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'The Doctors' celebrate 1,000th episode with look at lives they helped

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On Tuesday, April 29, the Emmy-winning series "The Doctors" will commemorate its 1000th episode on by taking an emotional look at many of the people whose lives were helped, both on the show and from viewers at home who offer incredible stories of how watching the program saved their life, or the life of a loved one.

In Nashville, the show airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WKRN-TV 2. For other markets, please click here.

According to an April 25 email from the show's PR camp, the syndicated daytime-TV show's stories include a woman who saved her husband when he went into cardiac arrest by remembering a segment on how to do compressions to the tune of “Staying Alive;” a mother who credits the show for helping her detect appendicitis in her 11-year-old son so she could get him to a hospital before it burst; a man who became convinced to have his first colonoscopy at age 70, where they discovered he had thousands of polyps that would have killed him, if they weren’t removed; and a 38-year-old woman who learned how do a self-check for breast cancer and discovered a lump that was cancerous.

“As a doctor, it’s incredibly rewarding to have a positive impact on the lives of both our guests and our viewers,” said Dr. Travis Stork, who has co-hosted the show through all six seasons.“I am also continually inspired by the bravery of people who face difficult medical challenges in life, yet approach their circumstances with endless optimism.”

Two of the most unforgettable stories in the six-year history of the show, which debuted Sept. 8, 2008, will also be revisited, with an in-studio visit from face transplant recipient Carmen Tarleton, a woman whose face was burned beyond recognition in 2011 in a brutal attack by her ex-husband.

The show also will look back at their time (doing emergency medicine) in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010, including a phone call from the head of the orphanage where "The Doctors'’ co-hosts saved many lives. The milestone program also will brings back some memorable guests who learn how they inspired others by sharing their own difficult stories; plus, Dr. Stork will share a personal revelation about his least-favorite body part.

“Since the show’s debut in 2008, we’ve provided our viewers with the gold standard in health and wellness information,” remarked Jay McGraw, creator and executive producer. “Now 1,000 episodes later, we are still achieving our core mission and empowering people to make positive, informed decisions when it comes to their health.

"We’re grateful that this show has had a life-altering impact on the thousands of guests who’ve appeared on the show, as well as countless viewers who have benefitted from the information we provide.”

About 'The Doctors'

"The Doctors," which won an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show/Informative in 2010, is a daily, nationally syndicated series airing in 200-plus markets. It features Travis Stork, M.D., Andrew P. Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., James M. Sears, M.D., and recurring co-hosts Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Jennifer Berman, M.D., Rachael Ross, M.D., PhD. and Ian K. Smith, M.D.

"The Doctors" offers viewers a reliable source of fascinating health and wellness advice, according to its creators. Taped in front of an audience in Hollywood, the show is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano, Jeff Hudson and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.

  • Video bonus: To see "The Doctors'" Dr. Drew Ordon talk about his work in Haiti, please access the video embedded with this post.
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