News Releases

December 14, 2021

Dr. Callahan discusses rising COVID-19 case numbers. (WJZ-TV)

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center

December 13, 2021

Dr. Schrank talks about a free community conversation the System hosted on "Long COVID" and pediatric vaccines. (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

Dr. Lyke discusses research into how COVID vaccines protect against the omicron variant. (MPT's "Direct Connection")


December 10, 2021

Dr. Forbess talks about a life-saving surgery on an infant born with a severe heart defect. (WJZ-TV)

  • Joseph Forbess, MD, Surgical Director of the Children's Heart Program at University of Maryland Children's Hospital and Professor of Surgery at the UM School of Medicine
  • Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Children's Heart Program and Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine

Dr. Campbell discusses the approval of COVID-19 boosters for teens 16 and 17 years old. (WBAL-TV)

  • James Campbell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and a pediatric infectious disease physician at University of Maryland Medical Center

December 9, 2021

Dr. Schrank talks about Marylanders who still haven't gotten their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Baltimore Sun)

  • 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

Dr. Lyke discusses the approval of COVID-19 boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds. (NPR)


December 8, 2021

Dr. Neuzil talks about the use of blood samples in testing existing COVID-19 vaccines against the omicron variant. (Wall Street Journal)

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

December 4, 2021

The University of Maryland Medical System held COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinics at Mondawmin Mall in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health. Media coverage includes WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and WBAL-AM.

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Frieman discusses early research into the omicron variant. (Washington Post)

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


December 3, 2021

Dr. Callahan talks about the importance of protection measures against the omicron variant. (WBAL-TV)

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center

December 2, 2021

Dr. Marcozzi talks about the potential holiday spike in COVID-19 cases. (Baltimore Sun)

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

Dr. Chen discusses the potential effectiveness of vaccines against the omicron variant of COVID-19. Media coverage includes Rolling Stone and Bloomberg.

  • Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, 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 Director of the UMB Travel Medicine Practice

Dr. Schrank discusses whether individuals should get COVID booster vaccines if they are feeling ill. (WUSA-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

December 1, 2021

Dr. Frieman talks about whether a COVID-19 booster shot can defend against the omicron variant (WUSA), and whether the omicron variant can be detected through testing (WUSA).

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

November 30, 2021

Dr. Schrank talks about the omicron variant. Media coverage includes Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Sun Q&A and 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

Dr. Berry discusses Tromethamine, a preservative in Pfizer's COVID vaccine for children. (WUSA-TV)

  • Andrea Berry, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and an infectious disease pediatrician at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital

November 29, 2021

Dr. Carter talks about vaccinating children for COVID-19. (MPT's "Direct Connection")

  • 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

Dr. Laurens discusses omicron and other COVID variants. (Politifact)

Dr. Regine was interviewed about proton therapy. (Strategies magazine)

  • William Regine, MD, Executive Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center and the Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chairman and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the UM School of Medicine

Dr. Galvagno discusses implementation of Maryland's Critical Care Coordination Center. (EMS1.com)

  • Sam Galvagno, DO, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology at the UM School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Multi Trauma Critical Care Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

November 23, 2021

Dr. Gandhi talks about one woman's stroke recovery. (WJZ-TV)

  • Dheeraj Gandhi, MBBS, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Director of Interventional Neuroradiology and Clinical Director, Center of Metabolic Imaging and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a neuroradiologist in the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center

November 22, 2021

Drs. King and Seliger discuss how the University of Maryland Medical System ended use of race as a factor in evaluating kidney function. Media coverage includes WJZ-TV and WTOP.

  • Roderick King, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Maryland Medical System
  • Stephen Seliger, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a nephrologist at University of Maryland Medical Center

November 19, 2021

Dr. Weintraub discusses the record of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. (FOX45 Morning News)

  • Eric Weintraub, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Co-Director of Adult Psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical Center

November 18, 2021

Dr. Lane discusses vaccines for children. (FOX45 Morning News)


November 17, 2021

Dr. Carter discusses tips for how to help children overcome their fear of shots. (USA Today)

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

November 16, 2021 

Drs. Marcozzi, Schrank and Berry dispense advice on how Marylanders can safely travel and gather for Thanksgiving. Media coverage includes WJZ-TV and FOX45.

  • David Marcozzi, MD, COVID-19 Incident Commander for the University of Maryland Medical System, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine and Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer for the University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Greg Schrank, MD, MPH, Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at UMMC and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at the UM School of Medicine
  • Andrea Berry, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UM School of Medicine and a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at UMMC

November 15, 2021

Dr. Berry talks about the timing of COVID-19 vaccines for children currently sick with the virus. (WUSA)

  • Andrea Berry, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

November 12, 2021

Dr. Berry speaks about the importance for children to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (WBFF)

  • Andrea Berry, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

November 11, 2021

Dr. Lyke explains the findings of a study on mixing and matching COVID-19 booster shots. (WRC)


November 10, 2021

Dr. Schrank speaks about when to consider quarantine as part of travel plans. (Healthline)

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

November 9, 2021

Nursing Assistant Lauren Williams talks about the Reach for the Stars walkathon to end domestic violence, an event she co-organized and which UMMS supported. (Baltimore Sun)

  • Lauren Williams, RN, a nursing assistant at University of Maryland Medical Center

November 8, 2021

Dr. Kheirbek discusses palliative care for the incarcerated. (WYPR's "Midday")

  • Raya Kheirbek, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Chief of Palliative Medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Wickwire talks about adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time. (WBAL-TV)

  • Emerson Wickwire, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Insomnia Program at the UM School of Medicine and a sleep disorder specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

November 7, 2021

Dr. Carter speaks about the logistics of vaccinating children for COVID-19. (Chief Healthcare Executive)

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

Dr. Callahan talks about the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital. Media coverage includes WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV.

  • Charles Callahan, DO, Vice President of Population Health at University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical Director of BCCFH

November 5, 2021

Dr. Schrank provides guidance and expertise around COVID testing options and exposure protocols. (Verywell Health)

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

Dr. Lankford discusses a mother who gave birth while on life support during her battle against COVID-19. (NBC News)

  • Allison Lankford, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UM School of Medicine and a Critical Care OB-GYN at University of Maryland Medical Center

November 2, 2021

Dr. Purekal and patient Constance Taylor discuss monoclonal antibody treatments. (WMAR)

  • Sophia Purekal, MD, Medical Director of the COVID Infusion Center at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital