HOUSTON (April 28, 2009)

Experts at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center who are on the faculty at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston are available for interviews about swine flu. Live interviews can be scheduled at the newly designed Memorial Hermann Media Center, which includes VideoLink's ReadyCam® technology.

Available experts:

Richard N. Bradley, MD, chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine at UT Medical School at Houston, can discuss how hospitals plan for caring for patients who may have swine flu. He also can offer information about "cough etiquette" and provide recommendations about when sick patients should call their physician or seek immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency room.

Brent King, MD, is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical School at Houston and provides emergency medical care to both children and adults at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann-TMC. He can provide information about swine flu, the hospital's plan for responding to this infectious disease and how to best protect children.

Luis Z. Ostrosky, MD, is associate professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UT Medical School at Houston. He also is medical director for epidemiology at Memorial Hermann-TMC. Ostrosky can discuss the infectious nature of swine flu and provide details on what patients can do to reduce their risk of becoming infected or spreading it to others. Through Monday, he is available for phone interviews in both English and Spanish, and beginning Tuesday, April 28, on-camera interviews can be scheduled.