2:19pm PT by THR staff
Nancy Snyderman Exiting NBC News
Nancy Snyderman is exiting NBC News as Chief Medical Editor.
She came under fire after violating quarantine guidelines after traveling to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
"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. I will be shortly taking up a faculty position at a major U.S. medical school."
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NBC News thanked her for her service.
"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," NBC News said in a statement.
In October, Snyderman returned home from Liberia, during a trip which saw Ashoka Mukpo, a 33-year-old NBC News freelance cameraman, diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Snyderman and three other crewmembers remained symptomless, but were placed under quarantine by the New Jersey Department of Health on Oct. 11, after the department said Snyderman and the crew violated an agreement to quarantine themselves for 21 days after returning to the United States.
Snyderman apologized during an appearance on Today in December. She said she had been confident she was not contagious when she broke quarantine 72 hours after returning to the U.S.
"When I came back from Liberia with my team, we'd already been taking our temperatures four, five, six times a day, and we knew our risks in our heads, but didn't really appreciate, and frankly we were not sensitive to how absolutely frightened Americans were," she said on Today.