‘No Evidence of Disease’ is the phrase cancer patients hope to hear after completing stressful and sometimes grueling cancer treatment. The words are abbreviated to NED, which is also the name of a unique rock band doing amazing things for women with cancer. NED is made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons with great musical talent from across the US. They write and perform original rock and folk material to raise awareness of the cancers their patients suffer with.
Dr. Nimesh P. Nagarsheth plays the drums, keyboard, percussion and guitar and is an assistant professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as associate director of robotic surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He is also the author of “Music and Cancer: A Prescription for Healing”, and often lectures on the healing powers of music.
“Music is a form of communication,” said Nagarsheth, “and it is through this medium that we not only entertain, but through our music, we can get the word out, educate the public about these gynecologic cancers that are never talked about.”
All of the band members are trained musicians: Dr. John F Boggess from Chapel Hill, N.C., vocals, guitar and harmonica; Dr. Joanie M. Hope from Anchorage, Alaska, lead vocals and guitar; Dr. Will E. Winter from Portland, Ore., lead guitar and backing vocals; Dr. John T. Soper, also from Chapel Hill, mandolin, guitar and slide guitar; and Dr. William “Rusty” Robinson from New Orleans, bass and harmonica.
The band started off performing a one-off show and had such a great reaction that they continued to perform. They released two CDs called “No Evidence of Disease” and “Six Degrees”. There is also a documentary about the band called “Dancing with NED.”
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