Most people know Dr. Mehmet Oz as an energetic, jovial talk show host who often refers to diet solutions as “miracles.” On Tuesday night, this weight loss wizard reveals his parallel career as a renowned heart surgeon on a new documentary series, “NY Med.” ABC cameras take you behind the scenes to reveal a different type of miracle: the life-saving surgery that occurs daily at New York-Presbyterian medical centers. And as you watch Dr. Oz seek to save the lives of heart patients, you’ll understand why he so frequently urges viewers to lose weight: he knows that obesity can dramatically increase the risk of heart attacks.
“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,” he told the North
Jersey Record in an interview July 8. In the premiere episode, Dr. Oz repairs the heart of a patient, Jack Abramson, and offers him emotional support in addition to his physical healing powers. As demonstrated on the new show, recovering from heart surgery needs to involve a commitment from patients to take control of their lives. And, with his diet knowledge coupled with his heart disease training, Dr. Oz has the ability to guide his patients not just to recover but to, as he says, “thrive.”
“Once I met him and saw him in action, I realized he’s phenomenal,”executive producer Terence Wrong told the NY Daily News July 8. “He’s A-Rod. His DNA doesn’t get replicated anywhere.” Known for hugging audience members on his show and listening to them intently, Dr. Oz shows that same sensitivity on ‘NY Med.’ Terence says Dr.Oz recalls patients who visited him for consultations years ago. “Getting that emotional investment is the way in” to changing lives, he adds.