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


Rochester, New York (March 3, 2010) – 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 “HIV in Middle Age” episode and “H1N1 Special Edition” episode garnered the awards.

“HIV in Middle Age” discussed how sexually transmitted diseases are not only a problem in the young population. Diseases such as HIV are rising at alarming rates in the middle age and elderly. The episode addressed the social, medical, physical, and cultural factors that contribute to this trend. The panel included: Amneris E. Luque, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the AIDS Center at University of Rochester Medical Center; Amy C. Justice, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, VA Chief, Section of General Medicine; Louis Papa, MD, Primary Care Physician, Partner, Olsan Medical Group, Strong Health; Jane Pecinovsky Fowler, Founder/Director HIV Wisdom for Older Women, Kansas City, KS; and Jennifer Hillman, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus.

“H1N1 Special Edition” featured a panel of national experts along with a studio audience that had the chance to ask questions about H1N1 and seasonal flu. The panel included: Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CDC; Mark Shelly, MD, Epidemiologist, Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center; Richard Barbano, MD, Chief of Neurology, Rochester General Hospital; Lisa Harris, MD, Primary Care Physician, Temple Medical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Janet Corson-Rikert, MD, Executive Director, Gannett Health Services, Cornell University; and Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission.

Produced by WXXI, the University of Rochester and West 175 Productions, Second Opinion’s executive producers areElissa Orlando and Elizabeth Brock. Fiona Willis is the series producer. Dr. Roger, Oskvig, University of Rochester Medical Center, is Second Opinion's chief medical advisor. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association nationally underwrites the series. Second Opinion airs Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country.

Since Second Opinion launched in 2005, it has garnered a total of seven Telly awards. 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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