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The Marathon Doctor

Good morning from the Today Show Green Room. As Liz mentioned earlier, I am the second half of the morning blog team, taking you inside Studio 1A every day.I was just talking to Dr. Ilana Cass, who is a gynecological oncologist from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Dr. Cass is the medical expert for one of our segments this morning. Due to some last-minute complications, our chief medical editor Dr. N

Good morning from the Today Show Green Room. As Liz mentioned earlier, I am the second half of the morning blog team, taking you inside Studio 1A every day.

I was just talking to Dr. Ilana Cass, who is a gynecological oncologist from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Dr. Cass is the medical expert for one of our segments this morning. Due to some last-minute complications, our chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was unable to be in the segment. So at 8pm on Saturday night, Antoinette, who produced this segment, had to find another specialist. (Needless to say, her dinner plans with her husband went out the window.) Through several medical producers here, she was led to Dr. Cass and Cedars-Sinai, and paged her through the switchboard at the hospital. Imagine Dr. Cass's surprise when she was standing in the parking lot of the grocery store, just after getting out of surgery all day, and got a call asking her to come to New York.

But it gets a little more interesting. Dr. Cass was biking in the Los Angeles marathon on Sunday, so couldn't leave immediately for New York. Her Sunday consisted of being on her bike, ready to go, at 6am. She completed the 26 miles, then went home to see her family and feed her kids breakfast. Eventually, she headed to LAX, flew from coast to coast, got a few hours of sleep, and stumbled over to NBC. Now she is in the green room sipping some much-needed coffee and getting ready to make her Today Show debut.

Without a doubt, Dr. Cass wins the best-effort award for the morning.