Eric Manheimer, the true physician, who has inspired New Amsterdam
It was in 1997 that Eric Manheimer became the medical director of Bellevue hospital in New York. Always a doctor at the present time, it was realized that many changes would be necessary in order to improve the patient experience at their facility. In 2012, he published the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital , which has inspired New Amsterdam , and in which he described the journey of 12 patients in his hospital.
New Amsterdam : Ryan Eggold poses with Eric Manheimer, the true Max Goodwin
Writers of New Amsterdam did not only inspired his book, but also much of his life : as Max Goodwin, Eric Manheimer has also been the victim of a cancer. “I have been through a rigorous treatment and difficult with many complications and this has changed me a lot“, he explains to the website Med Page Today. The doctor also self-diagnosed with melanoma, a year after his remission.
He is very involved in the series
In addition to being the main source of inspiration of New Amsterdam, Eric Manheimer is also much involved in the series. “I recorded my experiences as a doctor, chief and director for the team story” he explained. It entrust also make many trips between New York and Los Angeles in order to advise the team of the series.