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At the University of South Florida, research and clinical faculty from across departments and colleges have met since 2008 to unite intersecting interests. The Collaborative invites community experts and practitioners to work together toward promoting Performing Arts Medicine research and practice.

USF-PAMC held the first, second, and third Southeast Regional Conferences in March 2014, 2015, and June 2018. The USF conferences drew internationally renowned keynote speakers, health professionals, artists, practitioners, and educators from the region, the nation, and abroad. These conferences' high visibility and success have demonstrated USF’s leadership in this multidisciplinary collaboration of the arts, medicine, and research in performing arts medicine. The International PAMA recognized USF-PAMA with the 2017 PAMA Service Award. A significant publication, Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Springer Publishers, Inc. 2020) has become a high demand new literature in the field. 


Promote research, application, education and professional development in the performing arts medicine.


  1. Facilitate healthcare and pedagogy in performing arts.
  2. Support inter-professional research in performing arts medicine.
  3. Provide opportunities for the exchange of information between performing arts and      healthcare professionals.
  4. Serve the community at large with clinics and workshops.
Dr. Lee works with a student at the piano.


  • Sixty plus professional members from USF and Tampa Bay Community.
  • Sixty plus student chapter members from across disciplines.
  • Recipient of the 2017 International PAMA Service Award.
  • Publication: Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine Practice: A  Multidisciplinary Approach by Springer Publishers (2020).
  • New courses and certificate programs offered in Dance, Music, Judy Genshaft Honors College, and College of Public Health.
  • Numerous research publications in prestigious scientific journals by the USF-PAMC members.
  • Numerous research presentations in international academic societies by the USF-PAMC members.
  • First Prize in Poster Presentation at 2021 International PAMA Conference.
  • Hosted Visiting Scholars from South Korea and Austria.

Upcoming USF Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative Events 

The fourth USF Performing Arts Medicine Conference is rescheduled to be held on March 25-27, 2022, at the Barness Recital Hall and USF Concert Hall. With a theme, Inspiring Health in the Arts, it will be an important gathering of interdisciplinary professionals in Performing Arts Medicine. With an emphasis on sharing research and practice, this conference will feature preeminent keynote speakers, researchers, and practitioners from the larger international performing arts medicine community.

Keynote Speakers

“Unleashing Musical Potential Through Mindfulness”

Author of the acclaimed book, The Art of Practicing, New York City based pianist Madeline Bruser has taught musicians from six continents, both in person and online. Her distinct approach helps musicians to release physical and mental tension to transform their playing and expressive capacities. Her book has sold more than 85,000 copies in English and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Italian. Her popular Art of Practicing Institute summer program provides in-depth, immersive group learning. Madeline has served on the Committee for Pianists‘ Wellness for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and has been a guest presenter at the MetArt World Congress on Arts and Medicine and at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She will be a featured speaker at a Performing Arts Medicine Association conference in March. Madeline has served on the Adjunct Piano Faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, and at New School University. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1977 when she sought it out to gain more relaxation and confidence  in performance.  Madeline can be reached at

ALAN LOCKWOOD, MD, FAAN, FANA, Neurologist, Oberlin, Ohio
Health and Performing Arts: Legacy.” 

Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN, FANA, has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility for over three decades, is a past president of PSR, and currently serves as a member of PSR’s board of directors. Dr. Lockwood is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the University at Buffalo. He is an elected Fellow of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Lockwood is the author of more than 200 publications on diverse scientific topics, including hepatic encephalopathy, medical problems of musicians, functional imaging of the auditory system and tinnitus, medical ethics, and environmental toxicants. He was the lead author of PSR’s report Coal’s Assault on Human Health. Dr. Lockwood is also the author of two peer-reviewed books on health and the environment, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health (2012, MIT Press), and Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet (2016, MIT Press). Dr. Lockwood received his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and was trained in Neurology at the University of California San Francisco and can be reacehd at

Applying Biopsychosocial Injury Prevention Strategies to All Genres of Dance.”

Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS is Director of the Harkness Center for    Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. Prior to her current appointment, she headed the Dance Medicine Services for The Joffrey Ballet while serving as Supervisor of Sports Physical Therapy at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital and Instructor of Kinesiology at Columbia University. Dr. Liederbach is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in biomechanics and ergonomics. She has provided backstage therapy for hundreds of dancers, dance companies, and Broadway shows and has authored numerous papers and chapters and lectured internationally on topics about the prevention and care of sports and dance injuries. Dr. Liederbach has long served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, the National Advisory Committee for the American Physical Therapy Association's Performing Arts Practice Analysis, and the DanceUSA Task Force on Dancer Health. She is also an elected Affiliate Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a Founding Member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and Chair of its Standard Measures Consensus Initiative. Before her career in Dance Medicine, Dr. Liederbach danced professionally for many years and worked as a choreographer. Her critically acclaimed work has been shown in Europe and throughout the United States. In 2010, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Dance Library of Israel by Broadway sensation Ben Vereen. She can be reached at


JAN KAGARIS, CEO and the primary clinician, Musician’s Wellness of North America, L.L.C. The Legendary Trombonist Ralph Sauer writes, Kagarice has made a career out of teaching some of the very healthiest trombone players from around the world as part of the trombone faculty at the University of North Texas, but has also made a specialty out of helping those who had been injured or needed to overcome some form of limitation. Jan is no stranger to medical issues, and resolving them to continue to play trombone is part of her character. In the same way, performing as the bass trombonist of the successful PRISMA trombone quartet helped her to coach several award-winning trombone quartets from UNT. Part of a team of teachers, a concept growing among applied studios at upper-division institutions, Jan’s diverse experiences as a musician and a human being have sharpened and deepened her to help others-which she seems to love to do. So come along as Jan Kagarice shows Seven Position something about teamwork, keeping it simple, and staying healthy. Karen Lynn Marston (Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, 2011) analyzed the teaching of Jan Kagaris in her doctoral dissertation “to construct and codify a cohesive framework for effective brass teaching which can serve as an exemplar for the community-at-large.” 

She goes on to say that “ Kagarice has also been documented as successfully rehabilitating musicians who have been diagnosed with the maladaptive disorder Focal Task-Specific Embouchure Dystonia (FTSED), so an additional aim was to increase knowledge and awareness of the types of behaviors and practices which may lead to this condition. She concludes Kagaris’ pedagogy as “…a synthesis of the cognitive, affective, physical, and social learning domains.”