Healing Invisible Wounds With The Common Language of Music – Featuring Ukrainian Hospital Medical Director and Pianist Dr. Bohdan

In May 2024, Dr. Jarone Lee from Mass General Hospital Center for Global Health, and Global Response Medicine welcomed a Ukrainian of doctors to Boston for two weeks – to train, collaborate and build comradery for care on the frontlines. One of those physicians, Dr. Bohdan, asked if there was a piano he could play while visiting Boston. It turned out that it had been two years since he last played, which was just following the Russian invasion in February 2022. Along with colleagues at Berklee College of Music, Home Base cohosted a memorable performance and conversation about trauma and resilience in war, and how music is a common language that connects and heals people, across generations.


Many thanks to - Andrea Leiner, Dr. Steve Donnelly and Kelsey Gonzalez of the amazing organization Global Response Medicine, and your team for all you do to bring together the right people, from US Special Operators to Medical partners and staff from around the world, and of course for facilitating this unforgettable visit from our Ukrainian friends.

Thank you Dr. Jarone Lee of MGH Center for Global Health and Health Tech Without Borders for visiting Home Base and shining the light on acute medical need wherever it may be….

We are so grateful for our music-medicine partners in Boston – The Berklee Music and Health Institute, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, with special thanks Dr. Joy Allen and her team – Professor Brian Jantz, Clinical Director of Music Therapy Cynthia Koskela, and Christina Quarles. 

And of course thank you to Home Base Communications Director and Army Veteran Kelly Field.

For video content of this episode, stay tuned for YouTube version with cinematography and production by Luke Zvara. This episode was edited by Chuck Clough.


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