouts with COVID-19. (WJLA-TV)

  • Andrea Levine, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the UM School of Medicine and Internal Medicine physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

July 17, 2022

Dr. Chen talks about the development of seasonal COVID-19 shots. (The Atlantic)

  • Wilbur Chen, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Adult Clinical Studies section within the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the UM School of Medicine, and Infectious Diseases Physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

July 15, 2022

Dr. Kotloff talks about the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, trials of which she led. (WBFF-TV)

  • Karen Kotloff, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician at University of Maryland Children's Hospital

July 13, 2022

Dr. Schrank explains the danger of the BA.5 subvariant. (The Baltimore Banner)

  • Gregory Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 11, 2022

Dr. Neuzil talks about the BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Kathleen Neuzil, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

July 3, 2022

Chang highlights elastomeric respirators as an alternative to N95 masks. (The New York Times)

  • Jim Chang, Director of Safety and Environmental Health at University of Maryland Medical Center

July 2, 2022

Dr. Callahan highlights the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for young children at the State Center clinic. (WBFF-TV)

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital

June 23, 2022

Mesa speaks about stepping up to manage the mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium. (LinkedIn News)

  • Gregory Mesa, PT, MSPT, COMPT, Rehabilitation Manager at University of Maryland Medical Center

June 22, 2022

Dr. Nitri talks about a pandemic-related drop in cancer screenings. (WBAL-TV)

  • Shana Nitri, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

May 26, 2022

Dr. Neuzil talks about the design of Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, which uses proteins rather than the mRNA used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. (Kaiser Health News)

  • Kathleen Neuzil, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the UM School of Medicine; and Wilbur Chen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

May 25, 2022

Dr. Getzoff talks about the use of telehealth in psychological treatments. (WBFF-TV)

  • Elizabeth Getzoff, PhD, Senior Pediatric Psychologist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

May 25, 2022

Drs. Crimmins and Campbell talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic led to delays in the typical vaccination schedule for children. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Ashley Crimmins, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Emergency Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center; and James Campbell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

May 24, 2022

Dr. Moser writes about blood clotting abnormalities caused by COVID-19. (Southern Maryland News)

  • Joe Moser, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UM Charles Regional Medical Center

May 24, 2022

Drs. Neuzil and Chen talk about vaccine challenge studies, which could pay the way for revolutionary vaccines. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Kathleen Neuzil, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the UM School of Medicine; and Wilbur Chen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

May 23, 2022

Dr. Laurens speaks about the current COVID-19 vaccination guidance for children. (WJLA-TV)

  • Matthew Laurens, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

May 14, 2022

Dr. Laurens speaks about the possibility of another wave of COVID-19. (WBFF-TV)

  • Matthew Laurens, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center

May 4, 2022

Dr. Callahan talks about Test to Treat availability at the State Center testing clinic. (WMAR-TV)

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center and Director of the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital COVID Task Force

May 4, 2022

Dr. Callahan says rising positivity rates are not necessarily being followed by rising hospitalizations. (WBAL-TV)

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center and Director of the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital COVID Task Force

April 23, 2022

Dr. Berry talks about a rise in pediatric hospitalizations as a result of the omicron variant. (USA Today)

  • Andrea Berry, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Pediatrician at the University of Maryland Medical Center

April 20, 2022

Dr. Amin talks about the end of the federal mask mandate. (WBFF-TV)

  • Vinisha Amin, MD, Hospitalist at UM Upper Chesapeake Health

April 20, 2022

Dr. Kewalramini discusses how you can tell if you've already had the emergent BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19. (Eat This, Not That!)

  • Anu Kewalramini, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Immunologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

April 20, 2022

Dr. Chen speaks about federal vaccine recommendations in his capacity as a member of an advisory panel. (MedPage Today)

  • Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Adult Clinical Studies section in the Center for Vaccine Development at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

April 18, 2022

Dr. Neuzil speaks to a rise in COVID-19 cases. (Bloomberg)

  • Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the UM School of Medicine

April 15, 2022

Dr. Onigbanjo reacts to federal recommendations that young students undergo anxiety screenings. (WBFF-TV)

  • Mutiat Onigbanjo, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

April 8, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the emergent BA.2 strain of COVID-19. (Health)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

April 1, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the approval of additional COVID-19 booster shots for older Americans. (WBFF-TV)

  • Gregory Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 25, 2022

Dr. Callahan, Chant and Henry talk about COVID-19 vaccines and other services offered at the B'More Healthy Expo. (WBFF-TV)

  • Bella Catalina Chant, MSN, RN, Program Coordinator of the Violence and Injury Prevention Program at The Center for Injury Prevention and Policy at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; Asunta Henry, BS, EMT-B, Community Outreach Advocate at University of Maryland Medical Center; and Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 23, 2022

Dr. Campbell reacts to a Moderna trial that showed their COVID-19 vaccine could be safe and effective in young children. (WMAR-TV)

  • James Campbell, MD Professor of Pediatrics, UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 22, 2022

Dr. Marcozzi explains the proper fit for N95 masks. (Popular Science)

  • David Marcozzi, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and SVP/Clinical Care Officer at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 21, 2022

Dr. Lyke talks about who may need an additional COVID-19 booster shot. (WBFF-TV)

  • Kirsten Lyke, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Malaria Vaccine and Challenge Unit at the UM School of Medicine, and Infectious Diseases physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 16, 2022

Dr. Jerome talks about research into heart complications suffered by recovered COVID-19 patients. (WYPR)

  • Scott Jerome, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Cardiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 14, 2022

