For Singing Surgeon At Mayo Clinic, Music Is Medicine


I’M IMPRESSED. HE GOT IT. WAY TO GO, COOPER. FIVE MONTHS OLD. A MINNESOTA SURGEON IS GOING VIRAL. IT IS NOT FOR HIS MEDICINE BUT FOR HIS MUSIC. ♪ BUT I CAN’T HELP BUT FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU ♪ ♪ . ELVIS IS AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON IN ROCHESTER. KATE RADDATZ CAUGHT UP WITH THE SURGEON TO GET THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG. ♪ ♪ . FOR ELVIS FRANCOIS, MUSIC AND SURGERY GO HAND IN HAND. IT IS SEPARATE FROM EVERY DAY. LONG BEFORE HE DISCOVERED HE HAD A GIFT OF A VOICE, HE KNEW HE WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE. SINCE I WAS MAYBE FOO FIVE OR SIX, THE FIRST THING I EVER WANTED TO DO WAS GO INTO MEDICINE. Reporter: MUSIC FINDS ITS WAY INTO EVERY DAY. MUSIC HAS A MEDICINAL QUALITY TO IT. IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING TOO GOOD, MUSIC CAN BE SOMETHING THAT SOOTHES YOU. Reporter: HE STARTED POSTING VIDEOS OF HIM SINGING THAT HAVE BLOWN UP ONLINE. WE MET THE SINGING SURGEON ON HIS BREAK. ARE YOU GOING TO SING FOR US A LITTLE BIT? Reporter: DRESSED IN A LAB COAT, HE SANG STANDBY ME. ♪ I WON’T BE AFRAID. I WON’T SHED A TEAR ♪ ♪ . WITH A FELLOW DOCTOR ON THE PIANO, CROWD OF PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES QUICKLY GATHERED AROUND. PARENTS OF SICK CHILDREN HAVE MESSAGED HIM, TELLING HIM HIS SONGS GAVE THEM COURAGE. HEARING THOSE STORIES, I THINK HAS BEEN THE MOST, SORT OF PRESSING PART IN WHAT I REALLY ENJOYED THE MOST ABOUT THINGS. DON’T EXPECT HIM TO TRADE SCRUBS FOR A MICROPHONE. SINGING MAKES HIM A BETTER DOCTOR AND MUSIC CAN BE MEDICINE. NOW THAT I CAN SHARE THAT WITH PEOPLE, I’M HAPPY TO DO SO, AS LONG AS IT MAKES PEOPLE’S DAYS BETTER. KATE RADDATZ, WCCO 4 NEWS. I THINK IT IS A LITTLE BETTER THAN PRETTY GOOD. IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING ABOUT THE NAME, ELVIS’S MOM NAMED HIM AFTER ELVIS. A LOT OF HIS FAMILY IS IN HAITI. THEY LOVE WATCHING HIS VIDEOS AND SEEING HIS SUCCESS. HE IS SO GOOD, HE COULD BE IN ONE OF THE SINGING COMPETITIONS. HE IS REALLY GOOD. THINK HE COULD BE SINGING DURING THE WEATHER? PUT ME OUT OF A JOB. A LITTLE BIT OF STANDBY ME ON THE SPOT.

31 thoughts on “For Singing Surgeon At Mayo Clinic, Music Is Medicine

  1. What an awesome orthopedic resident. He must be fun to work with in the Operating Room. You would not need a radio, just the fun orthopedic resident. Awesome idea!

  2. They say that Music is the "Best Medicine"! Its the truth!! I love the fact that they are helping and treating people with their music!! God has definitely bestowed music and a pure heart on the two doctors!! And… might I just say, "They're rather good looking too!!

  3. He needs to perform without the man playing without the piano. He sounds phenomenal without him playing-truky he is a child of GOD with that anointed voice.

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