Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care

Dr. Kamal Chémali

Dr. Kamal Chémali specialized in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University-University Hospitals of Cleveland and sub-specialized in neuromuscular diseases, electromyography and neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he practiced for 13 years. Dr. Chémali started studying the piano at age seven and continued his musical activities throughout his medical studies and training. Combining his role as a physician and a musician, Dr. Chémali's firm belief in the power of music in connecting people and in healing disease led him to start the Doctor-Patient Music Connection Program, where physicians and professional musicians perform for patients in a hospital setting, and the Music and the Brain™ Concert-Symposia, educational scientific symposia on the effect of music on the nervous system, incorporating live performances. An active researcher in the field of music and neuroscience, Dr. Chémali presents lectures and concerts that illustrate the important effect of music on health and disease. In October 2011, Dr. Chémali moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he is an Associate Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the founding director of the Sentara Neuromuscular and Autonomic Programs and the Sentara Music and Medicine Center.