A Southwest Virginia doctor will have a starring role on television Friday and Saturday, re-enacting a dramatic incident from his days working in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital emergency room.
Carilion Clinic emergency physician John Lucas of Vinton will play himself in this week’s episode of “Untold Stories of the ER ” in a segment titled “Rattled!” about a woman bitten by a venomous snake. The show airs tonight at 10 on Discovery Fit & Health network and again Saturday at 9 p.m. on TLC.
To celebrate his minutes in the limelight, Lucas has organized a viewing party and charity auction that starts at 9 tonight at 202 Market in Roanoke.
Money raised from donations will support the Roanoke Rescue Mission and the Franklin County Humane Society.
He’s also raising money for charity on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo because, he said, he wants to turn this surprise “brush with fame” into an opportunity to benefit some worthy causes . The Indigogo campaign, which had already raised $795 as of Wednesday, offers “perks” that range from an autographed photo of Lucas on the set ($25 donation) to a day shadowing a real ER doctor ($1,000 donation).
Lucas, 41, started working at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in 2002, straight out of a residency. In 2009, he became the medical director for the emergency department at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. A year ago, he joined the faculty of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg. He still practices emergency medicine for Carilion.