Music Therapy

History of the Music Therapy Program at University Hospitals

The Music Therapy Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center was established in 1984. After attending a cancer support group at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (formerly Ireland Cancer Center), Deforia Lane PhD, MT-BC presented an in-service to a small group of UH Seidman Cancer Center's social workers, nurses and radiation technicians. This was done in appreciation for their support to her during her treatment, and to inform them of the benefits of music therapy for patients with cancer and their families. At the request of the staff, Hillard Lazarus, MD, then Head of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, offered Deforia the opportunity to voluntarily provide music therapy to his patients. After one year, they would discuss how to proceed. Dr. Lazarus encouraged the American Cancer Society to support Dr. Lane's efforts and a $2,000 grant was awarded to her to study "The Therapeutic Effects of Music on Oncology Patients". Dr. Lane began to see patients four hours per week. Within six months, the responses of the patients and staff led to a full-time position.

Music therapy has expanded to three of the community hospitals, University Hospitals Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals, and University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. Nearly 70 music therapy interns have trained and served the University Hospitals system, providing a positive and significant impact on patients, staff and families.

Where We Offer Music Therapy

Music therapists at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center provide services in the following units at UH Seidman Cancer Center and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center:

  • All UH Seidman Cancer Center inpatient units
  • UH Seidman Cancer Center outpatient clinics and infusion areas
  • Neurological intensive care unit
  • Cardiac intensive care unit
  • Surgical intensive care unit
  • Neurological special care unit
  • Lerner Tower and Lakeside medical/surgical floors
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital
  • Hanna House Skilled Nursing Center
  • Cystic fibrosis unit
  • Dialysis unit
  • Palliative care service
  • Operating rooms


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