Grey's Anatomy: Life Imitating Art

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Grey's Anatomy is one of the hottest shows on TV, especially for those in the medical community.

The show, as we all know, centers in large part around the medicine and romance practiced by female surgeons. Every week, the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital engage in a little bit of medicine and a lot of romance.

Grey's Anatomy: More Real Than You Might Think
Still, there are aspects of the show that are realistic; for instance, the by-the-book surgeries and the high number of women performing them.

"You look at our department alone; nearly half of our residents are women," said Dr. Carol Salem, a real life urological surgeon in San Diego who lives, quite literally, on the cutting edge.

Men entrust to her their most prized anatomy.

"More important than their brains, you mean? That's right, and most men would admit to that," said Salem.

She maneuvers the latest in robotic surgery, the "da Vinci," to remove cancerous prostates.

"It's basically the technology of tomorrow for surgical procedures," said Salem.

Salem said her patients care more about her training than her gender -- a point the Grey's Anatomy cast drives home. Two of the show's featured surgeons are female, along with three of the interns. Race is equally unimportant, with a black chief of surgery and several other minorities.

When it comes to hospital hookups and the steamy romance going on in the linen closet, there is nothing interesting to report in Salem's life. That's not to say romance does not happen in the surgery ward.

"Does that happen here? I know nothing about that," said Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy.

Ramamoorthy said she knows something about doctors in love.
"A lot of doctors marry doctors, I'm sure," she added.

Ramamoorthy should know about doctors marrying doctors because she married a cardiologist.

"Across the intensive care unit, our eyes met," said Ramamoorthy.

She is also juggling the demands of surgery with raising two young boys.

"Some days it's less crazy than others, but I would still describe it as a crazy life," said Ramamoorthy.

She said more women are opting for this life thanks to others who paved the way.

"As more women go into it, seeing more role models, yes, you can be a mom, wife, great surgeon, and make your life work," said Ramamoorthy.

Much like Grey's Anatomy, it takes romance, humor and hard work to make it through another day.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I was wondering if they were ever going to use the theme song this season. Were six episodes into the new season and no opening song as of yet. The one thing I want to see happen is for Derek and Meredith to have a Very Merry Christmas. Last years was so sad you knew they wanted to be together so much.


I've been trying to figure out those feet, too. Aren't there a pair of very red, very high heels next to them on the opening credits? I love the gender and racial equity in Grey's, too. It is one of the truly unique aspects of the show.


I have often wondered who's feet those are. I don't remember hearing it anywhere. It's just one of those off the wall things I wonder about.


there are actually 3 female surgeons(not counting the interns on staff. Callie baily and addison


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."


[narrating] The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands.