Media Coverage

The work done by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty members (and even some students) is regularly highlighted in newspapers, online media outlets and more. Below you’ll find links to articles and videos of Feinberg in the news.

USA Today 0

The study, though small, helps paint a larger picture of the many types of neurological effects of COVID-19, said Dr. Babak Jahromi, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Medicine. “While we’ve learnt over the past few months that hospitalized COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of suffering ischemic strokes, the current study adds to that picture by also showing neuropsychiatric disorders in hospitalized COVID-19 patients,” Jahromi said.

Reuters 0

Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious diseases at Northwestern Medicine, reviewed current scientific literature and found about half of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 had neurological complications, such as dizziness, decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, disorders of smell and taste, seizures, strokes, weakness and muscle pain.[…]The broad and diverse manifestations of COVID-19 are somewhat unique, said Dr. Sadiya Khan, a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.With influenza, people with underlying heart conditions are also at higher risk of complications, Khan said. What is surprising about this virus is the extent of the complications occurring outside the lungs.

The New York Times 0

Dr. Igor Koralnik agrees. He runs the Neuro Covid-19 Clinic at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He expects that when recovered Covid patients go on to develop cognitive issues later in life, “their presentation is going to be worse because of the damage to the brain that was caused by Covid-19.”

Chicago Tribune 0

A recent Northwestern University study showed Chicago had a mix of COVID-19 strains early in the U.S. pandemic, researchers say. That may help paint a picture that could inform scientists as they continue to work toward a vaccine. The information comes from nasal swabs of 88 people sampled when Northwestern first began COVID-19 testing between March 14 to 21.


Dr. Tina Tan, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, supports the city’s decision. Alongside concerns about the difficulties of keeping kids apart, kids tend to touch their faces often and don’t like to wear masks. “Most kids under six are not going to wear that mask,” said Tan. “It is just very hard for them to keep it on. It’s hard for a lot of adults and even harder for these younger kids who might wear it for five seconds and then take it off.”


Pediatrician Craig Garfield studies the roles of fathers in their children’s lives and is a professor of pediatrics and medical social sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. “The pandemic has reshaped the way fathers are involved with their families and children,” he said via email. “Whether it’s play, reading a book or getting down on the floor and spending time with their kids, this is an unprecedented opportunity for fathers to be really involved.”

Fox News 0

“While there is limited data on infants with COVID-19 from the United States, our findings suggest that these babies mostly have mild illness and may not be at higher risk of severe disease as initially reported from China.” said lead author Leena B. Mithal, pediatric infectious diseases expert from Lurie Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a statement.

USA Today 0

“They’re becoming frustrated and tired. And the ability to remain vigilant for a long period of time is difficult, particularly when they don’t see the risk right in front of them,” said Mercedes Carnethon, the vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “How long can you be afraid of the boogeyman if the boogeyman is never actually knocking on your door?”

Crain's Chicago Business 0

Northwestern Medicine scientists have determined that the Chicago area “is a melting pot for different versions of the virus because it is such a transportation hub,” Dr. Egon Ozer, an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine physician, said in a statement today.

NBC News 0

The same scenario is playing out elsewhere and is a phenomenon known as “caution fatigue,” where people become desensitized to warnings as a result of physical and mental exhaustion from observing safety guidance, according to Jackie Gollan, an associate professor of psychiatry and a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who conducts research on how to make better decisions.

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