Sanjay Gupta adds fiction to his workload
LOS ANGELES – When doctors get called on the carpet by other doctors, it’s productive but not always pretty, as neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta describes it. Closed-door meetings in which physicians candidly dissect cases that went awry can verge on “dignified versions of street fights,” said CNN’s globe-trotting correspondent.
He drew on such sessions – commonplace for hospitals, if little publicly known – for his first novel, “Monday Mornings,” and is a writer-producer on a new TNT series based on the 2012 book.
The drama, from veteran producer David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” ”The Practice”) and with a heavyweight cast that includes Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Bill Irwin, debuts Monday (10 p.m. EST). That’s also the day the show’s fictional Chelsea General Hospital holds its weekly reviews.
In the real world, such meetings to scrutinize complications and mistakes in patient care can lead to new guidelines, Gupta said.