Some words from the Tour Doc

Some words from the Tour Doc

It has been my pleasure to serve as the doctor for the LA Phil for the last 15 years. It is a welcome respite from my day job. During my non-tour days I work as a busy pulmonary and internal medicine physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Many of my patients have life threatening illnesses. Incontrast, on tour most often I am dealing with common ailments such as bronchitis, sinusitis, aches and pains, cuts and gastroenteritis. There are the occasional more serious problems such as appendicitis, trauma and heart disease. When traveling domestically my job and preparation is quite simple as pharmacy and prescriptions are readily available. For international travel, I try to take most of the the medications we might need with us. Additionally I try to have foreign physicians available if needed. As a result of my experience, I have been giving a yearly lecture on travel related illness for the traveling musician at The Colburn School of Performing Arts. I like to refer to my tour travels as my vacation with 120 of my closest friends!