Second Opinion with Joan Lunden

Seen on public television stations across the country, the goal of Second Opinion with Joan Lunden, is to promote good health, improve doctor/patient communication and empower viewers to take charge of their own healthcare, and in turn, help them navigate the medical system for better health outcomes.

New Host Joan Lunden

Second Opinion is proud to announce Joan Lunden as the new host.  

Joan Lunden

Second Opinion Welcomes Joan Lunden

Second Opinion with Joan Lunden is a national health initiative that reaches an engaged audience through television, web, social media, and community and national outreach. The series has been helping people become healthy, stay healthy, and navigate the healthcare system since its inception in 2004. Second Opinion with Joan Lunden uses the power and the mission of noncommercial public media to educate, promote good health, improve doctor/patient communication, and empower people to take charge of their own healthcare. Second Opinion with Joan Lunden focuses on health literacy in a way that is relevant and accessible to viewers and to physicians, in a format that engages and entertains. The program and related website and social media provide trusted health information on every platform, and the weekly television program engages viewers from across the United States as they watch doctors and patients talk through a variety of health issues from high blood pressure and cancer, to mental health and racial disparities in health.


Joan speaks with Executive Producer Fiona Willis about the making of Second Opinion with Joan Lunden.

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The divide in life expency between races in America remains wide. Poverty, predjudice and life-style just begin to scratch the surface of the inequities people of color face on a daily basis in regards to health and healthcare.

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Hi Joan! I am a fan since MOTHER'S DAY on Lifetime! Thanks for the tip about Banana bread day. I've been "perfecting" my banana bread for years now... starting with the Silver Palate and Moosewood Cookbook versions. Lots of different variants in the past year including Banana bread pudding and Banana Bread oatmeal. Great to see you on Second Opinion!!

Hi Lou Papa! Thank you and Joan for such great information!

Hi Joan and Lou! Hope you’re well - It’s Julie from the anxiety episode!

Thanks Dr. Lou and Joan. Very informative.

Hi Joan - nice to see you! (from Asheville)

Look forward to our episode airing 🙂

Thank you!!!

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