What happened to Dr Choi on 'Chicago Med'?

What happened to Dr Choi on 'Chicago Med'?
Brian Tee as Dr Choi in 'Chicago Med' (IMDb)

'Chicago Med' has been airing since 2015. It is the third series in Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise and focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center as its doctors and nurses work day and night to save patients' lives. After NBC greenlighted the show's pilot episode on May 1, 2015, it ordered 13 episodes for the first season. Then on December 11, 2015, an additional 5 episodes were ordered, bringing the season to 18 episodes. The show has aired every year since and now is into its eighth season.

'Chicago Med' sometimes crosses over with characters from 'Chicago Fire', which has its 11th season coming up, and 'Chicago PD'. Read on to know about what happened to Dr Choi, played by the former 'Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' star Brian Tee. 


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What happened to Dr Choi on 'Chicago Med'?

If you are a 'Chicago Med' fan, you'd know Dr Choi didn't come back to 'Chicago Med' until Season 7, Episode 7. Still recovering, Choi made things worse for himself in Episode 8 after being diagnosed with herniated lumbar discs. He then had spinal fusion surgery, which put him out of commission for several more months. He eventually returned in Season 7, Episode 12, where he received more devastating news: his terminally-ill father had passed away. After this, Dr Choi returned from his second 'Chicago Med' break in Season 7, Episode 18. 

In an interview with Variety, showrunner Andrew Schneider said, “Ethan has gone through a lot of changes in his life with the shooting.” Tee appeared in only three episodes during the season, as he has been filming Amazon Prime Video’s 'The Expats' opposite Nicole Kidman.

Brian Tee recently shed some light on the evolution of his character during an interview with TV Insider. He said, "Ethan has been seriously dealing with PTSD since Season One. It’s a continual process, But I think any trauma such as the one Ethan [recently] experienced, would make anyone reflect on life. Who he is, what he’s doing, and what it means… You’ll see Ethan’s growth and maybe even transformation as he deals with this experience. I believe Ethan will see things differently and hopefully, fans will see different sides to Ethan."

 'Chicago Med' Season 11 will return to NBC and take the primetime slot of 9 pm EST. 

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