Television - Local Programs
Call the Doctor
Wednesdays at 7pm on WVIA-TV
Thursdays at 10pm on WVIA-TV
Sundays at 4pm on WVIA-TV
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For 26 years WVIA’s Call the Doctor television series was known to host doctors and other experts discussing illnesses and treatments, while taking questions from a handful of callers. While the series helped those specific callers get answers to their questions, it didn’t dig deep enough.
Over the summer of 2014, WVIA partnered with The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development at Wilkes University using their health assessment research to identify the region's critical health needs and TCMC as a primary resource for clinical research. Then, we initiated conversations with regional non-profit and for-profit partners and worked internally to present an all-new outward facing Call the Doctor for its 27th season. The number one goal for Call the Doctor is to address the critical health & wellness needs of our region, by concentrating on one topic per month. Patients and survivors will tell their personal stories; doctors and other experts will discuss the medical aspects of those emotional stories and most importantly Call the Doctor will supply all its viewers with direct contact, during the live broadcasts and after, with available local resources that can help those in needs through their difficult and sometimes isolating health journeys.
The change to Call the Doctor is a multi-year commitment by WVIA to build measurable positive outcomes in addressing the critical health & wellness needs of our region and to educate those in need that no matter the challenge, they are not alone.
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Meet the Team
Dr. Lauren Hazzouri
Dr. Lauren Hazzouri graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in psychology and statistics from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she was an Evan Pugh Scholar. She completed her Master of Arts degree in psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Marywood University, Scranton.
Currently, Dr. Hazzouri is owner and Licensed Psychologist at Hazzouri Psychology, Scranton, where she treats a full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties that occur in various settings and completes full educational and psychological test batteries. Her research interests include attachment, unhealthy relationship patterns, self esteem, and addiction interaction. In addition, Dr. Hazzouri is on the public education committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association.