What's Up, Doc? is a weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each week they highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 30 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

Our guest on this week's show was Dr. Panav Jha and he was one of our favorite guests on What's Up, Doc? Dr. Jha has a fascinating backstory. He was born in Canada, his family moved to the Cayman Islands shortly after and he became one of the top junior tennis players in the country before playing Division I tennis at the University of Kentucky. (I thought he initially said he went to Western Kentucky in the interview, which is why I referred to him as a "Hilltopper" instead of a Wildcat. My apologies.)

Anyway, Dr. Jha's journey has lead him to Rockford where he now practices family medicine with Mercyhealth. Dr. Jha talked about the benefits of seeing multiple generations of one family to provide even better care for his patients.

Dr. Jha also talked to us about taking over basic OB/GYN duties for pregnant patients and provide pediatric care for the new generation. This is not common in most family practices and Mercyhealth believes this will foster even closer doctor/patient bonds.

We thank Dr. Jha for his time on today's show and look forward to next week's guest on What's Up, Doc?

A new episode of What's Up, Doc? airs every Thursday morning at 8:35 on 1440 WROK.

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