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Music and Mental Health

Thanks to generous funding from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Summa Health is broadening awareness and treatment of mental health through the use of music therapy. The Music and Mental Health program integrates music, an effective yet underutilized tool, to promote recovery in behavioral health patients. In partnership with the Akron Symphony, professional musicians perform weekly at group therapy sessions to help engage patients and facilitate communication. 

To kick off the program and highlight the power of music in enhancing mental health, renowned pianist and psychiatrist Richard M. Kogan, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center, explored the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors on the creative output through a one-of-a-kind lecture and piano performance at Summa Health System – Akron Campus in the Ann and David Brennan Critical Care Lobby on February 5.  A public performance with the Akron Symphony took place the following evening.

Dr. Kogan
Richard M. Kogan, MD
Cliniical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Event Details:

Music and Mental Health
A special presentation and free performance for clinicians
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Ann and David Brennan Critical Care Lobby
Summa Health System – Akron Campus

Explore the role of music in healing with Richard Kogan, MD, renowned pianist and psychiatrist, who brings professional insight and superb musicianship to the practice of medicine. The free lecture for clinicians is a prelude to Music and Mental Health, a weekly music therapy program coming to Summa Health in partnership with the Akron Symphony. 

To attend, please respond to Kathleen Livak, Department of Psychiatry, 330-379-5906.

Music and the Mind
8 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

Summa Health is proud to be a part of Music and the Mind, a talk and performance by renowned pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan, MD. He will speak about creativity and perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Akron Symphony, conducted by Christopher Wilkins. Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz also will be part of the evening’s program.

To purchase tickets to the Feb. 6 presentation at E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, go to, or call the ticket office at 330-535-8131. Mention "Summa" for a discounted rate.

The presentation by Dr. Kogan and Summa’s music therapy program are made possible
by a generous gift from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.


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