Series produced by BBC to premiere globally on December 9
World renowned heart surgeon and philanthropist Dr. Devi Shetty, founder of Health City Cayman Islands and chairman of India’s Narayana Health Group, is to be featured in a BBC-produced documentary – The Surgeon’s Cut – premiering globally on Netflix on Wednesday, December 9.
The Surgeon’s Cut profiles just four ground-breaking surgeons from around the world, each described as having “a visionary approach to their craft”. Specialty areas featured include fetal medicine, neurosurgery, transplant surgery and cardiology.
According to a description of the series from the BBC, “Viewers will follow along as they perform innovative operations and procedures, and reveal personal insight into their journey into medicine, providing a unique window into the world of surgery.”
The producers explain that, “through the individual stories of these experts, the series explores how our understanding of the human body is constantly being reinvented by new discoveries and techniques.”
A four-part documentary series, The Surgeon’s Cut, was produced by BBC Studios’ The Science Unit for Netflix.
The Surgeon’s Cut’s executive producers are Andrew Cohen and James Van der pool. Episodes were directed by Lucy Blakstad, Stephen Cooter, James Newton and Sophie Robinson.
Executive Producer James Van der Pool, BBC Studios Production said, “Bringing the combined power of Netflix and BBC Studios’ Science Unit together for the first time, The Surgeon’s Cut is a profoundly touching insight into surgery in the 21stcentury.”
He explained, “There is no greater drama than the pure intensity of pioneering surgery. From life-saving procedures on an unborn child to brain surgery on an awake patient, we’ve captured some of the most dramatic and technically demanding procedures in modern medicine. Each surgeon also shares the unique story of how they reached the top of their field, from what first sparked their passion, to the obstacles they had to overcome, be it poverty, sexism, racism - or simply where they were born. The series reveals a triumph of the human spirit, an endless quest for knowledge and a fierce devotion to saving human life.”
The episode featuring Dr. Shetty is entitled “Heart & Soul” and was directed by Stephen Cooter. The episode synopsis says, “Dr. Devi Shetty is a renowned cardiac surgeon and founder of India’s Narayana Health, one of the largest medical centers in the world. The Surgeon’s Cut follows Dr. Shetty as he treats patients from all walks of life, prioritizing low-cost, accessible health care while he and his team together perform upwards of thirty surgeries a day.”
Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil said, “It is a fitting honour that Dr. Shetty’s pioneering work as one of the world’s pre-eminent cardiac surgeons be featured in this documentary series. Dr. Shetty has revolutionised the provision of high-quality, low-cost health care in our home country of India, and he has since brought his visionary approach to the Western hemisphere via Health City Cayman Islands. In 2021, we will be celebrating seven years of operation in the Cayman Islands, and our growth and success has been built on the foundation laid by Dr. Shetty.”
Shomari Scott, Chief Business Officer at Health City Cayman Islands, said, “To be one of only four surgeons in the entire world featured in this documentary is testament to the unique and ground-breaking nature of Dr. Shetty’s approach to medicine. Never before has anyone focused on providing the best possible quality at the lowest possible price. While saving thousands of lives in the process. This is why we say that we are ‘transforming healthcare and changing lives’ at Health City. Because it is really true. Time and again, I go back to a core principle of Dr. Shetty’s vision – that ‘a solution isn’t a solution, unless it is affordable’.”
Episodes of The Surgeon’s Cut include “Saving Life before Birth” directed by James Newton and featuring Professor Kypros Nicolaides, one of the pioneers of fetal surgery whose discoveries have revolutionized the field. The Surgeon’s Cut follows Nicolaides at King’s College Hospital in London where his ground-breaking work in endoscopic laser surgery is used to treat twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a life-threatening prenatal condition.
The “Sacred Brain” episode directed by Lucy Blakstad follows neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, who operates on over 250 brains a year. He is also a distinguished stem cell researcher whose career in medicine grew from humble beginnings in Mexico. The Surgeon’s Cut joins Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where he uses the operating table as an extension of the lab, striving to find a cure for brain cancer.
Dr. Nancy Ascher is featured in “Living Donor”, an episode directed by Sophie Robinson. Ascher has devoted her career to organ transplants and transplant research. The first woman to ever perform a liver transplant surgery, The Surgeon’s Cut follows her at the University of California San Francisco where she continues to make strides in the field of medicine.
The Surgeon’s Cut will be available for viewing worldwide on Wednesday, December 9 on Netflix.
View the series trailer here: https://youtu.be/Fft5igeEIEM