If you are a fan of medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy or Nurse Jackie, you will undoubtedly enjoy the ABC docudrama NY Med.
Dr. Guy McKhann, a neurosurgeon at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where the show is set, has been a part of the series since season one in 2012. He is once again followed by cameras in season two and his episode is coming up on Thursday, August 7th at 10 PM (9 central) on ABC.
Dr. McKhann vouches for the show’s depiction of real-life drama in a hospital. In a Manhattan Times article last May he said, “Anything like this that helps the public understand medicine is a good thing. I think it’s a public service for the patients.” Read more of the article here.
In the first season of NY Med, Dr. McKhann sees a young mother whose unexplained seizure has led to the discovery of a large brain tumor [of note: she is also the patient of Columbia Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, who also took part in the first season].
In a jaw-dropping scene, Dr. McKhann informs his patient that the procedure to remove the brain tumor will require her to be awake and talking during surgery. Dr. McKhann’s strong connection with his patient and her family is clear, and his confidence about a positive outcome sets them at ease.
NY Med series producer Terence Wrong found this patient’s story so compelling that he featured Dr. McKhann performing her surgery in the premiere episode of the first season. Favorable reviews in the New York Times and Baltimore Sun followed the first season’s release.
In the upcoming season two episode, Dr. McKhann operates on a 28-year-old with a brain tumor. He spoke about the experience to LoHud: The Journal News this month in an article titled Surgeon from Bronxville plays himself on TV. Read the article here.
NY Med originally aired eight episodes in 2012. Season two began on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @10p/9c on ABC. Watch the show online here.
Dr. Guy McKhann is the Florence Irving Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a specialist at their centers for the treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and movement disorders. You can learn more about him on his bio page here.
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