Where It All Began
The Doctors celebrates an enormous milestone — Take a look back at the very beginning!
Update from Carmen Tarleton
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that as the 1000th episode of the show approached, “there was no one I wanted to spend it with more than Carmen Tarleton."
Carmen first appeared on The Doctors in 2011, when she described how she barely survived a brutal attack by her estranged husband, during which he beat her with a baseball bat and doused her with industrial-strength lye. The assault burned more than 80 percent of her body and left her with extensive injuries and severe disfigurements. Despite this horrific event, Carmen remained strong and became an advocate for fellow domestic violence victims.
Moved by Carmen’s incredible story, The Doctors and The Dr. Phil Foundation sent her to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she became the fifth person in the U.S. to undergo a groundbreaking full-face transplant. The elaborate 15-hour surgery, which was conducted by a team of more than 30 surgeons and specialists, involved transplanting a donor’s nose, lips, facial muscles and neck, and carefully attaching the facial arteries and nerves.
Carmen revealed her new face in a one-on-one interview with Dr. Travis in February 2013. At the time, she also revealed that her new chance at life came with an unexpected bonus: a new chance at love. “I actually met somebody, and he’s younger, and he’s ended up being the love of my life,” she said.
“I had a dream that someday, long after my face [transplant surgery], I’d come back, and I’d be on the next chapter in my life. And that dream [has] come true now,” Carmen says.
Dr. Travis, grasping Carmen’s hand, tells her, “It’s been one of the greatest honors of my life getting to know you.”
“The Doctors Saved My Life”
During the past six seasons, The Doctors have covered a myriad of health topics and offered valuable life-saving information to people around the world. Hear how the show has helped save the lives of viewers like you!
“We are thankful for the opportunity this show has given us to spread the message of medicine and health worldwide. But, the most important place that we’ve been is in your living room,” Dr. Travis says.
Alex first appeared on The Doctors six years ago, when she described how her life had been impacted by a rare movement disorder called dystonia. Diagnosed in 2007, the disorder caused Alex’s muscles to constantly involuntarily contract, forcing her body into repetitive and often twisting movements.
The Doctors revealed to Alex that she was a perfect candidate for a cutting-edge brain surgery, deep-brain stimulation, which could cure her condition. The Doctors teamed up with The Dr. Phil Foundation to raise money to help Alex with the cost of the procedure, and happily welcomed her back to the show to see her incredible transformation.
Now, Alex rejoins The Doctors and meets Monica, a woman who also suffered from dystonia and underwent a similar procedure after seeing Alex’s story on the show.
“It touches my heart so deeply that I could just help one person out, to even get the story out about dystonia. Thank you so much to The Doctors show for doing this because if it wasn’t for you guys, I would have never had the means or the support to go through the surgery myself,” Alex says.
• Dr. Travis and Dr. Ordon prank their fellow hosts!
• Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife, Robin, share a special congratulatory message to The Doctors and the show’s executive producer, their son, Jay McGraw.