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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Music & Medicine a way of life for Indian Hill Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Bob Rhoad discusses orthopaedic challenges of high-level, professional musicians

Indian Hill resident Robert Rhoad, MD of Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine was not only a featured speaker, but also a performer at the Sixth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 13 at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center.  Along with Dr. Manisha Patel  (Cardiothoracic surgeon / pianist), Alex Bingcang (Family medicine / cellist) and Bonnie Farr (professional oboist / yoga instructor), Dr. Rhoad presented  his talk “Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions in the Modern Musician” as part of the discussion of the various roles of medicine, medical care, and the interface of music with patients.  

Dr. Bob Rhoad participates in a live jazz performance after the conference
Dr. Rhoad, a life-long musician and percussionist, related his career experiences in performance medicine and the challenges of treating various high-level professional musicians with very specific needs for continued success in their field.   “With my musical background I appreciate the unique concerns musicians face with medical and orthopaedic issues. Understanding their instrument and their challenges helps to get them back to their level of performance excellence.”

To the audience’s delight, the speakers then took the stage together as a jazz quartet and played two jazz pieces to conclude their program.  The doctors proved their commitment to treating their patients and their passion for music can combine for excellent patient care.

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