The new “reality show,” NY Med, condenses 3,000 hours of footage into a potent look at some of the sharpest doctors in the world. The series will be tracking everything from well-known TV doctor, Mehmet Oz – a renowned heart surgeon who still performs one procedure a week at the hospital – to a trauma surgeon who came to the United States as an illegal immigrant; a pediatric surgeon who takes a tumor out of a 4-year-old’s heart; and a Gulf War veteran with HIV getting a heart transplant.
After one episode, you will marvel at the miracles today’s doctors can perform—with one doctor taking most of organs out of one woman’s abdomen to remove a tumor and then putting them back in place.
But series executive producer Terence Wrong says this is not a reality show, and there is an important difference between his subjects and most reality tv stars. “There’s no one going on here because they were hanging out on a beach in Santa Monica and they’re not getting paid,” said Wrong of the doctors spotlighted in the series. “In fact, their careers are somewhat jeopardized by going on the show.”
Wrong, whose mother died during an operation performed by one of the doctors in the series years ago (he won’t say who), works hard to reveal the humanity behind the medicine.