A unique band of five gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country, N.E.D. is taking healing and the arts to a new level. Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, they saw the potential to reach women in a powerful way – through music. What was started as a novelty meant to entertain, has turned into a powerful awareness movement to give a voice to women effected by gynecologic cancers.
N.E.D. or ‘No Evidence of Disease’, are the words every cancer patient wants to hear. The cornerstone of N.E.D.’s Mission is education and awareness. They have released two albums of original music, that have received critical acclaim. Their songs are designed to empower women, give them hope and to break the silence surrounding gynecologic cancers.
John Boggess, M.D. — Vocals, Guitar
Dr. Boggess is a world renowned surgeon & Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Fellowship Program Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
“It’s not so much that we’re trying to cure cancer with this effort… I think even if you can’t cure the problem, if people feel connected and understood they sure feel a lot stronger and a lot better supported.”
Robert Burger, M.D. — Bass
Dr. Burger is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Clinical Research and Fellowship Training Program, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Music, laughter and compassion go hand in hand with medicine and surgery in the care of our patients.”
Gizelka David-West, M.D. - Vocals
Dr. David-West is a gynecologic oncologist at Westchester Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College.
“Our patients give up so much of themselves as their cancer journey begins. What I hope to do with our cause is give them back pieces of themselves through the healing art of music.”
Nimesh Nagarsheth, M.D. — Drums, Percussion
Dr. Nagarsheth is on faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey.
“You can learn a lot from patients with cancer. And they see the world in a way that’s much different from the way that someone else sees the world.”
William Winter, M.D. — Guitar
Dr. Winter is a gynecologic oncologist at Compass Oncology in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
“Medicine is not all science. Medicine is an art, surgery is an art. Taking care of a cancer patient is an art. There is a lot of art in medicine, as well as music, so I think it really parallels in terms of what I do in the operating room.”