Each year, Main Line Today recognize outstanding women of the Main Line and Western Suburbs who are leaders in their respective fields. This year, our host Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie has been selected as one of the 20 Main Line Today Power Women.
Read Dr. Ritchie’s write up from Main Line Today below.
When it comes to colon cancer, Dr. Marianne Ritchie has been passionate about getting the word out about the related risks, developing the Blue Lights campaign in 2014 to encourage screenings. A gastroenterologist and associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Main Line resident hosts the only all-medical radio talk show in the Philadelphia region. Ritchie is now in her third season of Your Radio Doctor on WPHT-AM. The hour-long show airs in 37 states and is also available via livestream.
A graduate St. Joseph’s University and Jefferson Medical College, Ritchie was the first woman to earn a clinical GI fellowship at the pioneering Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. At the peak of the successful career that followed, Ritchie made family a priority and took a break when her mother died suddenly and her father’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened. “Memories of last moments with my dad are the gift,” she says.
In 2012, Ritchie founded the Pink PLUS program, which bundles screenings for breast, uterine and colon cancer into one visit, so working moms don’t have to miss two days of work. “More people die each year of colon cancer than breast cancer, but people don’t know it,” she says. “What you don’t know in healthcare can kill you.”
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