I am a violinist and singer based in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. I sing as a member of the Longwood Chorus. I am passionate about enriching lives through music.
At the age of three, I started studying Suzuki violin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of nine, I sang the lead role of Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Oakland University. In middle school, I started studying trumpet. During high school, I played violin in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and the Kentucky All-State Symphony Orchestra. During college, I was a member of the Brown University Orchestra and the Brown University Chorus under the direction of Mr. Fred Jodry. I also studied old-time fiddle with Professor Jeff Todd Titon, and started my own old-time string band, called the Jerimoth Hill String Band.
During medical school, internal medicine residency, and infectious diseases fellowship, and my first years as an attending physician, I was largely away from music, but have recently started being musically active again.
I bring my unique background as a physician, writer, and advocate, as I restart my musical studies. There are several examples of physicians who also study music. Dr. Claudius Conrad is a surgeon at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is a violinist and medical doctor, and sister of the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Dr. Lisa Wong is an associate in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and wrote the book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine.
My goal is to help students become better musicians and physicians. I aim to teach them how to perfect their craft, become better communicators, better advocates, and citizen-artists.
Despite more awareness of physician burnout, depression, and suicide, action is needed. I am interested in ways that music and the arts can help create a culture of wellness in hospitals. As was pointed out recently in Academic Medicine, the culture of medicine is the most important modifiable barrier to wellness.