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August 6, 2013

Troy doc keeps it reel with ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’ show

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

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Troy doc keeps it reel with ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’ show
Dr. Partha Nandi films his Medical Minute segments at TVS Studios in Troy July 31.

Move over, Dr. Oz. Troy gastroenterologist Dr. Partha Nandi brings his easy bedside manner to the set of his locally filmed and produced TV show, filmed in front of a live studio audience.

“Ask Dr. Nandi” airs at 1 p.m. weekdays on Comcast channels 397 and 400, Dish Network Channel 286, and on Impact Network and Diya TV, a South Asian broadcast network based in San Francisco.

He writes his own scripts, chooses his own topics, and books his own guests with the help of his wife, Kali — who is the show’s producer — and a production team, all while he continues to practice medicine full-time. His practice is based in Troy, and he currently films the TV show at TVS Studios, on Crooks.

He also films public service announcements titled “Medical Minutes” on topics of his choice.

Medical update topics included irregular heartbeats, well baby visits, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma, the effects of multiple concussions and marriage.

He’s filmed more than 100 episodes. In June, the show won a 2012 Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Michigan Chapter, in the interview/discussion category, and the Michigan Film Office has awarded the show incentives.

Nandi ends each Medical Minute segment and TV show by saying the Hindi word “namaste,” which he explained as “the light in me honors the light in you.”

One of his main messages is to be an advocate for your own health care with physicians as well as insurance companies.

He said the aim of the show is to reach and inform people about their health needs without sensationalism, and to help people eliminate intimidation and fear about health care.

On the show, he talks with real patients suffering from various conditions, then speaks with health experts, taking questions from the studio audience, as well.

Nandi was born in Calcutta, immigrated to the U.S. as a child and completed high school by age 16. He attended Ohio State University on a full scholarship, then medical school at Wayne State University. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan.

Elected homecoming king at Ohio State University, he is at ease in the spotlight, explaining medical jargon and the business of medicine in front of the cameras.

“We take a problem and develop it fully,” he said of the show format. “It’s not just a sound bite. We want patients to be empowered. We want to make a difference.”

He said he writes his own scripts because “I want to believe what I say.” 

Kali Nandi said they choose their own topics and guests for each show, and do not agree to promote products or services on the show.

“If we believe in something, you will be on the show,” she said. “We are in control of all that.”

She noted that her husband will “always practice medicine” in addition to filming the TV show.

The topics for segments filmed in July and August included stroke, elder care options, decreased sex drive, distracted driving, the science of dating, meditation, the Affordable Care Act, genetically modified foods and breast cancer. 

Kristen Wolsonowich, who markets the show, said they are determined to keep the show in Michigan.

To join the live studio audience, visit www.askdrnandi.com for upcoming filming dates. There is no cost for tickets.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.