Massachusetts Medical Society's Physician Focus

Mindfulness and the Mind-Body Connection
In recent years, research into mind-body medicine has shown that psychological factors, such as our mental, emotional, and social states, can affect our physical health. Proponents of mind-body medicine say the practice of mindfulness can help improve health and be useful in managing illnesses chronic illnesses such as heart disease or arthritis. How do psychological factors affect our physical health? Just what is mindfulness and the mind-body connection? And how can using this approach improve our overall health?
Physician Focus is a monthly, half-hour, educational talk show that brings important health and medical information on timely topics from practicing physicians and health care professionals to people and patients of all ages. 2015 marks the eleventh consecutive year of production, and since the first program appeared in 2004, more than 130 programs have been produced on a variety of personal and public health subjects.

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 to some 275 communities in Massachusetts, reaching an estimated 1.9 million cable households in the state.*

The program has a national reach, via the website, where public access stations across the U.S. can download the program for broadcast on their stations. And the program has a multiple online presence, available on YouTube, the website of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and here on its principal website,, hosted by HCAM-TV. With statewide and national distribution, 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. Bruce Karlin, M.D., a primary care physician in Worcester, Mass., is the principal host for the program, with several physicians also serving as moderators.

The Massachusetts Medical Society selects and develops the content and distributes the programs to public access stations as a public service. HCAM-TV provides the studio and production facilities and technical expertise for production. The show is taped at least one month in advance of distribution.

Executive Producer of the show is Richard Gulla of the Medical Society’s media relations office. Mr. Gulla has more than 30 years of experience in communications and public relations for some of the region's largest nonprofit and media organizations. The program is produced by HCAM’s Station Manager Jim Cozzens, who has over 30 years of experience producing television programs and overseeing community access television stations. It is directed and edited by HCAM’s Mike Torosian. Comments and inquiries about programming are welcome. Write to

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


Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., after lung cancer. The disease affects both men and women, and is most often found in people 50 years of age and older. Screening for this disease saves lives, but one in three adults – some 23 million people – between 50 and 75 -- is not getting tested as recommended. What are the causes of colon cancer? How is the disease treated? Why do so many avoid testing? And what are the best screening tests?

Men’s Top Health Risks: And What to Do About Them
When it comes to individual health, men fare far worse than women: Men are twice as likely to die of heart disease, more prone to be killed or injured in accidents, and more likely to suffer from drug or alcohol addictions. What causes men to do so poorly as compared to women? What are the main health risks that men face? And what should men do to reduce those risks?

Crisis in the Commonwealth: The Epidemic of Opioid Abuse
The epidemic of opioid and prescription drug abuse and misuse continues to affect individuals and families across the Commonwealth, regardless of location, economic status, or age. In 2014, the state saw 1,089 confirmed cases of fatal opioid overdoses, a 63 percent increase over 2012 and a 20 percent jump over 2013. In the last five years, nearly 3,800 have died from overdoses, and in the last ten years, more than 6,700. This edition of Physician Focus will examine the factors that lead to opioid abuse, the effects the epidemic is having on residents of Massachusetts, what is currently being done - and what additional efforts might be undertaken - to curb the abuse.

Common Skin Disorders
Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it can be subjected to multiple disorders. Conditions such as acne, eczema, impetigo, psoriasis, rosacea, and melanoma affect millions of people. What are the most common skin disorders? What causes such conditions? What preventive steps can patients take to avoid these conditions? And how dangerous are they to overall health?

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Physician Focus Monday, 8:30 PM Thursday, 2:00 AM Thursday, 9:30 AM Thursday, 6:30 PM