Despite her name, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Divya Singh is not a singer. (Singh is derived from the Sanskrit word for lion.) But music plays an important role in her operating room, even before she begins surgery.
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Watch a video of inside Dr. Singh’s musical O.R.:
Dr. Singh’s OR Playlist (selections from 700 songs):
|Tom Traubert’s Blues||Tom Waits|
|Pink Cadillac||Bruce Springsteen|
|Dance Away||Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music|
|The Guns of Brixton||The Clash|
|A Rush of Blood to the Head||Coldplay|
|Try a little Tenderness||The Commitments|
|Black & Blue||Counting Crows|
|Italian Plastic||Crowded House|
|Ringa Ringa||Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack|
|Jai Ho||Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack|
|Rebellion (Lies)||Arcade Fire|
|Keep the Car Running||Arcade Fire|
|The Suburbs||Arcade Fire|
|Chain of Fools||Aretha Franklin|
|The Love Cats||The Cure|
The Breeders’ “Cannonball” is played in Dr. Singh’s operating room! Here’s the song at South by Southwest in 2008:
Music used in this piece: “A Taste of Honey” by The Beatles, “Tom Traubert’s Blues” by Tom Waits, “Cannonball” by The Breeders, “Speak to me/Breathe” and “Brain Damage” by by Pink Floyd.
Special thanks to Group Health Cooperative for access to the operating room.
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