Off Label's Shira Doron on the unlikely confluence of medicine and rock and roll

August 09, 2017

Off Label's Shira Doron explains how a group of Boston doctor's (and one high-tech exec) combine their love of music and their careers to spread good vibes throughout the Boston area.  In the medical world, the term "off label" means when a drug is prescribed for a condition other than that for which it has been officially approved.  For the band Off Label, music is the connective tissue among its five members and a therapeutic "off label" drug which can improve physical and mental health.  

Patient plays saxophone with heart while waiting for a new one

August 25, 2016

On Tuesday, August 23rd, we had the honor and privilege of giving the gift of music to a patient at Tufts Medical Center. Check out this WCVB News video to learn the amazing story about Marty Phillips, and see him ripping it up on saxophone with Off Label backing him up.

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Arnold P. Gold Foundation honors late Off Label bandmate, Dr. Michael Davidson

October 28, 2015

On October 27th, our late band mate, Dr. Michael Davidson, was posthumously awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award was presented at the Gold Foundation's Boston area gala, held at WGBH Studios. 

Michael's wife, Dr. Terri Halperin, accepted the award and talked about letters she had received from Michael’s patients who emphasized not only his technical skill, but also his never-ending compassion. The tribute to Mike ended in celebration as Off Label performed for the attendees. Watch the video to see Dr. Dan Wiener pay tribute to Mike, followed by a performance by Off Label, and the acceptance of the posthumous award by Dr. Terri Halperin.

Concert honoring Dr. Mike Davidson just plain rocks

September 28, 2015

The Rock Like Mike benefit concert held over the weekend at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston was a rockin’ good event in honor of an amazing guy — the late Dr. Mike Davidson.

While Mike’s life was taken tragically by murder in January at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Mike’s friends and family are moving forward by celebrating his life and spirit. The concert raised money for the Davidson Family Fund. People danced the night away, occasionally pausing to shed a tear or a memory of Mike. Over 600 tickets were sold for the event.


Click the button below to watch videos from the evening, including tributes from friends and co-workers, patient testimonials, and musical performances by Off Label:

Off Label prepares for Rock Like Mike benefit concert

September 01, 2015

To know Michael Davidson was to be in awe of him. He had an incredible breadth of interests at which he excelled: cardiac surgery, flying glider planes, fly fishing, cooking and of course, fatherhood. He approached each new challenge with unequaled passion and commitment. So it came as no surprise to any of us that Mike could play guitar like nobody's business - ripping out killer solos without ever having taken a lesson. Mike was a member of Off Label for three and a half years, and part of a larger musical family including other musicians from the town of Wellesley and the Boston medical community.  

In January, Mike was tragically murdered at work by the relative of one of his patients. Rock Like Mike, to be held at The Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, September 26th, is a benefit concert that has been conceived and organized by members of Mike’s musical family as a tribute to our fallen friend, bandmate and colleague. Those who knew Mike or wished they had are invited to join us for this celebration of a life well lived. To paraphrase his mentor Andy Eisenhauer, we should all aspire to ‘be like Mike’.


For one night, let's all get together and Rock Like Mike.

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