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.

He  lives in Harwinton, Connecticut with his wife, Victoria Elliot. Their four-acre garden, created by noted American architect Henry Hornbostel and expanded on by them, is considered one of the finest in New England.

Board of Advisors

Steven Ellman, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus at CUNY

E. Wesley Ely, M.D., MPH
Pulmonary and Critical Care and Health Services Research

ICU and Cognitive Impairment Study Group
Vanderbilt University Medical Center and VA-GRECC

Kamran Fallahpour, Ph.D.
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


The Metropolitan Opera, American Composer's Orchestra,

The New York Philharmonic, The New York City Ballet

Lyndon Laminack, M.D. (retired) 

Medical Senior Director at CIGNA International
Group Deputy Medical Director/International SOS

Mandolinist 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

Musician/Double Bassist (retired)

Marlboro 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
Director - Medical Education, 

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

Medicine for Musicians Faculty

Dr John Powell Ph.D., M.Mus. 

Scientist and musician - 

Author of How Music Works and Why You Love Music

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

Professor of Neurology and Ethnomusicology at UCLA

Director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science


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.