We asked a few more to share the songs they use to set the mood for great medicine.
Dr. Kelly Wright
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
“It may surprise some that my surgery playlist and my running playlist are the same,” says Dr. Wright.
She’s a 9-time marathoner and one of the first 1,000 people in the world to complete the World Marathon Majors circuit, a series of the 6 most celebrated races in the world.
“I think surgery demands the same type of training that marathoning does: endurance, muscle memory, precision, and skill. A good playlist with a low, constant beat, minor tones, and a rising chorus keeps me focused on the long road (or surgery) ahead,” she says.
Many of her colleagues agree. More than one doctor we asked to share their playlist with us said they like to listen to Dr. Wright’s list on Spotify.
Honey — Robyn
Swish Swish — Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj
Feel the Love — Rudimental featuring John Newman
Warm — SG Lewis; "I love the dissonant piano chords overlaid with the bass. It has an unexpectedly driving beat. I would probably say that about all of the songs!"
Blame — Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
Paris — The Chainsmokers
What About Us — P!nk; "I love how P!nk’s powerful voice builds into the instrumental interlude. It’s inspiring!"
Secrets — OneRepublic
Dr. Azadeh Dashti
Supportive Care Medicine
“It’s really important for us, especially in supportive care, to process our emotions and to appreciate life,” Dr. Dashti says. “Music is like a conduit of human emotions and storytelling. It helps lift you up and helps you be present in the moment, which is crucial.”
Her playlist features an eclectic mix of music, including soul, classical, and international music.
Etude in D-Sharp Minor, Op.8, No. 12 — Alexander Scriabin (played by Vladimir Horowitz)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 — Franz Liszt
Feeling Good — Nina Simone
All These Things That I’ve Done — The Killers
Home Again — Michael Kiwanuka
Days Like This — Van Morrison
Est Tu Mirada — Leoni Torres
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien — Édith Piaf
Dr. Allan Silberman
Dr. Silberman brings a mix of familiar classic rock favorites to keep focused and moving while he works.
Walking in Memphis — Mark Cohn
Reasons — Earth, Wind & Fire
Miracles — Jefferson Starship
Magic Carpet Ride — Steppenwolf
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking — The Rolling Stones
Dancing in the Moonlight — King Harvest
Can You Do It — The Contours
Don’t Let Go — Roy Hamilton
Got To Give It Up — Marvin Gaye
Dr. Natasha Trentacosta
Dr. Trentacosta bravely sets her phone on shuffle and plays whatever songs come up.
“It’s something we used to do in residency,” she says. “I’ve learned to embrace my quirky, atypical-for-an-orthopaedic surgeon playlist.”
Juicy — Notorious B.I.G.
Green Light — John Legend featuring André 3000
I Want You Back — *NSync; “Back in residency, one of the chiefs told me before I hit play on my iPhone that he assumed it was going to be quintessential 90s pop music. I didn’t disappoint him.”
Run the World (Girls) — Beyoncé; “Pep song reminder for myself in such a male-dominated field.”
I’m Real — Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule; “Pop songs invigorate me in the OR. Whether they are old or new, I want to—and sometimes do—belt out singing along.”
Dr. Karen Zaghiyan
Music helps her team work efficiently, focus better, and feel more at ease, Dr. Zaghiyan says.
"I love having upbeat tunes that keep the tempo going," she says.
She doesn’t tie herself down to any particular genre either.
Forgot About Dre — Dr. Dre featuring Eminem
Lose Yourself — Eminem
Levels — Avicii
Give Me Everything — Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer
Balada — Gustavo Lima featuring Dyland and Lenny
Another One Bites the Dust — Queen
Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey
Viva la Vida — Coldplay
Dr. Anca Barbu
The human voice is an amazing instrument and one that is dear to Dr. Barbu. Singers from all over the world trust their voices to her when they need surgeries that could affect their vocal cords.
When she’s in the OR, it’s a team effort and that includes the music selection. She will frequently let her anesthesiologist pick the music.
"That’s what teamwork is all about," she says.
Despacito — Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
Titanium — David Guetta featuring Sia
Me Too — Meghan Trainor
Me Enamoré — Shakira
Home — Phillip Phillips
Set Fire to the Rain — Adele
Somewhere Over The Rainbow_What A Wonderful World — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole