Michael A. Ruchim MD & Eddie Olczyk: March 16, 2021


*** March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month ***


Michael A. Ruchim, MD

Gastroenterology Specialist – Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center – Chicago, IL

Eddie Olczyk

Former NHL All-Star / RSN Analyst for The Chicago Blackhawks


According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States (excluding skin cancers). In 2021, it is estimated there will be 104,270 new cases of colon cancer and 45,230 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the US.


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month which is a time to remind Americans of the importance of screening and early detection as well as the strides being made in cancer research. The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center has developed a leading, comprehensive colonoscopy Quality Improvement program focused on improving screening rates and ensuring that all patients who undergo screening colonoscopy get the highest quality care.  Implementation of this program has significantly reduced the incidence of colon cancer.


On March 16, Dr. Michael Ruchim, a colorectal cancer expert, will be available to discuss the importance of regular screening, what the signs and symptoms may be and strides made in treatments.  Dr. Ruchim is joined by his  patient, former NHL All-Star Eddie Olczyk who can share his personal journey with listeners.


For more information please visit www.nm.org/DHC


More About Dr. Michael Ruchim:

Dr. Michael Ruchim, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.  He was most recently honored with a fellowship in his name aimed to enable research and patient care breakthroughs in the gastroenterology field. Northwestern Medicine is pleased to create the Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Fellowship in Gastroenterology to celebrate his esteemed career and to ensure the highest quality GI care is available for patients for years to come.  A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Ruchim has over 42 years of experience in the medical field.


More About Eddie Olczyk:

Eddie Olczyk was the third overall pick of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks and enjoyed a 16-year professional career. A member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, Olczyk’s career was split between six teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks (1984-1987, 1998-2000), Toronto Maple Leafs (1987-1991), Winnipeg Jets (1991-1992, 1995-96), New York Rangers (1992-1995), Los Angeles Kings (1996) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1996-1998). All total, he notched 342 goals and 452 assists for 794 points in 1,031 games. Additionally, Olczyk represented the U.S. nine times on the international stage during his career, including as a member of Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, as a 17-year-old, where he skated on the famed “Diaper Line.” He also helped Team USA to a second-place finish in the 1991 Canada Cup. A native of Palos Heights, Ill., Olczyk is the current lead game analyst for NHL on NBC and NHL on NBC Sports Network. Olczyk was also heard during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, including the gold-medal men’s ice hockey contest, which was the most-watched hockey game in America in 30 years. Olczyk, who spent parts of two seasons behind the bench as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003-05, presently serves as the game analyst for Chicago Blackhawks television broadcasts.


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