Things to do with a music degree (1): Become a neurosurgeon

February 10, 2018 by norman lebrecht


Fascinating story on about David John Yeh, who won his first degree in violin performance at the University of New Orleans, before retaining as a brain and spinal surgeon.

And, yes: he still plays.

Read here.

Comments (7)

  1. esfir ross says:

    Gerald Moore wrote: “Being a pianist’s very difficult. If you something easier-become a brain surgeon”

    1. Sue says:

      Well, many who contribute here are Rocket Scientists so why not!!!

  2. Ruben Greenberg says:

    I knew a neuro-surgeon who was fond of saying: “I’m an amateur violinist and a professional neuro-surgeon and it’s just as well it’s not the other way around.”

  3. Petros Linardos says:

    Alan Greenspan studied for a year the clarinet at (the reguarly bashed here) Julliard.

    1. Jim says:

      We’d all be better off if he’d stuck with the clarinet.

  4. Jeanne Swack says:

    My brain surgeon plays the violin. I thought of that as a bonus.

  5. Sharon says:

    Neurosurgery requires extremely delicate and precise fingerwork. Violin and/or piano training might be the perfect prerequisite!

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