Massachusetts Medical Society's Physician Focus

Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care
A dozen years ago, the Institute of Medicine issued its report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, pointing out that racial and ethnic minorities receive poorer quality care than white patients. What’s causing this unequal treatment? What can physicians and patients do to improve their care? And how much progress have we made since the IOM’s landmark report?

Physician Focus is a monthly, half-hour educational talk show that brings important health and medical information from practicing physicians and health care professionals to people and patients of all ages.

Produced for public access television stations, Physician Focus is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide organization of physicians, and HCAM-TV, Hopkinton. The program is distributed each month to 195 Massachusetts public access television stations, reaching some 272 communities and an estimated 1.9 million cable households.* The program also has a national reach, available to public access stations across the U.S. via download from the transfer site, It is also available on iTunes. With statewide and national broadcasts, Physician Focus reaches an estimated 2.5 million households.

In each edition, members of the Medical Society share their knowledge and expertise in patient-friendly discussions with a physician host. The principal program host is Bruce Karlin, M.D., a primary care physician in Worcester, Mass. Other regular hosts include Mavis Jaworski, M.D., a primary care physician, James Kenealy, M.D., an otolaryngologist; Lynda Young, M.D., a pediatrician; and John Fromson, M.D., a psychiatrist. Other physicians may appear as guest hosts from time to time.

The Massachusetts Medical Society develops the content and distributes the programs to public access stations as a public service. HCAM-TV provides the studio and production facilities. The show is taped two months in advance of distribution.

Executive Producer of the show is Richard Gulla of the Medical Society’s media relations office. The program is produced by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens and directed by HCAM’s Michael Torosian. Mr. Cozzens has over 25 years experience producing programs and overseeing community access television stations, and Mr. Gulla has more than 25 years experience in public relations and communications for some of the region's largest nonprofit and media organizations. The producers welcome inquiries and comments. Write to

*Subscriber figures from Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, Cable Television Division


Oral Health
The U.S. Surgeon General’s first-ever report on oral health in America, issued in 2000, declared that oral diseases remain prevalent across the country, and that, for some populations, the lack of oral health was a “silent epidemic.” Evidence has shown that oral health and physical health are linked, and that oral complications are associated with respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. How far have we progressed since the Surgeon General’s report? What are the factors contributing to a lack of oral health? How do we improve people’s oral health? And how can physicians and dentists work together on behalf of the patient?

Emerging Infectious Diseases
The familiar ones are with us each year – West Nile virus, Easter Equine Encephalitis, Lyme disease. But outside of the U.S., unfamiliar infectious diseases like Chagus disease, dengue, Ebola, and Chikungunya virus – continue to affect millions around the world. And some are getting closer to the United States. How dangerous are these diseases? What are the biggest threats of infectious disease facing the U.S.? And how are public health officials acting to safeguard against them?
Weekly Schedule First Airing Second Airing Third Airing Fourth Airing
Physician Focus Monday, 8:30 PM Thursday, 2:00 AM Thursday, 9:30 AM Thursday, 6:30 PM