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Our Host

Marianne T. Ritchie, MD

Marianne T. Ritchie, MD is a practicing Gastroenterologist with Jefferson University Hospital. Her career spans three decades. She trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the world’s oldest and foremost all-cancer hospital. After time in New York, Dr. Ritchie returned home to practice at the Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood and was later a faculty member at Temple University Hospital.

Dr. Ritchie was one of the first female gastroenterologists practicing in the Philadelphia area. She has been a leading advocate for over thirty years. Ritchie developed the PINK PLUS triple cancer screening program for women, and she also launched the BLUE LIGHTS CAMPAIGN for Colon Cancer Awareness.

Dr. Ritchie is also featured as the Medical Contributor on Women to Watch Media®, a weekly talk show on WPHT which highlights stories of women leaders from around the world.

Marianne is married to Dr. Stuart Gordon. They have three children and are avid dog lovers. Dr. Ritchie is also a member of national and international medical societies, a board member of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and a recognized author and public speaker.

Publications

Dr. Ritchie is a monthly contributor for the The PhillyVoice. Check out her latest articles below!

SITTITHAT TANGWITTHAYAPHUM/ISTOCK.COM

How to Avoid a Hip Fracture

A Q&A with Dr. Scot A. Brown, Assistant Professor of Surgery Division Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

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Tips For Safe Eating & Drinking During The Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly — late November thru January —from the big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving to the brunch that opens the new year…with holiday parties at the office and celebrations with family and friends in between, that’s a lot of eating and drinking.

Though this year’s restrictions will lead to smaller gatherings, it’s still a good time to discuss tips for safe eating and drinking during the holidays.

Our most recent guest on “Your Radio Doctor” was Registered Dietician and Director of Clinical Dietetics for Jefferson Gastroenterology and Hepatology Emily Rubin, who offered listeners some great suggestions.

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An Update On Pancreatic Cancer

When the media focuses on high profile cases — like those of Alex Trabek, Steve Jobs, or Aretha Franklin — it may seem like rates of this disease are growing. However, despite a small, but steady, increase (about 0.5% per year for the last 10 years in the US), it is still a relatively rare cancer. About 12 in 100,000 people will develop cancer of the pancreas. Compare this to colorectal cancer, which occurs in about 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women.

What is true is that pancreatic cancer has recently moved from ranking as the fourth leading cause of cancer death to the third spot, surpassing breast and prostate cancer. It’s expected to become the second leading cause of cancer death within the next 10 years. This is in large part due to increased screening for these more common cancers as well as improved treatments.

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Music & Medicine

The fascinating science behind using music as medical therapy.

It’s been said that music fills the gaps left by language. It sets the mood. When you watch a movie, the dark minor chords prepare you for the shark to surge out of the water. Sweet violins drift into that first kiss, a soft lullaby sends the baby adrift on a cloud, and we all cheer when trumpets announce that our favorite underdog Rocky Balboa has conquered the steps of the Art Museum.

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What's to Wh"EAT?"

September 13th was National Celiac Day, so I devoted the entire hour of “Your Radio Doctor” to talking about celiac disease and the gluten-free (GF) diet.

There is so much confusion around this topic. First, what is gluten? It’s a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. So, if you have celiac disease and you eat food which contains gluten, it causes an inflammatory reaction which can damage the lining of your small intestine.

Why is that important? Because your small intestine is your “sponge.” It’s the part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract where you absorb all the good nutrition to stay healthy and alive! Damage can lead to malabsorption or difficulty absorbing important nutrients.