Member Spotlight: Dr. Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine
Dr. Joanne Loewy is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine link, which among many populations is serving musicians and their unique ailments including chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. The Center also provides specialty treatment for children with developmental disorders such as attention deficit and pervasive developmental delays, and adults with Cancer, COPD and children with asthma.
Joanne received her doctorate from NYU and the same year, started the music therapy program at Beth Israel in 1994. Dr Loewy has conducted research in sedation, assessment, pain, asthma and NICU music therapy. Her areas of specialty are assessment, hermeneutic research, trauma and supervision. Dr. Loewy is the co-Editor in Chief of the peer reviewed journal Music and Medicine and serves on several music and medicine editorial boards including the Cochran Palliative Care review and the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Loewy has edited several books including Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, and she co-edited Music Therapy at End of Life and Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and the new Integrative Music, the Breath and Health: Advances in Integrative Music Therapy (see links below). Currently, she is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine and guest lectures at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Molloy College, and in the Hahnemann Creative Arts Therapy graduate music therapy program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. To see Joanne Loewy's blog on the Therapy Times click here.
On August 2, 3, and 4th, 2010 Loewy and her team at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine hosted: First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby (RBL): An International Summit for NICU Music Therapy. This invitational Summit included 40 doctors, nurses, music therapists and psychologists who are working in the NICU. They will begin developing an international alliance and plan for training international practitioners in NICU music therapy.
Joanne will receive the Special Music Award from the Heather on Earth Music Foundation at the Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills, NY on August 31, 2010 Event PDF.
In May, the 2010 Healthcare Education Award from the Society of Arts in Healthcare recognized Dr. Joanne Loewy's longstanding dedication and influential contributions to team building to the field of music therapy.
"Music and Medicine" Editor in Chief, Joanne Loewy and SAGE received the "New Magazines and Journals" Award of the APEX 22nd Annual Award for Publication Excellence Competition.
On September 20th at 6PM the LOUIS ARMSTRONG CENTER FOR MUSIC & MEDICINE will host their awards gala: “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD” honoring Dave Brubeck, renowned jazz pianist, icon and composer, Daphne Ridley, RN, MA, nurse manager for orthopedics at Beth Israel Medical Center, and Kimberly Sue, an honor student and actress, and Carefusion as this year's recipients. The honorees will be feted at a cocktail reception/silent auction 6 to 9 pm, at Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center Nerken Family Atrium in Manhattan . The annual awards ceremony celebrates health care advocates, music legends and patients. A performance by members of the cast of the Broadway production of “Wicked” will be among the evening’s musical treats. Dancer-choreographer Mercedes Ellington will preside as mistress of ceremonies.
The evening will feature a silent auction of musical, sport, entertainment and travel packages that will benefit the Armstrong Center’s clinical services to those in need, including musicians, infants in the NICU, children with HIV and asthma, as well as adults with cancer, COPD and heart disease. The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program at Beth Israel, established 17 years ago as part of the jazz legend’s legacy, was the foundation for the expanded programs of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, created in 2005. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine is made possible by a generous gift from the David B. Kriser Foundation and through the estate of John H. Slade, directed to Beth Israel from the late hospital trustee Richard Netter, and with additional support from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and the Heather on Earth Music Foundation. The Louis Armstrong Center is located at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East, between 14th and 15th Streets in Manhattan.
For more information about What a Wonderful World Awards, the programs and services offered by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, please call 212-420-2704 or check out its website at www.musicandmedicine.org. You can also view this event and a PDF Invitation on our LOCAL EVENTS page.
Links to Books and Journals:
• "Music and Medicine" SAGE Publications Joanne V. Loewy (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
• Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
• Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain Joanne V. Loewy (Editor)
• Music Therapy in the NICU Joanne V. Loewy (Editor)
• Music Therapy at End of Life Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC and Joanne Loewy, DA, MT-BC
• Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma Joanne V. Loewy (Editor), Andrea Frisch Hara (Editor)
• Integrative Music, the Breath and Health: Advances in Integrative Music Therapy Ronit Azoulay (Editor), Joanne V. Loewy (Editor)
• Joanne Loewy's blog on the Therapy Times