Follow-Up

“Rounding It Out,” two years later

Two years after presenting “Rounding It Out,” her portrayal of 11 doctors and patients at Yale [“A Dramatic Turn,” Spring 2001], playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith maintains her Yale connections as she dons a white coat in her role as the cardiologist on Presidio Med.When Smith plays Letty Jordan, M.D., on the CBS drama, her point of reference is Yale: Smith prepared for the role by shadowing interventional cardiologist Joseph J. Brennan, M.D., HS ’86, an associate professor of medicine. Smith followed Brennan one hectic day at Yale-New Haven Hospital, watching him interview patients and do angioplasties and catheterizations. “She asked a lot of questions—how would we deal with complications, how we...

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