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Grey’s Anatomy, Seinfeld, and DO tattoos: Top pop culture and lifestyle stories

Some DOs wear tattoos, others win Tony Awards, and one will forever be famous for his memorable performance in a classic children’s movie.


Whether you love to spot the inaccuracies in medical dramas from your couch, have Seinfeld catchphrases “tattooed on your brain” or are a theater buff, you’ll enjoy these stories about pop culture, lifestyle and DOs.

1. ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. real-life residency: You already know how this turns out

While the hit medical show, now in its 15th season, continues to garner rave reviews, Amanda Kirzner, DO, MPH, says real-world residency is nothing like the thrill-a-minute world at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital.

The drama on “Grey’s Anatomy” doesn’t compare well with the realities of emergency rooms and operating rooms.

2. Scene-stealing Matilda actor is now a DO

While his first love was acting, James Karz, DO, grew to love osteopathic medicine’s focus on helping the whole patient. Profiled in 2015 when he was still a medical student, Dr. Karz told The DO that he applies lessons from his acting days to medicine. “You can’t always expect things to go smoothly. You have to be prepared for anything to happen,” he said.

Child actor James Karz, DO, (center) was in the hit-movie Matilda before medical school.

3.  Top 6 medical moments from Seinfeld – and what doctors can learn from them

Despite being an epic comedy about “nothing,” Seinfeld managed to cover almost everything about everyday life, including health, medicine and doctors, with hilarious results.

The groundbreaking comedy, Seinfeld, first aired 26 years ago -- before smartphones, DVDs and the rise of the Internet -- but remains surprisingly relevant today.

4. How 2 DOs turned their passion for Broadway into producing a Tony Award-winning musical

In 2018, Drs. Jeffrey Grove and Michael Jackowitz became Tony Award-winning producers when “Once on This Island” was recognized for Best Revival of a Musical.

Jeffrey Grove, DO, (left), Ken Davenport (center), and Michael Jackowitz, DO, (right) won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

5. Should doctors show their tattoos at work? DOs speak out

As entertainers and celebrities embrace their tattoos, so has the medical profession and DOs. Jedidiah Ballard, DO, and several other physicians are in favor of ink, with some saying it helps them connect to their patients. But other DOs say they don’t think tattoos belong in a medical workplace.

One comment

  1. James Frommer

    I do believe if one goes through the archives of Seinfeld, Cozmo Kramer did mention once about seeing his DO about issues with his SI do to his wallet….

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