Ann Curry

OF ‘CHAS­ING THE CURE’ ON TBS AND TNT

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Ontv -

When you were ap­proached about get­ting in­volved in “Chas­ing the Cure,” what was your first thought?

My ini­tial re­sponse was, “Is this some­thing where we’ll make sure not to ex­ploit peo­ple? Is this some­thing that will re­ally aim in the right di­rec­tion?” (The TBS and TNT ex­ec­u­tives) were think­ing, “This is go­ing to be great tele­vi­sion be­cause we’re go­ing to ad­dress this re­spon­si­bly and with com­pas­sion.” And you don’t hear that ev­ery day, so I was re­ally af­fected by it.

How did you go about find­ing doc­tors who are “TV-ready” to par­tic­i­pate in “Chas­ing the Cure”? Our No. 1 pri­or­ity is to find doc­tors who can help these pa­tients. The pri­or­ity list is, “Pa­tients first, sto­ries sec­ond, and every­thing else third.” And if you think about pa­tients first, you’re go­ing to go for the top-drawer doc­tors and push that re­ally high ... and we found a great list.

Then it’s, “Who are these doc­tors? How do they in­ter­act with peo­ple?” There are a lot of great doc­tors with great charisma and personalit­y who are in­quis­i­tive and can ask re­ally smart ques­tions. They’re just not doc­tors who have sought the limelight. Not all of them are nec­es­sar­ily cam­era-ready, but we have a team that is mak­ing sure that they will be com­fort­able.

What are you do­ing to en­sure the in­tegrity of the ad­vice given to pa­tients in the cases “Chas­ing the Cure” cov­ers?

One of the first hires we had on our team was a med­i­cal ethi­cist. We also have a so­cial worker, to make sure there is af­ter­care for the pa­tients. We have doc­tors be­hind the scenes who help shore up the team that’s on cam­era; in fact, they will be the gate­keep­ers on a lot of the de­ci­sions. It’s been an in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, and I think that is re­quired for this.

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