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Local doctor deals with cows and stilettos

Dr. Sudip Bose appears in series premier

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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 8:00 am

It’s all about cows and stilettos for Odessa Dr. Sudip Bose, who was featured on the eighth season premiere of Untold Stories of the ER” that aired Sunday on the Discovery Fit & Health channel.

Bose, who plays himself in the reenactments, is the medical director for the City of Odessa and Ector County and is facing a real “wild-west” experience. But it is unknown where the two cases actually occurred because he divides his time between Odessa and Chicago.

“Unfortunately, due to patient confidentiality, we're unable to share where these cases took place,” said Jordyn Linsk, publicity director for TLC and Discovery.

The expression “you can’t make this (manure) up” has never been applied so accurately before. In this premiere, first Bose must treat a patient who reportedly crashes his convertible into two cows, covering him in glass and lacerations but, more poignantly, cow manure.

“We learn he was driving a convertible, crashes into these cows and one went up over the hood, over the top, which was open and landed and defecated on top of him,” Bose said. “You see people in cars hit other cars, get ejected out; he looked like he was covered in mud, but it was quickly obvious, with the smell, he was covered in feces.”

Bose said for cases like the accident, prioritizing is key and first a foremost the patient must be cared for.

 “With a car accident there are often lacerations from windshield glass that get all over the patient and the immediate concern is preventing infection. Well, this is like that, but imagine rubbing feces into every single one of those wounds,” Bose said.  “And the weight of the cow — all of that came down on him.”

But if the cow wreck is not bizarre enough, it may not be as unexpected as when an exotic dancer spices up the scene with a “wardrobe emergency” and Bose must help remove a stiletto heel from her cheek.

“It’s hard to fully understand the intricacies of the ER,” Bose said.

“Events like these,” he described, “are like comparing apples to oranges.”

Without giving away too many details, Bose ensures that each day in the ER is a new challenge, but the ultimate focus is treating the patient accordingly.

When not tending to the rigors of the ER at MCH in Odessa, Bose travels to Chicago where he is associate professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He can boast a long list of medical experience including authoring curriculum for the Emergency Medicine Written Board Examination, which has gotten him countless national nods, as well as many keynote lectures including one with President Obama in 2006. But his claim to fame — and perhaps most honorable endeavor — is his work with veterans, specifically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients and their families.

Originally from Chicago, Bose was an emergency medical physician at Fort Hood. After his military service, he became more involved with healthcare education and saw Odessa as a good opportunity.

 “The opportunity to become the medical director for the City of Odessa, supervising paramedics, the opportunity to be a correspondent with CBS7, and the Medical Center ER — it was a good opportunity to balance everything,” he said.

If you miss Sunday’s episode, it will run again at 9 p.m. on Oct. 12 on TLC.

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