Ron Hirschberg

Ron Hirschberg

Biography

Dr. Ron Hirschberg is a physician who specializes in neurological and trauma functional recovery, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the PM&R Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Outside of the medical school, Dr. Hirschberg founded the division of Arts and Neuroscience at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2016, demonstrating ongoing music-medicine scientific collaborations with critically acclaimed artists such as Ben Folds and Beth Nielsen Chapman. He is a lifelong songwriter, piano player, and has written and produced three albums, including the 2016 Acadia National Park documentary, Second Century Stewardship. Currently, he is a host of the Boston-based podcast, Above The Basement, that discusses music as it relates to social justice, health and wellness, education and how music is a fundamental language we share. 2016-2017, Dr. Hirschberg began working at Home Base Program for Veterans and Families as a consultant to work with post-9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injury. The complexities of TBI and PTSD dual diagnosis were impressed upon him greatly, and the need for ongoing work – especially in non-pharmacological treatment for these debilitating conditions – became clear. Ongoing research work includes collaborative songwriting intervention (CSI) along with Songwriting With: Soldiers, as well as neurologic music therapy for gait in multiple sclerosis.