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A new series that follows USC physicians premieres on Discovery Health

USC NEWS- ‘Lifeline: USC Medical,’ a new documentary TV series that follows USC physicians, patients and medical students, premieres Sunday, April 4, on the Discovery Health Channel.

After seven months of nearly non-stop taping in and around the USC Health Sciences campus, Discovery Health Channel will begin airing “Lifeline: USC Medical,” a six-part cable TV series about USC physicians, patients and medical students.

The one-hour program will air Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning April 4.

Discovery Health Channel and USC partnered on the project, which was modeled after similar shows such as “Hopkins 24/7” and “Houston Medical.” The show highlights the real-life stories of the doctors, staff, students and patients of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and its affiliated hospitals.

Documentary crews began taping in July 2003 on the USC Health Sciences campus as well as at USC partner hospitals – USC University Hospital, Doheny Eye Institute, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, LAC+USC Healthcare Network and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, as well as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.

Stories cover a variety of subjects, from heart and liver transplants and cancer research to the life of a first-year medical student and the work of a USC football team doctor.

The first episode highlights a live-donor liver transplant with USC University Hospital surgeons Rick Selby and Nicolas Jabbour; trauma surgeon Juan Asensio and his efforts to save a battered homeless man; and a segment with USC/Norris cancer surgeon Melvin Silverstein as he helps a woman deal with her breast cancer.

Future stories include USC/Norris hematologist Alexandra Levine as she cares for two patients; cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes operating on a fellow physician; two heart transplants; a set of twins at CHLA suffering from eye cancer; a burn unit patient at LAC+USC; two patients implanted with defibrillators by cardiologist Leslie Saxon, and profiles of medical students and surgical fellows.

Each episode features approximately three to four stories. Twenty-one separate stories are condensed into the six, one-hour episodes.

Pasadena-based Mike Mathis Productions Inc. — a frequent contributor to the Discovery Health, Animal Planet, TLC, HGTV and Travel Channels — produced the series.

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