There are a lot of sounds in hospitals. The beeping of the pulse ox machine. The drone of the ventilator. Warning chimes for IVs that need attention. The endless overhead announcements.
And if you’re near the operating rooms at Akron Children’s Hospital, you might also hear the sounds of U2 or the country strains of Brad Paisley filling the air.
While some of our surgeons prefer to operate in silence, many also believe that music adds a relaxing vibe to what can be a stressful work environment.
The types of music our surgeons enjoy are just as varied as the pediatric subspecialties they represent. Dr. Murthy happens to be a big ‘80s fan, regularly listening to the music of Al Green, Bob Marley and Prince.
“I personally love to listen to Pandora radio. I usually start off the day with something fun like Michael Jackson, or Black Eyed Peas,” he said. “Through the middle of the day, I like U2 or Whitney Houston. I almost always end with Billy Ocean.”
“I really cannot operate without my U2 playing,” said Handler. “I’ve been a U2 fan (groupie of sorts) since the late 1980s and I play U2 95 percent of the time in the OR. I don’t know what I’d do without my four Irish rock stars. I’d have to quit operating.”
“My favorite artist is Brad Paisley,” said Dr. Adamczyk. “I have always studied, read, worked out and worked with music. It relaxes me and provides a nice background.”
Dr. Jones agrees, saying music encourages a positive work environment and helps to decrease unnecessary stress. He cites the Zac Brown Band as his current favorite.
Pediatric neurosurgeon Roger Hudgins also likes the calming effect of music in the OR.
“I focus better with music playing softly in the background,” Dr. Hudgins said. “I like all types of music but mostly jazz, especially Miles Davis.”
“I like many types of music,” Dr. Hertle said. “It contributes to a relaxing environment while remaining professional.”
“For me, silence is golden,” said Dr. Crow.