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William Dawson

William Dawson

"I Can't Play Today Because..." Medical Problems Interfering With Students' Practice and Performance

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic discusses a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems that can affect students’ upper extremities (based on the speaker’s decades of hand and orthopaedic surgery practice). Attendees will also learn principles of recognizing and preventing these conditions, and strategies for facilitating students’ early and safe return to making music.

William Dawson - Biographical Information

William Dawson, M.D. has successfully combined careers in both music and medicine. He is a retired hand surgeon and Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. An internationally recognized physician and clinician, Dawson is the author of the book, “Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician’s Guide to Playing Healthy.” The author of more than 130 publications on performing arts medicine topics, he also has presented numerous clinics and lectures worldwide. He is the Immediate Past-President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and is the medical consultant to the International Double Reed Society and the Association of Concert Bands. A symphonic bassoonist and double-reed specialist for more than 50 years, Dr. Dawson has taught low reeds privately for 12 years in Chicago’s north suburbs; he belongs to MENC, IMEA, ACB and IDRS.