Upcoming Event

The Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Music and Medicine Orchestra
Kyunghun Kim, conductor

The Music and Medicine Orchestra will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) with performances of Fancy Free and three songs from West Side Story. The concert will also include a performance of Mahler’s Symphony #4.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Caspary Auditorium at Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street

General Admission Seating:
$25 suggested donation per seat
$10 suggested donation for students

Proceeds will benefit the Weill Cornell Medicine Music & Medicine Initiative. To reserve your seat and make a donation if you wish, please visit the Spring Concert registration page.

If you miss the concert, but would like to make a donation, please visit our donation page.

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he Music and Medicine Initiative

Medical students typically excel in science, but many are also gifted in music. The Weill Cornell Medical College family includes musicians with a wide range of experiences, from serious amateurs to conservatory-trained professionals. All share a passionate pursuit of the expression of beauty and perfection through music.

Musicians may turn to a career in medicine for a variety of reasons. But once medical students, they often find that their passion for musical exploration seamlessly translates into the pursuit of medical knowledge. These students begin to think of their medical training as another form of art.

With this in mind, the Music and Medicine Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College—spearheaded by David A. Shapiro, MD, and Richard Kogan, MD, and supported by a generous gift from the Block Family Foundation—allows medical students to continue to enjoy their musical life. The program emphasizes continued academic excellence with the added opportunity for students to practice music as a balance to a busy academic life.

Supporting the Student Musician

The Music and Medicine Initiative provides medical students with the resources necessary to continue their exploration in music, including:

  • Musical and medical mentors
  • Collaborators
  • Performance opportunities
  • Rehearsal space and equipment
  • Musical and medical mentors
  • Collaborators
  • Performance opportunities
  • Rehearsal space and equipment

Current videos


May 20, 2015
Dr. Richard Kogan's lecture/recital at the May 2015 American Psychiatric Association Meeting in Toronto. "Resilience is a Skill, You Can Practice It". Read More

April 23, 2015
Music and Medicine Brings a Healing Art to Lincoln Center. Read More

August 2, 2013
Music (and Musicians) Everywhere
In addition to the therapeutic benefits music provides, music also brings joy to the maker. (Perhaps that’s why music is “played”?) Just ask a few of the MSKCC employees who consider their time well spent when they join with colleagues from MSKCC and other area medical institutions to play and sing with the Music and Medicine Orchestra and Chorus.
Read More

August 2, 2013
The Practice of More than One Art
The Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Initiative
Read More

October 2, 2012
City Doctors Form New Music and Medicine Chorus and Orchestra
Read More on DNAinfo

October 1, 2012
Unique Orchestra Marries Music, Medicine For A Clinic's Benefit
Read More on NY1

On Music and Medicine:
A Performance by
L'Ensemble Médical

Dr. Richard Kogan explores the connection between the mental illness and the creative genius of classical composers.

March 19, 2011
The Mind and Music of George Gershwin
Washington Psychiatric Society

Musical Groups

There are a number of active musical groups for interested students to participate in, including:

  • Tri-Institutional Orchestra composed of WCMC students, NYP employees, and Rockefeller personnel
  • WCMC Chamber Music Society including piano trios, string quartets, and duos of all kinds, as well as vocalists
  • Weill Cornell Jazz Ensemble, which plays at hospital and Medical College functions
  • The AneuRhythms, an A Cappella group composed of students and faculty who give lively performances at events throughout the year

Music as Medicine

Through Weill Cornell’s affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian the students and faculty of the Music and Medicine Initiative are developing partnerships to integrate music into medical practice. Our students have performed for patients and families in:

  • Monthly hospital mini-concerts at NYP
  • Caregivers Concert at the Ronald Perelman Heart Center
  • Performances for patients undergoing treatment at the Infusion Center

Music in the Community

Bringing music to the Weill Cornell community and New York City is a vital part of our mission. Events have included:

  • Orchestral benefit concerts for Weill Cornell Community Clinic, for Weill Cornell for Human Rights, and for The Center for the Performing Artist
  • Weill Cornell ceremonies, including graduation at Carnegie Hall
  • Chamber music concerts for hospital employees
  • Coffeehouse events for the Weill Cornell student body

