What Music Do Surgeons Listen to While Operating?

The results of our own informal—and very unscientific—survey.

Late last year, at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the members of the American College of Gastroenterology got some interesting news: A new study found that surgeons performing colonoscopies while listening to Mozart might do a better job of finding and removing polyps. That got us wondering if local surgeons listen to music in the operating room. Here are the results of our own informal—and very unscientific—survey. Along the way, we learned that sometimes, patients can even request their favorite tunes—good to know if you have to go in for a procedure you’re not really thrilled about in the first place.

Michael Porter, M.D.
Specialty: Urology
Clinic: Seattle VA Medical Center; UW Medicine

 

Alt. and Indie Rock; Alt. Country and Classic Rock

 

Patricia Dawson, M.D.
Specialty: Breast Surgery
Clinic: Swedish Cancer Institute

Female singer-songwriters; Oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s

Shannon Tierney, M.D.
Specialty: Breast Surgery
Clinic: Swedish Cancer Institute

Motown as a base, with local favorites The Head and the Heart mixed in; Norah Jones for nervous patients and Lady Gaga to close out the day

Ralph Aye, M.D.
Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Clinic: Swedish Cancer Institute


Wilco playlist

Jay Rubinstein, M.D.
Specialty: Otolaryngology
Clinic: UW Medicine

Usually none; he needs to hear the facial nerve monitor

Tom Lendvay, M.D.
Specialty: Urology
Clinic: Seattle Children’s Hospital

None; it might be distracting to trainees

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