Karen E. Popkin, LCAT, HPMT, MT-BC
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Service’s Music Therapy Program brings music to the bedside of hundreds of patients by trained, credentialed professionals who tailor their offerings to the needs of individuals and their family members. This vital service is offered to both patients and their families providing therapists who work closely as part of interdisciplinary MSKCC teams that include physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. In addition to their one-on-one patient and family care, they also provide music therapy in the pre-surgical and post-operative suites and elsewhere in the hospital. A free service by the MSKCC Integrative Medicine Service, patients report increased energy, renewed spiritual connection and enhanced hope as a result of these music therapy sessions.