Student Outreach

he Music and Medicine Initiative also engages in outreach to the student body at large to increase participation in musical activities by organizing and sponsoring trips to NYC concerts and events. Recent events include:

  • Lang Lang and the San Diego Symphony at Carnegie Hall
  • Rigoletto, La Boheme and La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera

The Art of Collaboration

In addition to working with medical departments at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, the Music and Medicine Initiative has built relationships with some of the world's foremost musical institutions, which provide our students with unique opportunities for mentorship, partnership, and growth. In return, we provide specialized medical care to their musicians and organize seminars on performing arts medicine targeted towards musicians.

Students and faculty of The Juilliard School have partnered with WCMC to shape the Music and Medicine Initiative. Juilliard faculty members volunteer as coaches, and students at the two schools often collaborate to organize and perform at events.

We also collaborate with the 92nd Street Y, which provides quiet rehearsal rooms for our students. We are always seeking new partners to expand our initiative, so please contact us if you have ideas about how Music and Medicine can be a part of your program or organization.

Becoming the Best

Medical college admissions officers compete to recruit the best and brightest applicants. When students are considering a medical school, many factors contribute to their final decision.


Weill Cornell Medical College is fortunate to already have many attractive elements: its location in Manhattan, commonly called the cultural capital of the world; large and diverse faculty, student and patient populations; a Problem-Based Learning curriculum that focuses on student discovery; and one of the country's leading global medicine programs, with a campus in Qatar and a unique education and clinical training program at the Weill Bugando Center in Tanzania.


The Music and Medicine Initiative serves as another factor to attract students who want to pursue a career in medicine but do not want to sacrifice their love of music. While the Medical College will continue to attract the brightest and most intellectually curious students, the Music and Medicine Initiative seeks to attract musically creative applicants, who can matriculate knowing that their interest in music will be supported throughout their academic career at Weill Cornell.


An Investment in Creativity

Weill Cornell's Music and Medicine program is an entirely privately funded initiative undertaken by our faculty and students. We believe strongly that the program will enhance the medical college experience for our students, and that it will also be of great benefit to the Weill Cornell community at large.


Music and Medicine relies on the generosity of friends and patrons to underwrite its programs and mission. Involvement is possible at various levels, and every dollar raised is directed to the program and its success.


For more information on how you can become involved, or to learn how you can support this important program, please contact David A. Shapiro, MD, Program Chairman, at (212) 534-3448. You may also contact Weill Cornell Medical College's Office of Development at (646) 962-8720, to make a donation or request more information about supporting this unique program.

Dr. David A Shapiro, Chairman
Dr. Richard Kogan, Vice Chairman and Artistic Director
Dr. Joseph Murray, Academic Coordinator

Advisory Board

Jack D. Barchas, MD
Charles Bardes, MD
Barry Coller, MD
Joseph J. Fins, MD
Harvey Klein, MD
Laura Liberman, MD
Larry Norton, MD
Stephen Paget, MD
Alvin Rosenfeld, MD
Zev Rosenwaks, MD
Thomas Sculco, MD
David Skorton, MD
Michael Stewart, MD, MPH

Student Committee

Lisa Zhang (MS-2)
Munna Uppal (MS-2)
Timothy Kim (MS-2)

Student Representatives:
Brittany Abel (MS-1)
Charles Kenzig (MS-1)
Eric Zhang (MS-1)
Jenny Xia (MS-2)
Maria Passarelli (MS-2)
Peter Hung (MS-3)
Kathy Li (MS-3)
Lauren Tufts (MS-3)
Michelina Stoddard (MD-PhD)
Amy Kwon (PGY-1)

Friends and Faculty Committee

Peter Block, Vice President, Block Family Foundation
Vincent P. de Luise, MD
Joshua Levinger, MD
Cantor Joseph Malovany
Tiffany Peng, MD
Ittai Shapira, Violinist, Artistic Consultant

For more information about the Music and Medicine Initiative,
please contact Program Manager Nancy Amigron, naa2025@med.cornell.edu or (646) 962-5441.

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