Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Musical Genius and Psychiatric Illness
 Date: 5/1/2009      Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Place: P&S Alumni Auditorium

Speaker: Richard Kogan, MD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry
Assistant Attending Psychiatrist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Description: *Adult Psychiatry Grand Rounds*


Dr. Richard Kogan has had an active career as both a concert pianist and a psychiatrist. His mother, a music teacher, recognized his musical talent when he was only 4 years old and got him started on piano lessons. He studied piano at the Juilliard School from ages 6 to 18. But music wasn't the only influence in his life. His father was a gastroenterologist and took Richard with him on medical rounds. Because of this exposure to medicine, he decided to attend Harvard College rather than a music conservatory, where the focus would have been almost exclusively on music. After that, Kogan decided to go to Harvard Medical School and become a physician.

The dean of Harvard Medical School created a special five-year schedule that allowed him to travel and play concerts between medical clerkships. Today, Dr. Kogan often melds his two passions—psychiatry and classical music—in intriguing ways. He has delved into the lives of some of the great classical music composers to see how their psychiatric illnesses or psychological issues might have influenced their musical output.

He has been praised for his “exquisite playing” by the New York Times. He won first prize in the Chopin Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation and has performed throughout the world as a recitalist and orchestral soloist. He has been a frequent chamber music collaborator with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

He has a private practice in New York City and is director of the Human Sexuality Program at Weill-Cornell Medical School.