Playing The Pain Away

When Michael Hamilton began playing guitar three years ago he had dreams of, one day, playing in front of large, adoring crowds. After taking his guitar to UCSF Medical Center, though, Michael saw how much more powerful an audience of one could be.

Michael Hamilton, you could say, comes from a medical family. Every member of his immediate family has had, or is planning on a career in medicine (that's two doctors, two nurses, and a prospective medical student).

Michael, however, chose a legal career - he's an attorney at a pharmaceutical company. And while his expertise is in the field of health care, he doesn't have direct contact with patients. Until he plays guitar for them on the weekends at the University of California at San Francisco.

To see how Michale is helping patients feel better, watch Garvin Thomas' story above.

If you would like to volunteer for the Music Is Good Medicine Program, please contact:
Pegi Walker, Staff Chaplain/Music Is Good Medicine Program Coordinator
(415)353-1941 or

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