Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor at NBC News, has quit five-months after becoming the center of controversy over her violation of a 21-day Ebola quarantine. The 62-year-old television correspondent says it’s time for her to return to her roots in academic medicine.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman became part of the Ebola story when one of her cameramen, Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was diagnosed with the deadly disease while they were covering an outbreak in Liberia’s capital Monrovia in Sep. 2014. She ignited a firestorm of controversy when she violated her 21-day Ebola quarantine, after being spotted getting takeout food at a local restaurant.
Nancy Snyderman Quits NBC: Ebola Scandal Contributed To Doctor Leaving News
Dr. Nancy Snyderman admitted that “becoming part of” the Ebola controversy contributed to her decision to leave NBC.
“I stepped out of the OR a few years ago and it is now time for me to return to my roots, so I am stepping down.
“Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the US, contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine,” she said in a statement on Mar. 12.
Dr. Snyderman has worked with NBC for 9-years and now plans to spend more time educating students at a major U.S. medical school.
“More needs to be done to communicate medicine and science to our viewers and citizens, especially in times of crisis, and with my experiences in the field and on air, that is going to be a priority for me.
“Very few people get the chance to combine two professions and I have appreciated the chance to inform the public about medical updates and the plight of so many in other countries. Every moment has been an honor.”
NBC had only kind words for her upon the announcement.
“Throughout her career with NBC News, Dr. Nancy Snyderman has provided her expertise on countless health and medical topics that are vitally important to our audience. She’s been a valuable voice both on air and in our newsroom, and we wish her all the best.”
Nancy Snyderman Quarantined For Ebola
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Oct. 2 that she “suggested and requested [Ashoka]’s self-quarantine.” We are SO SO SO happy that the NBC News freelancer was declared virus-free and healthy in October.
The Ebola outbreak was a scary time for Americans all across the country last fall, but Nancy was adamant that her team presented a very minimal risk.
“We want to be respectful to our colleagues and the U.S. public,” Nancy said in the interview with Rachel at the time. “Because we know this is not a casually transmitted disease and because we don’t have any symptoms, we present zero to minimal risk. Our returning to the U.S. is a very, very minimal chance of getting anyone [else] sick.”
Dr. Snyderman has been on television for a long time, serving as NBC’s Chief Medical Editor since 2006 and before that ABC News medical correspondent for 15 years.
HollywoodLifers, why do you think Dr. Snyderman will return to TV?
— Tim Plant