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Members of Stony Brook’s Cerebrovascular Center team with Patrick Wilson (front/center), star of “A Gifted Man,” and director Jonathan Demme (back/right).

From the Desk of Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P., Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine

I urge everyone in the campus community to tune in to CBS/Channel 2 later today, Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm EST, for the pilot premiere of the new drama series “A Gifted Man,” starring Patrick Wilson, directed by Jonathan Demme, and written by Susannah Grant. Wilson stars as Dr. Michael Holt, a well-known neurosurgeon who begins seeing his dead ex-wife and starts questioning the meaning of life and his place in the world.

Several of the neurological surgery scenes for the series pilot were shot in the high-tech Cerebrovascular Biplane Suite at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The writer, director, and their production crew wanted to create scenes that emulated real-life medicine using state-of-the-art medical equipment and found a fit with Stony Brook’s biplane suite and Cerebrovascular Center team.

As reported in the New York Post, making cameos in the drama are: Dr. Raphael Davis, Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and Co-Director of the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences; Dr. Henry Woo, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery and Radiology; and Rick Aranguren, a Physician Assistant in the Cerebrovascular Center.

Photo on homepage: Patrick Wilson suites up for “surgery” before one of the scenes, with director Jonathan Demme and Cerebrovascular Center Physician Assistant Rick Aranguren.

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