Dr. Leigh Vinocur is a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Currently, she is serving on faculty as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana.
As an emergency physician, Dr. Vinocur says, “I don’t always get to practice preventative medicine. All too often I see patients after the fact, once they are already injured or ill. That is why I love my adjunct broadcast career so much. I look at it as a public health initiative because I can proactively help people manage their health and wellness before an emergency occurs.”
She has been a medical broadcaster for over 10 years, starting her broadcast career in 1998 as a consultant and medical reporter for Baltimore’s NBC affiliate, WBAL TV, and the NBC News Channel. She was a familiar voice on WBAL radio Monday mornings with Dave Durian. She still appears regularly on the Fox News Channel and The Dr. Oz Show. She is a health contributor and columnist for the widely read online news outlet The Huffington Post. She serves as a medical expert for numerous other national media outlets, such as CNN’s House Calls, Nancy Grace, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Inside Edition, the Fox Business Network, as well as ABC News and the CBS Early Show. She developed and hosts an Internet radio show on emergency medicine sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians. She co-hosted a mini series on alternative medicine with Dr. Kevin Soden on Comcast’s Retirement Living Network. She wrote a monthly column for The Examiner newspaper chain and still contributes articles and blogs to the Savvy Auntie website and DoctorOz.com.
Dr. Vinocur say she loves emergency medicine because, “Emergency medicine is really a microcosm of society as a whole. As an ER doctor, I treat all the medical problems and social ills we see in modern life: Problems related to obesity, smoking, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. And while the emergency room allows me to affect change only one patient at a time, when I speak on TV and radio or write about these issues, I get to affect a broader change, impacting health throughout a whole community!”
Both broadcasting and emergency medicine are more similar than different. In both disciplines she states, “You have to be ready to handle any patient or breaking news that comes through the door! Both require you to think fast on your feet, which has served me well on live TV and talk radio. And I feel fortunate to be able to use my medical expertise in this way.”
For more on Dr. Vinocur's work, visit www.drleigh.com.