Dr. Brian McDonough

McDonough_Brian StFrancisHosp 175xDr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more than a quarter-century (since 1987)!

Brian McDonough has been honored as Family Physician of the Year by the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, and is a Sir William Osler Award winner for his role in medical student and resident education at both Temple and St. Francis.

He has been given awards of recognition by the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association for his work as a physician.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  He is on advisory committees for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

He has earned the Walter Alvarez Award for medical writing and the Jules Bergman Award for medical reporting.

Dr. McDonough is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, which he earned over a twenty-five year career in television, including work at Fox television and NBC.

He also serves as clinical professor of family medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, his alma mater, and chairman of the family medicine department at St. Francis Hospital, where he also serves as chief medical information officer (CMIO).

In addition, Dr. McDonough is a member of the board of directors of St. Francis.

Dr. McDonough is in demand as a speaker for both health-related issues and his knowledge of the use of electronic medical records to enhance patient care.

Researchers Examine Link Between GI Tract Bacteria, Our Overall Health

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the most interesting areas of research in healthcare is examining the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, or GI tract, and the impact it has on our overall health. The latest information that has been released comes […]


Cholesterol And Alzheimer’s

What about the relationship between cholesterol and Alzheimer’s dementia?


Continuing To Fight The Opioid Epidemic

There are steps we could be making right now that would make a big difference.



Another Reason To Eat A Healthy Diet

An overall healthy diet has been linked to a lower risk of hip fractures.


Childhood Obesity Growing In United States

According to a report in the journal Pediatrics, the childhood obesity rate has risen in the United States between 2014 and 2016 by almost five percent.


Using Virtual Reality To Treat Dementia

It was called “The Way Back Project” and it used a mobile device to re-create the queen’s coronation in 1953.


Study: Learning More About PTSD From Mass Shootings

A study in the Journal Neurology took a look at adolescent survivors of a mass shooting at a Norwegian summer camp that left 69 dead and 33 wounded.


Getting Kids To Eat Healthier

Getting school children to eat healthy foods might not be as hard as we think.


The Danger Of Poor Communication In Medicine

In medicine, we call it non-compliance. That’s just another big medical word that gets in the way of communicating information.


Poor Nutrition In Underdeveloped Countries

According to the World Health Organization, poor nutrition contributes to more than 50% of deaths worldwide.


Medication And Pregnancy

I have an important warning for women who are of childbearing age.


Cancer And Race

Cancer is evil and it is not politically correct. In other words, it discriminates one race against another.



Tracking Heart Disease In Women

Heart disease is on the rise in women and there are several things we can clearly associate with this problem.


Finding The Link Between Smoking And Drinking

There is a new study in the journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry Edition that takes a look at something that makes a great deal of sense.


Controlling Diabetes With Gastric Bypass Surgery

There is yet another study talking about the importance of gastric bypass surgery in helping reduce the rate of diabetes in those were obese.


The Danger Of Energy Drinks

The Canadian legislation is looking at prohibiting energy drinks from being marketed to children.


How Celebrity Health Can Impact Our Own

Our fascination with celebrities allows physician educators to use these unfortunate incidents to help others.


Midwives Gaining In Popularity In United States

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health is a major source of information for nurse midwives here in United States.


Self-Inflicted Injuries On The Rise In Teens And Young Adults

There is no doubt that our teens and young adults are under greater pressure now than perhaps they have been in decades.


Reducing Your Risk For Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a very serious cardiac issue.


Be Wary Of Online Doctor Reviews

Don’t look now, but doctors are beginning to realize the ways they can build their online reputation.


Location And Obesity

The more we study obesity and health issues, the more we are learning that where you live can have a direct impact on how you look at how you feel.


Avoiding Joint Pain With Exercise

If you want to avoid joint problems as you get older, it might make sense to exercise more when you’re younger.


Unconventional Treatment For Depression And Bipolar Disorder

Depression and bipolar disorder are two very serious mental health issues in this country.


Importance Of Medicare For Elderly Patients

There is no doubt that Medicare provides tremendous benefits to the elderly.


Preparing For Patient Safety In Hospitals

It is a sad reality that many hospitals have to prepare for potential shootings which could be directed at physician’s nurses and patients.


University Study Uses MRI To Track How Toddlers Learn

There have been many studies about toddlers and learning over the years and some of the most interesting has been from Vanderbilt University.


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Is Your Teen Taking Risks With Their Food Allergies?

Teenagers are known to be risk-takers and in some cases they think they are immortal.


Information Overload: Understanding Your Medications Better

Each year the FDA gets about 100 new drug applications, and there are usually about 100 new drugs or expanded usages for them.


Good News In Battle Against Obesity

It appears that the message to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages may be getting through.


Advances In Genetic Research

Some of the greatest advances in the past 10 years have to do with genetic research.


Living With Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can have a dramatic impact on people’s vision.


Treating Strokes With Virtual Reality

It is a major medical tenet that when a person suffers a stroke there needs to be immediate care.


The Emotional Toll Of Cancer

There is no doubt that the diagnosis of cancer can be one that is emotionally disturbing.


Diagnosing High Blood Pressure In Children

This is a concerning statistic: 85 percent of children who have high blood pressure are not diagnosed.


Have A Happy, Healthy, Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and this is a great opportunity for families to get together throughout the United States.


The Advantages Of Breast Feeding

There are many advantages to breast-feeding and they have been well publicized


Study: Stress Linked To Increased Risk Of Diabetes

According to a new report from Scandinavia, stress not only has short term health issues but long-term health issues as well.



A Veggie A Day Keeps Heart Failure Away

Heart failure is one of the most serious health problems facing Americans in 2017.


The Theories Behind Psoriasis

When it comes to the skin condition psoriasis and its causes, scientists have taken two views on what triggers it.


The Effect Of Weekends And Holidays On Hospitals

This is definitely a study that many hospitals are not real excited about, but it is an important one to share.


Pregnancy, Age, And Heart Disease

There is a new report in the journal of the American Heart Association which takes a very interesting look at the age when a woman gives birth and the relationship to heart disease years later.


What ‘All Natural’ Really Means

When you buy food products, one of the most common phrases that the consumer sees is “all natural.”


Social Media’s Impact On Childhood Vaccination

One of the most important roles for the pediatrician or family physician in the early years of the child’s life is to provide the children with vaccines on a timely basis.


Are We Wasting Livers By Not Splitting Them?

They are called split livers. In the United Kingdom, split livers are used for transplants.


The Dos And Don’ts Of Halloween

One of the highlights of the year for many children is trick or treating and grabbing as much loot as they can.


E-Cigarettes And Cigarettes, How Do They Compare?

There is some concern about electronic cigarettes.


Overeating Vs. Overworking On The Weekends

We talk a great deal about “weekend warriors.”


The Dangers Of Glaucoma

The medical term is glaucoma, but many people think of it as high blood pressure in the eye.


Fatty Liver And How To Avoid It

Fatty Liver is a condition in which a person gets exactly that, they get a buildup of excess fat in the liver.