Our Keynote Speaker

Lisa M. Wong, MD
Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS


Healing the Community Through Music -
It Takes a Village

Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician, musician and educator. She will share her thoughts about the critical role that music plays in the healthy life of the developing child and students of all ages and discuss the many key players who are enhancing our knowledge in the field.

More about Dr. Wong: Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician, musician, and arts education advocate. A graduate of Harvard University and NYU School of Medicine, she trained in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wong plays violin and viola in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. She served as President for over twenty years, and helped create its “Healing Art of Music Program” in 1991. This program has benefited over 50 medical nonprofits in the greater Boston area. As a cofounder of BACH, Boston Arts Consortium for Health, she has joined with artists and scholars from most of Boston's major health and educational institutions who share her passion. Dr. Wong is a co-founder and assistant co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and an advisor to Berklee College of Music's new Music + Health Institute. She serves on several boards, including Conservatory Lab Charter School and New England Foundation for the Arts and is currently interim Executive Director of A Far Cry, a Boston-based innovative conductorless string ensemble.
 
Dr. Wong has practiced at Milton Pediatrics since 1986. She was a visiting scholar in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014, and received an honorary doctorate in education from Wheelock College in 2016.  Her book Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine was published in 2012.