My thanks to reader Shirley Cooper for tipping me off to some great TV news with a region name attached.
"If you haven't heard, Dr. Rachael Ross, of Gary, is now an official co-host of the television show 'The Doctors,' " Cooper wrote to me.
"After numerous guest appearances, she is now a regular on the syndicated series, which airs on Chicago's WCIU at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. She grew up in the Gary area, and practices medicine here in Gary, as did her sister, the late Dr. Rebekkah Ross who hosted 'Girl Talk' for about five years, the program at their clinic to help neighborhood young girls become successful young women."
Thank you for your email Shirley and sharing this great news with Times readers. "The Doctors" airs daily in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Finland and has enjoyed ratings success since it debuted on Sept. 8, 2008. This hour-long daytime program is produced by Phil McGraw and his son Jay McGraw and is distributed domestically and globally by CBS Television Distribution. It launched as a spin-off of "Dr. Phil," and ranks as the first talk show to be a "third generation talk show spin-off," because Dr. Phil's show spun-off from "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
The series' sixth season just premiered last week on Sept. 9. And because series regular Dr. Lisa Masterson did not return for this season, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross are now permanent hosts.
As for more details on our Northwest Indiana medicine claim-to-fame, here's what the show's offical biography is for Ross:
"Dr. Rachael Ross is a recurring co-host on the Emmy Award-winning talk show, 'The Doctors, 'and a practicing board-certified family medicine physician and sexologist whose engaging manner and frankness has garnered comparisons to Dr. Ruth Westheimer. A pioneer of groundbreaking discussions about relationships, sex, health, abstinence HIV/AIDS prevention and comprehensive sex education for teenagers, Dr. Rachael has spread her message to audiences across the U.S. on television, social media and numerous publications. For Dr. Rachael, practicing medicine is something of a family business. She continues to practice in her hometown of Gary, Ind. with her father, Dr. David Ross, and her brother, Dr. Nathaniel Ross, while mom Ruthie serves as office manager. Dr. Rachael's sister, Rebekkah Ross, was also a physician and part of the Ross Family Doctors' practice until she passed away from complications related to sickle cell anemia in 2011.
In 2012, Dr. Rachael received Northwest Indiana's prestigious Athena International Service Award for the work she started in 2004 with her sister Dr. Rebekkah, mentoring girls in their hometown. The duo's philanthropy has also been recognized by the National Council of Negro Women.
She's the author of "Down Right Feel Right – Outercourse: For Her & For Him," designed to help couples develop greater intimacy. Dr. Rachael earned her M.D. from Meharry Medical College and her Ph.D. from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, along with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she studied anthropology. She now lives in Chicago, and in her free time, refurbishes furniture, dabbles in interior design, maintains her medical practice in Gary."