Second Opinion

(Rochester, NY) – How do you handle the loss of a job or the death of a loved one? Second Opinion: Taking Charge of Your Healthcare explores the natural process of grieving as part of its new season of honest, in-depth discussions. The new season premieres Friday, October 5 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD with an episode that takes a closer look at loss and grief. Rochester’s own Terry Congdon joins the panel to share how he coped with the loss of his teenage daughter Hannah, who was killed in a car accident with four of her best friends. Other episodes this season address geriatric oncology, foot pain, foodborne illness, breast cancer in young women, conversion disorder, Lyme disease, shingles, ALS, IBS, the future of cancer treatment, and angina.

Dr. Peter Salgo, a full-time medical practitioner, introduces people and their intriguing real-life medical cases to a panel of specialists, who give viewers the most up-to-date information and treatment options. Produced in partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center and West 175 Productions, the weekly series airs Fridays at 10 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country.

During the taping of six of the episodes, the producers hosted live Twitter events. Twitter followers were able to watch the taping live, send in questions to the panelists on the show, and interact with medical advisors who were watching the taping. Some of those questions people sent in via Twitter are featured in the episodes.

In addition to the weekly broadcast, Second Opinion engages and educates viewers online through a comprehensive web site at The site includes full episodes of recent seasons, short companion "webisodes" on many past episodes, plus in-depth background on more than 100 diseases and conditions. Second Opinion also sends out program highlights via Facebook and Twitter.

Second Opinion’s executive producers are Elissa Orlando and Elizabeth Brock. Fiona Willis is the series producer. Second Opinion is endorsed by both the American Hospital Association and the Association of Academic Health Centers. The series’ principal medical advisor is Dr. Roger Oskvig, an acknowledged leader in Gerontology and associate professor of medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center, and the inaugural recipient of the 2011 WXXI President’s Award. The series has earned seven Communicator Awards, eight Bronze Telly Awards, a Silver Telly Award, a Gold Award from the World Wide Web Health Awards for Patient Education Information, and a Gold Aurora Award. The series is distributed by American Public Television.

Second Opinion is made possible in part by support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which has sponsored the series since 2004.



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