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Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who had to issue an on-air apology for violating a quarantine after being exposed to the
A person familiar with the discussions that led to the move, who was not authorized to comment publicly, described the departure as a mutual decision.
In a statement issued Thursday, Snyderman said, "It is time now for me to return to my roots" and leave the news division to take a faculty position at a major medical school.
Snyderman cited her coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia last fall for her leaving.
"Becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S. contributed to my decison to return to academic medicine," she said. "More needs to be done to communicate medicine and science to our viewers and citizens, especially in times of crisis, and with my experience in the field and on the air, that is going to be a priority for me."
Snyderman traveled to Liberia to cover the Ebola crisis last October, when a photojournalist with her crew contracted the virus. She agreed to a voluntary 21-day quarantine when she returned to the U.S., but was spotted picking up take-out food at a New Jersey restaurant within that period.
During a Dec. 3 appearance on NBC's
Despite the mea culpa, it was known inside the news division that Snyderman's relationship with the network never fully got back on track.