From Left: Danny Cheng, M.D.; Dave Pomeranz, M.D.; Ryan McGarry, M.D.; Billy Mallon, M.D. in Code Black
As an ER physician, Dr. Ryan McGarry is probably the only filmmaker Cultist can forgive for calling in for a scheduled interview five hours late.
Speaking via phone from New York City, where he moved last year to work at Cornell Medical Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the 32-year-old doctor apologizes for the delay. He says he wanted to make sure a patient he had admitted on his shift two days earlier made his way to the right doctor for treatment around a complicated hip injury. "It's nothing sexy, but it is what it is," he says.
Code Black is McGarry's directorial debut, and the things he captures on camera at L.A. County's trauma bay will illicit great sympathy for this young crusader, his patients and his colleagues, whose greatest adversary nowadays seems to be paperwork.