Dr. Leigh Vinocur
There have been 43 thousand confirmed cases of H1N1 virus, aka "Swine Flu" reported in the U.S. with 302 deaths and thousands more hospitalized. This virus is not going away, in fact the government is so concerned that federal and local agency is ramping up for a resurgence of the virus come flu season.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious (NIAID) are set to begin clinical trials for vaccines and they have an infrastructure called Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEU). The University of Maryland’s Center for Vaccine Research at the School of Medicine is one of the first in the country to begin this trial. Dr. Leigh Vinocur, ER physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians joins the show to discuss what we should expect.
Dr. Leigh Vinocur is a board certified ER physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. She currently serves as the Director for Strategic Initiatives at University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has been a medical broadcaster for over 10 years, starting her broadcast career in 1998 as consultant and medical reporter for Baltimore’s NBC affiliate, WBAL TV and the NBC News Channel. A familiar voice on WBAL radio every Monday morning with Dave Durian, she also appears regularly on the national cable network the Fox News Channel. She has appeared on numerous other national media outlets as a medical expert, shows such as CNN’s House Calls and the Nancy Grace Show along with CNN Headline News Prime News, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Inside Editions as well as ABC News and the CBS Early Show. She co-hosted a mini series on alternative medicine with Dr. Kevin Soden on Comcast’s Retirement Living Network. She writes a monthly column for the Examiner newspaper and the Savvy Auntie website. ?According to Dr. Vinocur emergency medicine is really a microcosm of society as a whole. “As an ER doctor I treat all the medical problems and social ills we see in modern life, problems related to obesity, smoking, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, mental illness and domestic violence, just to name a few. And while the ER allows me to affect change one patient at a time when I speak or write about these issues I get to affect a broader change throughout a whole community!”?
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