Second Opinion, Season 16

(Rochester, NY) – The importance of being an advocate for your own health care is what WXXI’s Emmy-nominated national health care series, Second Opinion, is all about. Kicking off its 16th season Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, each episode features a patient who tells his/her own story about diagnosis and treatment with primary care physicians and specialists discussing the case with the patient in a way never-before-seen on television. Season 16 takes a deep dive into ten topics including depression, childhood vaccines, hypothyroidism, and addiction. Featuring field production, a live studio audience, and passionate panel discussions, Second Opinion is a trusted and accurate source for medical information.

Second Opinion’s premiere episode, airing October 3rd, features actress Marilu Henner and her husband Michael Brown, who shares their personal story when about Michael's struggle with bladder cancer. While bladder cancer is a cancer not talked about as much as others, the chance men will develop it during their life is about 1 in 27. Marilu is now an advocate for bladder cancer awareness and author of Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer

Also featured in season 16 is Matt Iseman, host of American Ninja Warrior, who is living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The chronic inflammatory disorder is caused when the immune system is not working properly. RA affects organs as well as joints, and can be debilitating if not treated properly. Fortunately, there are good treatments that can halt the destruction to the body. Second Opinion: Rheumatoid Arthritis airs Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Produced by WXXI, in partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center and West 175 Productions, Second Opinion is the only regularly scheduled medical program on public television. In each half-hour episode, the host engages a panel of medical professionals and lay people in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Intriguing, real-life medical cases are presented to professionals from different medical specialties from all over the country. The experts grapple with diagnosis and treatment options to give viewers access to accurate medical information and an understanding of complex health issues.

The series hosts a comprehensive web site,, where visitors can watch full episodes of the series and access medical information through searchable video, resources, and transcripts. Viewers can follow Second Opinion on Twitter at: @SecondOpinionTV and on Facebook at:

Second Opinion, a national multimedia health initiative that reaches an engaged audience through television, web, social media, and community and national outreach, is an Emmy Award-nominated public television series. Launched in 2004, the goal of the national health care series is to promote good health, improve doctor/patient communication and empower viewers to take charge of their own healthcare, and in turn, help them navigate the medical system for better health outcomes. Second Opinion’s executive producers are Elissa Orlando, Elizabeth Brock, and Fiona Willis. The series is distributed by American Public Television (APT) and is made possible with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). 

Photo: (L-R) Marilu Henner, Best-Selling Author; Michael Brown of Brown-Trout Publishers; Louis J. Papa, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center; Armine K. Smith, MD. Asst. Professor of Urology, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Credit: Ron Reilley



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