University of Rochester

Rochester Quotes

“I woke up in the morning, put that first step down, and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve got it. I can’t believe I’ve got it.’”

Benedict DiGiovanni, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, in the Los Angeles Times, discussing his own bout of plantar fasciitis—a common foot ailment—and a study he led to test a new exercise specifically designed to treat the injury.

Detroit Free Press

“There are so many good things going on right now in palliative and end-of-life care, I’d hate to see it get lost in his personality and sideshow.”—Timothy Quill, director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care, commenting on the possible parole of controversial doctor Jack Kevorkian.

The Associated Press

“This study suggests that maybe it doesn’t really offer any specific benefit beyond what you would get from just a regular flu shot, and under certain circumstances, it may not be quite as good.”—John Treanor, professor of medicine, talking about the effectiveness of the inhalable flu vaccine FluMist.

Wall Street Journal

“Sooner or later, the price factor will kick in and more people will view becoming a business-school professor as quite attractive. But that hasn’t happened yet.”—Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School, commenting on the difficulties business schools face in hiring faculty.

ABC News

“I think that Gov. Schwarzenegger, in maintaining his activity, is a model of what people today can expect as they get older, and I think that the medical and scientific community can deliver on that expectation.”—Regis O’Keefe, director of the musculoskeletal research center, on the broken leg Schwarzenegger suffered in a skiing accident this winter.


“The risks from these products have not been firmly established. But there are some measures we can take until the use of these chemicals in everyday materials and products is more aggressively restricted.”—Shanna Swan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, talking about exposure to “endocrine disruptors”—chemicals that can interfere with hormones that regulate gender and that are often found in toys, baby bottles, and other items used by pregnant women and children under three.