WXXI Award Honors Roger M. Oskvig for Commitment to ‘Second Opinion’

Jul. 4, 2011

Geriatrician Roger M. Oskvig, M.D. , associate professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was recognized with the inaugural WXXI President’s Award at a special celebration at WXXI studios. WXXI presented the award to Oskvig following the production of the 100th episode of “Second Opinion,” the national health series produced by the local PBS station.

The WXXI President’s Award is given to a community partner who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration toward the WXXI mission, makes a contribution to WXXI programming, and demonstrates exceptional commitment, creativity and leadership.

“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. The series airs weekly in Rochester and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country.

As medical producer of “Second Opinion,” Oskvig identifies and researches every case presented on the series. Additionally, he provides educational content and medical oversight. He assists in booking panelists, reviews scripts and provides input from the control room during the recording of the episodes. He advises panelists on what to expect during the tapings, helps producers with briefings, and provides medical expertise for every aspect of the show.

“It is because of his medical expertise that ‘Second Opinion’ stands apart from all other medical shows on television or online,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein as he presented the award to Oskvig in front of more than 50 members of the production crew, staff and panelists. “Dr. Oskvig ensures our credibility and inspires physicians around the country to become involved in the program.”

Oskvig has been an attending physician at URMC since 1989 and medical director of URMC’s Alternate Level Care Unit since 1993. He also is chair of the New York State Board for Medicine, a commissioner of ARC-PA , and a member of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.