Dr. Nancy Snyderman stepped down from serving as the chief medical editor for NBC News today, acknowledging that becoming part of the story during the Ebola crisis contributed to her decision to return to academic medicine.
“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,” Snyderman said in a statement. “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.”
Snyderman said she will soon be 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,” she said in the statement. “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.”
NBC also released a statement this afternoon praising Snyderman.
“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,” the statement reads. “She’s been a valuable voice both on air and in our newsroom, and we wish her all the best.”
Snyderman was spotted by Planet Princeton readers when she double-parked her Mercedes in front of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro in October. She and two crew members were supposed to be quarantined at her home after potentially being exposed to Ebola in Liberia, but the groups left the house to pick up a take out order.
The incident was picked up by major media outlets across the country, and sparked outrage. Many of Snyderman’s fans never forgave her for it. She did not address the incident for several days, and when she did apologize, many viewers perceived her statement as arrogant, causing more outrage. Months later, former fans have continued to post negative comments about Snyderman on her Facebook page and on Twitter, saying she has lost her credibility because of the incident.