Dr. Moser explains what monoclonal antibodies are and their potential to treat other diseases in the future. (Southern Maryland News)

  • Joe Moser, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UM Charles Regional Medical Center

March 14, 2022

Dr. Laurens talks about entering the next phase of the pandemic. (Montgomery Community Media)

  • Matthew Laurens, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 14, 2022

Dr. Campbell says children who have had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine. (ArcaMax)

  • James Campbell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center"

March 11, 2022

Dr. Carter stresses the importance of vaccinating young children against COVID-19. (WBFF-TV)

  • Rebecca Carter, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and a pediatrician at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

March 11, 2022

Dr. Custer says it's safe for children to return to school without masks. (WBFF-TV)

  • Jason Wayne Custer, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Patient Safety at University of Maryland Medical Center

March 10, 2022

Dr. Campbell reacts to a snag in the approval process for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine's use in young children. (The New York Times)

  • James Daniel Campbell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine

March 6, 2022

Dr. Fitzpatrick says the end of mask and vaccine mandates doesn't mean the end of COVID-19. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Meghan Fitzpatrick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

March 1, 2022

Dr. Marcozzi talks about hospital efforts to catch up with the surge of the omicron variant. (The Daily Record)

  • David Marcozzi, MD, COVID-19 Incident Commander, University of Maryland Medical System; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center

February 28, 2022

Dr. Custer talks about the latest science on COVID-19 and children. (MPT)

  • Jason Wayne Custer, MD, Associate Professor at the UM School of Medicine and Director of Patient Safety at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

February 25, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 as Maryland crosses 1 million confirmed cases (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Gregory M. Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

February 22, 2022

Stever talks about the impact of the pandemic on compliance issues. (Health Facilities Management Magazine)

  • Richie Stever, MHA, CHFM, Vice President of Real Estate and Property Management for the University of Maryland Medical System

February 14, 2022

Dr. Frieman talks about a study he co-led that found a two-drug cocktail could best treat COVID-19. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Matthew Frieman, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the UM School of Medicine

February 14, 2022

Dr. Englum says checkups missed during the pandemic will lead to a spike in cancer cases. (Vox)

  • Brian Englum, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UM School of Medicine and Pediatric Surgeon at University of Maryland Medical Center

February 13, 2022

Dr. Levine and Wheeler talk about caring for post-COVID symptoms. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Andrea R. Levine, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the UM School of Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist at University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Kristy Wheeler, MSN, RN, CNOR, Senior Clinical Nurse at University of Maryland Medical Center

February 11, 2022

Dr. Fitzpatrick speaks about the continued need for masks. (WBFF-TV)

  • Meagan Fitzpatrick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

February 9, 2022

Dr. Barrueto talks about the impact of a nationwide blood shortage on UM Upper Chesapeake Health. (The Aegis)

  • Fermin Barrueto, Jr, Chief Medical Officer for University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

February 9, 2022

Dr. Moser urges continued vigilance in the face of the pandemic. (Southern Maryland News)

  • Joe Moser, MD, Chief Medical Officer for UM Charles Regional Health

February 9, 2022

Dr. Lyke talks about when after a COVID infection someone should get vaccinated. (Popular Science)

  • Kirsten E. Lyke, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

February 8, 2022

Dr. Onigbanjo talks about the downsides of social distancing for kids. (Healthline)

  • Mutiat Onigbanjo, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine, Pediatrician at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and Attending Physician in the Newborn Nursery at University of Maryland Children's Hospital

February 8, 2022

Dr. Chen talks about the effectiveness of booster shots and the continued need for masks, even among people who are vaccinated. (Association of American Medical Colleges)

  • Wilbur H. Chen, MD, Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

February 5, 2022

Dr. Coffey advises what people should do if rapid tests keep coming back positive more than 10 days after their initial COVID-19 diagnosis. (Slate)

  • K.C. Coffey, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the UM School of Medicine and Epidemiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

February 1, 2022

Dr. Schrank talks about the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19. (WTOP)

  • Gregory M. Schrank, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

January 31, 2022

Dr. Frieman talks about a potential of an ongoing vaccine study involving animals at The Maryland Zoo. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Matthew Frieman, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the UM School of Medicine

January 28, 2022

Dr. Sajadi reacts to a study that suggests COVID-19 may have seasons for different temperature zones. (The Washington Post)

  • Mohammad Sajadi, MD, Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Bork speaks about the impact of misuse and overuse of antibiotics on increased antibiotic resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (National Geographic)

  • Jacqueline Bork, MD, Visiting Instructor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

January 21, 2022

Dr. Fontaine talks about the impact a shortage of blood donations is having on University of Maryland Medical Center. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at University of Maryland Medical Center and Professor of Pathology at the UM School of Medicine

January 19, 2022

Dr. Awan talks about stark differences between lung scans of vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 survivors. (WBAL-TV)

  • Omer Awan, MD, MPH a musculoskeletal radiologist at University of Maryland Medical Center and Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and Associate Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

Drs. Chandra and Gatz talk about how people can help ease the stress on emergency rooms. (Eat This, Not That!)

  • Amit Chandra, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine
  • J. David Gatz, MD, Assistant Medical Director of the Adult Emergency Department at the UMMC Downtown Campus and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine

Dr. Marcozzi talks about proper use of N95 and KN95 masks. (WMAR-TV)

  • David Marcozzi, MD, COVID-19 Incident Commander, University of Maryland Medical System; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center

January 14, 2022

Dr. Schrank reacts to the news that health insurers must cover at-home COVID-19 tests. (WBFF-TV)

  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center