Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: July 10, 2012 – August 22, 2012
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: (none)
TV show description:
This docu-series follows the doctors, nurses, patients, and their friends/family members at three New York hospitals.
What do grandmothers, addicts and celebrities have in common? All of them seek care at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers the crown jewels of the prestigious New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. For a full year ABC cameras had unprecedented access to document the mayhem and the miracles that occur daily in these world class facilities. Adding a Brooklyn dimension, Lutheran Medical Center also participated.
The TV series provides a raw and intimate look at life inside these hospitals where doctors spend far more time with each other than with their families, developing complicated and intertwined personal relationships.
Rita Saverino made a career in the cold-eyed world of investment banking, where success and failure are measured in profit and loss. Now this warm and affectionate mother of two boys must face the worst kind of risk analysis. She must calculate whether to have a rare and potentially fatal surgery in an effort to excise the extensive cancer in her abdomen. The surgery will remove her liver, stomach, kidney and intestines from the abdomen, cut away the adherent sarcoma, and finally put the organs back into Rita’s body. Dr. Tomoaki Kato is world famous for this operation, which has been criticized by some who says that not enough studies exist to support such a radical procedure. For Rita’s family, it is a gamble for life, a wager they cannot refuse.
Chris Towe and his wife, Vanessa Ho, are residents in surgery who sometimes get to operate together. This unique portrait of how a young couple tries to conduct a marriage in front of colleagues in the high stakes, high pressured world of medical residency, is revealing, funny and moving.
Allan Stewart is a cardiac surgeon who drives high-end sports cars and is engaged to a celebrity food show host. He says there are three kinds of surgeons “slow and bad,” “fast and bad,” and “fast and good.” He says he is the latter. Unabashed in evaluating his own skills, Stewart knows that nobody wants a surgeon who lacks confidence or is unsure of himself.
Jesse Gottfried looks like a 13-year old boy. The problem is that Jesse is actually 18 and has Crohn’s disease, which leaves him with intestinal blockages so severe that he has trouble absorbing the nutrients his body needs in order to grow. Fabrizio Michelassi is the charming chief of surgery at New York Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell hospital who has invented a new kind of colon surgery that could provide Jesse with a normal life.
First aired: August 22, 2012.
What do you think? Do you like the NY Med TV series? Would you like to see it return for a second season?