Dr. Marvin A. McMillen, M.D., FACS, MACP - Chief Medical Advisor

Marvin A. McMillen, is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute. He trained in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Minnesota, and Yale. Dr. McMillen has practiced emergency surgery, trauma and both medical and surgical critical care for 35 years in Brooklyn, Yale, Chicago,  Manhattan and the Berkshires. His basic science research and 100 publications/chapters have included bone marrow stem cells, drug effects on the brain in critical illness, mechanisms of immunosuppression, gut and brain hormone effect on immune cells, blood vessel interactions with immune and inflammatory cells in shock and sepsis, and angiogenesis.


Dr. McMillen is currently Chief of Perioperative Care at Berkshire Medical  Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts. He first became interested in the bedside use of recorded music, music videos, music therapy, and medically trained musicians after learning about the London based Live Music Now initiative created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker. He has been actively working with music in medicine for over twenty years.

Board of Advisors

Kate Edgar
Executive Director
The Oliver Sacks Foundation


Steven Ellman, Ph.D.

Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School

Professor Emeritus, CUNY
Musician


E. Wesley Ely, M.D., MPH
Pulmonary and Critical Care and Health Services Research
Vanderbilt University and VA-GRECC


Kamran Fallahpour, Ph.D.
Director - The Brain Resource Center, New York
Instructor in Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Laurence Furr, Ph.D.  

Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner  

Certified Clinical Musician

JPS Health Network Therapeutic Musician - Vitas Hospice


Kevin Kuhn, Guitarist/Multi-Instumentalist

Broadway and Studio musician and appearances with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 

American Composers Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, The New York City Ballet, 

New York City Opera, and The Philadelphia Orchestra


Lyndon Laminack, M.D. (retired)

Formerly Chief Medical Officer - One Hundred Years, LLC 

and Medical Senior Director - CIGNA International 

Mandolin Aficionado


Julia Langley, M.A.

Faculty Director, Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program,

Georgetown University and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Instructor, Georgetown University School of Medicine


Barbara Wilson Lloyd  - Double Bassist

Marlboro Music Festival, Musica Sacra, Bethlehem Bach Festival


Rev. Mary B. O’Malley, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, Behavioral Health Integration
and Primary Care Outreach Team
Dept. of Psychiatry, Berkshire Medical Center
Assistant Professor, UMASS Medical Center
Sound Healing Practitioner 


Mark Pettus, M.D., FACP, ABHM

Director of  Medical Education, Wellness, and Population Health
at Berkshire Health  Systems and Associate Dean of Medical Education
at the University of  Massachusetts Medical School


Dr John Powell Ph.D., M.Mus 

Scientist and musician - author of How Music Works and Why You Love Music


Jenzi Silverman, Ph.D., ATCL

Instructor, University of Minnesota, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Music & Wellness, Community Education Programs

Member of Music & Memory team, Sholom West Senior Living Community

Musician/Recorders and Concert Ukulele


Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science

Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Adjunct Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Musician/Songwriter


In Memoriam

Dr. Arthur Wallace Harvey, Neuromusicologist (1939-2017)

B.S, Music, Gordon College, 1959 -
MM, Boston University, 1965 - DMA, Temple University, 1974
Member International Society for Music in Medicine


Arthur’s research and ideas and suggestions for the writing of 

“Waking the Spirit” and for the development of the Medical Musician 

specialty were invaluable and his friendship will be greatly missed.