Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dr. Oz Discusses Role in New ABC Documentary Series

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dr. Oz Discusses Role in New ABC Documentary Series

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Dr. Mehmet Oz has been out of the country in the days leading up to the premiere of "NY Med." But the cardio-thoracic surgeon, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and Cliffside Park resident, weighed in on the series by email from abroad.

Q. I've heard that you had been a fan of this series. Did you watch the Hopkins and Boston editions? And what was it that you liked about those installments?

I loved Terry Wrong's work and how he was able to capture the reality of hospital life and the challenges the doctors and nurses face each day. I think there has been an appropriate focus on what's wrong with health care and what needs fixing - but it's been too easy to forget what we do well, how many lives we save, and how the whole system of care works. We have a lot to fix but we have so much to be proud of that should be celebrated.

Q. Can you tell us a little more about Mr. Abramson, your patient (whom we see in the first episode)? How is he doing now?

Patient is doing great. Especially for some of the high-risk cases that we encounter, it is very gratifying for patients to not just survive, but also thrive after heart procedures.

Q. There weren't any plans for cameras to follow this case, right?

Yes. This was chance. After working in television a while, some of the most spectacular and special moments are completely unplanned.

Q. You say in the first episode that you've learned over the years that surgery patients have much better outcomes if they have someone who loves them. Can you elaborate a little?

I always say that a heart needs a reason to keep beating. People need motivation to pull through the challenges of surgery and recovery.

There is no greater motivation than our loved ones. It greatly detracts from one's ability to move forward if [one] feels alone with nothing to live for. Most of the time people are more loved than they realize, and the conversation forces a change of perspective. …

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