For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (March 23, 2009) – WXXI’s national health care series, Second Opinion, brought home two Bronze Telly Awards in the health and fitness TV program category. The Telly Awards Competition recognizes excellence in local, regional, and cable TV programs and commercials, as well as video and film productions.

Hosted by Dr. Peter Salgo, Second Opinion presents actual medical cases to a panel of experts to debate the pros and cons of diagnostic testing, interpret test results, and prescribe the best course of action. Its “Vaccines” episode and “Men’s Health: Why Men Die Younger” episode garnered the awards.

The “Vaccines” episode discussed vaccine policy and the balance between personal rights and individual and societal protection. Panelists included: Lisa Harris, MD, Primary Care Physician, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics,University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC); Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MAEd, Social Worker; Sybil Carlson, Advocate for better vaccination research; Mark Shelly, MD, Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Highland Hospital; Robert Sears, MD, Pediatrician and Author of  "The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child”; and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases CDC and Assistant Surgeon General.

The “Men’s Health: Why Men Die Younger” episode took an in-depth look into why men die at a younger age than women. Panelists included: Louis Papa, MD, Primary Care Physician and Partner, Olsan Medical Group, Strong Health; Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MAEd, Social Worker; Royda Crose, PhD, Author of  "Why Women Live Longer Than Men...and What Men Can Learn From Them”; Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center; Ganesh Palapattu, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Surgeon-Scientist, URMC; and John Keston, Actor, Tenor, World Ranked Master Runner, and Retired Professor.

Produced by WXXI in association with West 175 Productions and URMC, Second Opinion’s executive producers are Fiona Willis and Elizabeth Brock. BlueCross BlueShield Association nationally underwrites the series. Second Opinion airs Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country.

Entering its 30th year, the Annual Telly Awards receives over 10,000 entries per year. With a highly esteemed reputation, the Telly Awards are internationally recognized for showcasing the best advertisement and entertainment production in the world.

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