Claudius Conrad, Director of Music in Medicine of the Department of Surgery and the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, is well-known for his work understanding the role of music in modern medicine. He holds an MD, a doctoral degree in stem cell biology, and a doctoral degree in music philosophy from the University of Munich. He has been awarded several honors for his work, including the Excellence in Research Award, the Leadership Award of the American College of Surgeons, Steinway Artist, and many others. As a trained concert pianist and lecturer, he promotes the scientific use of music in medicine at prominent institutions around the globe.
Current research activities include topics in basic science and investigator-initiated clinical studies in patients, relatives and physicians:
Selected TV Documentaries
Selected Newspaper Articles
Selected Radio Interviews
Music, Medicine and History
Samata Sharma, MD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Diane Miller, MD (Tufts University)
Music Relaxation in the Emergency Setting
Hasan Alam, MD, David Brown, MD, Kalpana Narayan, MD, Blair Perry, Alyson Boulanger
Music and Surgical Performance
Denise Gee, MD, David Rattner, MD, Yusuf Konuk, MD
Music and Hypermetabolism in Critical Illness
Ron Tompkins, MD, Robert Sheridan, MD, Colleen Ryan, MD, Wolfgang Hartl, MD PhD (University of Munich)
Music and the Relaxation Response
Gregory Fricchione, MD, Herbert Benson, MD
Music and Experience
Paul Werner, PhD (Alliant University)
(All MGH unless noted differently.)
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Claudius Conrad, MD, PhD
Director of Music in Medicine
Tel: 617-726-2000, pager 13366
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