WXXI Receives a Daytime Emmy Nominations For Its National Healthcare Series "Second Opinion"

Release Date: 
Thu, 03/24/2016

WXXI Receives a Daytime Emmy Nomination For Its National Healthcare Series Second Opinion

(Rochester, New York) March 24, 2016 – WXXI’s national healthcare series Second Opinion and its host Dr. Peter Salgo have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy® Award in the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host category. Dr. Salgo has been host of public television’s only regularly scheduled health series since 2003. Second Opinion is produced by WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and West 175 Productions.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our Second Opinion team and our host Dr. Peter Salgo for receiving a nomination for one of the most prestigious awards in the entire television industry,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI. “We hope the entire Rochester community shares in our pride for this recognition, especially our local partners at the University of Rochester Medical Center.”

Other nominees in the category include: Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show Larry King of Larry King Now, Steve Harvey of Steve Harvey, and The Chew co-hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon.

“Peter has been an integral part of Second Opinion from the very first episode,” said Elissa Orlando, Senior Vice President of TV and News, and Executive Producer of Second Opinion. “As a practicing physician, Peter is actually more than a host. He is a caring and conscientious doctor, who uses media to help people take charge of their health. We could not be more proud of Peter, or of the producers and doctors who work on Second Opinion.”

Dr. Salgo is a practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Specializing in intensive care medicine, the pre- and post-operative treatment of heart patients, heart transplant recipients, and artificial heart candidates, he maintains a full-time practice in Intensive Care Medicine in the Surgical ICU's at Columbia. He is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. Salgo is an Emmy Award-winning health and science correspondent. For more than two decades, he was the Health and Science Correspondent for CBS affiliate WCBS-TV in New York. He anchored the CBS Radio’s Healthtalk, CNBC’s America’s Vital Signs, and the syndicated broadcast Healthcare 2000. He covered the war against heart disease, the dawning of the age of AIDS, the deciphering of the human genome, and the development of Retin-A. He pioneered the concept of investigative medical journalism, exposing the terrible working conditions at Pym Thermometer Company in Brooklyn.

Second Opinion, now in its 13th season, presents intriguing, real-life medical cases to specialists, who grapple with diagnosis and treatment options to give viewers the most up-to-date, accurate medical information. Each week, Dr. Peter Salgo engages a panel of medical professionals and patients in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Second Opinion airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD (DT21.2), and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country. To learn more, visit: secondopinion-tv.org.

Second Opinion’s executive producers are Elissa Orlando, Elizabeth Brock, and Fiona Willis. The series is distributed by American Public Television and is made possible with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). 

This Daytime Emmy nomination comes on the heels of WXXI’s four New York Emmys® Awards that the station received on March 19, 2016. The ceremony for The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1, 2016.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.