Ralph talks to hernia surgeon, Dr. Robert Bendavid and whistleblower journalist, Jane Akre about all of the problems arising from the use of surgical mesh. Plus, Ralph answers listener questions!
Dr. Robert Bendavid is a leading hernia surgeon and past president and a founding father of the American Hernia Society. Dr. Bendavid has performed thousands of procedures and is presently associated with the Shouldice Hospital in Toronto.
Jane Akre is the founder and editor of the Mesh Medical Device News Desk . She has been a journalist for nearly 30 years working as a broadcaster, anchor and reporter at stations all around the country as well as CNN. Ms. Akre has won numerous awards including the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Ethics as well as the Goldman Prize, North America 2001 for environmental reporting. She and her husband successfully challenged News Corp after it tried to suppress a story about synthetic bovine growth hormone produced by Monsanto and used in much of the nation’s dairy supply. That whistleblowing lawsuit was featured in the documentary, “The Corporation.”