Able Channel appoints Dr. John Jefferies Medical Leader from University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Medical Advisory Committee

May 10, 2022

Professor and Chief, Division of Adult Cardiovascular Diseases, Joins Streaming Healthcare Service Esteemed Board of Acclaimed Medicine & Media Leaders

New York, NY (May 10, 2022) – Dr. John Jefferies – has been appointed to the Medical Advisory Committee for ABLE Channel, the emerging streaming service devoted to original consumer healthcare programming. His appointment to the advisory committee was announced today by ABLE’s CEO and Founder, Brian McCourt.

Dr. Jefferies’ 25 years of outstanding medicine has bestowed upon him several significant achievements & appointments at UTHSC including, Jay Michael Sullivan Distinguished Chair Professor and Chief, Division of Adult Cardiovascular Diseases Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine Research Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Governor, Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

“Dr. Jefferies, brings a spirit of medical innovation to Able Channel,” explains McCourt. “Able Channel’s mission is to bring the best and brightest leaders in media, medicine and science together, to innovate the way consumers learn about their health. Able Channel offers consumers healthcare centered programming that blends storytelling with factual medical content. Dr. Jefferies experience and leadership in medicine and his vast knowledge of the healthcare business underscores ABLE’s mission to be the brand that brings consumers and patients credible health information at a time when it’s needed most. On behalf of the entire board, we welcome Dr. Jefferies commitment to ABLE Channel and are invigorated by his business acumen and proven leadership as an innovator in healthcare.”

ABLE Channel’s story-driven, original content will be available 24/7 on AppleTV, iOS, Android and Roku devices, with more platform rollouts planned for the coming weeks and months. ABLE recently unveiled Surviving Suicide, a candid six-part docuseries featuring real-life stories of individuals whose suicide attempts led them to thrive and share their stories in hopes of inspiring others suffering from depression.

ABLE Channel’s programming slate features premieres of new original series with real stories each quarter focusing on urgent and relevant health topics such as living well, cancer, the brain, aging, behavioral health, chronic illness, and disability. For ABLE, the potential scope of the audience is massive: an estimated 150 million Americans have a chronic health condition or disability, and the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a renewed consumer focus on personal health.

Dr. Jefferies joins ABLE’s esteemed team, a Who’s Who of some of the most accomplished leaders from medicine and business: former Chairman of Time-Warner, Jerry Levin; Executive Advisor and former President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove; President and CEO of the Nevada Health and Bioscience Center, Maureen Schafer ; CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings and former CEO of Power Plate International, Steve Miller; Cofounder of Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC, Linda Tarplin; CEO Healthcare Investor Kevin O’Brien and Managing Director at Obair Capital, LLC, Greg Dyra.

ABLE Channel’s Board is further complemented by counsel from leading advisors including founder and former CEO of USA Networks, Kay Koplovitz; former vice president of Disney Company, Oliver de Courson; Deborah Dagit, former vice president and chief diversity officer at Merck; and Dan Gasby, CEO of Black-owned B. Smith Enterprises.

Able Channel is the award winning new streaming service dedicated to one of the most important issues today: Healthcare. The programmer’s preview channel is now available 24/7 at and later this year on AppleTV, Android, IOS, and Roku devices with more distribution roll-outs slated for later in 2022. Able Channel’s content is powered by major medical partners including the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Able Channel is a division of The Able Channel, Inc.

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