Updated Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Awareness Initiative [transcript][audio]

Guests: Dr. Ellen Ritchie,  Finola Hughes, & “David”

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guests Bio:  

Ellen K. Ritchie, MD is the assistant professor of medicine and a member of the Leukemia Program at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Ritchie graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University and received her medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital on the Columbia campus.

Finola Hughes, who plays Anna Devane on ABC’s General Hospital, was born in London, England, studied and graduated from The Arts Educational School, London. Danced with the Northern Ballet Company and in 1981 originated the role of Victoria the White Catin the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. Joined the stage production of  Webber’s “Song and Dance” in 1982.  Starred with John Travolta in “Stayin’  Alive” in 1983 and in 1984, joined the cast on “General Hospital” and won a Daytime Emmy award in 1991.

David is a fitness enthusiast joining marathons and long distance biking. David’s life was forever changed as a result of a biking accident on February 16th of 2016. He broke his femur into half, and was rushed to the emergency room for surgery. Bewildered at David’s extremely high red blood cell count, the orthopedic surgeon asked David in the recovery room if he was taking performance enhancing drugs, and later suggested he see a primary care physician. David followed suit and saw his family care physician, followed by an oncologist, where it was confirmed that he had polycythemia vera (PV).

Segment overview: Here to bring us up to date on her many projects is actor Finola Hughes, along with Dr. Ellen Ritchie, Associate Professor or Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College to discuss Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) during Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and David, who lives with this rare blood disease.

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