Lab Director and Author to Create TV Series Highlighting 'Unsung Heroes' of the Medical Field

Dr. Alan Wu, lauded professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, sought-after speaker, and lab director at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, is adapting the stories from his six books into a TV series.

The series will be a serialized drama following a lab director as she directs a team of chemists, toxicologists, and microbiologists to provide critical lab information to doctors and their patients. It will present real medical cases and show how the lab staff uses science to solve medical mysteries as patients’ lives hang in the balance.

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One of the inspirations for the main character is Wu’s lab director, Dr. Barb Haller, who led the COVID-19 testing team at San Francisco General Hospital. Their efforts have contributed to San Francisco having the lowest COVID death rate of any major US city, only 600 total.

Dr. Wu was quoted in a USA Today article published on August 10, 2021 about a study showing that antibody levels my pave the way for new vaccines or boosters protecting against variants. Wu calls his lab staff the “unsung heroes” of the COVID-19 epidemic, adding that part of his motivation for creating the show is to bring them into the limelight to receive the attention they deserve.

“The inability to obtain test results was the single factor most responsible for the failure of managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic, few people appreciated what the clinical lab did to help doctors and their patients. I am looking to create a unique television show that provides a behind-the-scenes look at medicine through the eyes of a clinical lab director, instead of the usual focus on doctors and nurses. Samples are not just sent and an answer magically appears