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Dr. Nancy Snyderman Out at NBC News

Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving NBC News just months after she violated the quarantine she and her team created after a crewmember was diagnosed with Ebola.

Here’s Snyderman’s full statement, in which Snyderman says the departure is her decision:

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 from my position as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News. Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine. I will be shortly taking up a faculty position 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.

I have loved my nine years at NBC and I am proud of the work my team has done. 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.

Snyderman, of course, invokes her leaving ebola quarantine, an incident that got lots of national media attention. She repeatedly apologized afterwards.

Snyderman appeared on NBC Nightly News last month in what can be charitably described as “odd” and led people to ask if she was drunk on-air.

By referencing the Ebola incident in her statement, one has to wonder whether she actually made this decision on her own or was pushed out by NBC News management.

[image via Nancy Snyderman/Twitter]

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