PAMA Notes - June 2020

Board Election Results Are In

Meet your new 2020-21 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Lucinda Halstead, MD - President
Associate Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Lucinda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at MUSC. She received her MD degree from George Washington University and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in the Combined Tufts University – Boston University Residency Program.
Dr. Halstead’s interests in laryngology, voice, performing arts medicine, swallowing and pediatric otolaryngology led her to found the MUSC Voice Center in 1987. In 2000, the Voice Center expanded and she became the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Halstead is the laryngologist for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA and directed the Spoleto Symposium: Medicine in the Vocal Arts for 20 years. She publishes and lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of vocal health, disorders of the singing voice, singing voice dystonia, laryngopharyngeal reflux disorders, pediatric performing voice issues and pediatric voice and swallowing disorders. She is a member of the board of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Voice and is a member of The Voice Foundation, Colligium Medicorum Theatri , and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, amongst others.

Jason Hu, MD - President-Elect
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens/ Weill Cornell Medicine
Queens, New York

Dr. Jason Hu is an Interventional Physiatrist and the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Queens. He is a Clinical Instructor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. At NYP Queens, he worked to grow the PM&R division, he started the interventional pain management program, he is vice-chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee, he is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and he is the founder and chair of the LGBTQ Steering Committee. He is also the site director of the NYP Weill Cornell/ Queens Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Hu grew up in Queens, New York, the most diverse county in America, and possibly the world. Being engulfed in this diverse environment at an early age, Dr. Hu has a huge admiration and appreciation for different cultures. Dr. Hu speaks (and sings in) English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. While he is a New Yorker through and through, having attended the competitive Stuyvesant High School, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City University of New York Medical School, and New York Medical College; Dr. Hu also had the fortune to spend some of his time training in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins for his Internship in Internal Medicine, and in Chicago at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/ Northwestern University (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab) for his Musculoskeletal Sports and Spine Fellowship. But it was his PM&R residency training at NYP (University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell) that informed his decision to return to New York and the hospital system that has professionally shaped him the most, so he can give back to his community.  He has been awarded several honors and research awards during his career and was identified as an influential community leader of Queens in 2016.

Dr. Hu is proud to be a part of a multi-disciplinary practice where he consults with colleagues to provide well rounded care for his patients.  His practice includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, performing arts medicine, sports medicine, interventional spine procedures, and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Dr. Hu has been a recreational dancer for over 3 decades, and has included singing in his performances since college. He is also a yogi, a triathlete, and a sometimes marathoner.
Dr. Hu has been involved with PAMA for many years having been a presenter at previous symposiums, and has served as Program Co-Chair for the 35th Annual PAMA International Symposium and Membership Committee Chair.

John Chong, MD, FRCPC - Treasurer
Musicians' Clinics of Canada
Hamilton, ON Canada

Clay Miller, MD, MFA - Secretary
Sports Medicine North
Peabody, Massachusetts

Ralph Manchester, MD - Immediate Past President
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York


Melody Hrubes, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

J. Matt McCrary, PhD
Clinical Research Officer, UNSW Sydney
NSW, Australia

Boni Rietveld, MD, PhD, BA (mus)
Honorary President Dutch Performing Arts Medicine Association (NVDMG)
The Hague, Netherlands

Jeff Russell, PhD, ATC, FIADMS
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio


Paul Schaefer, MD
HealthPartners/Courage Kenny Rehab Associates
Twin Cities, Minnesota

Malcolm Taw, MD, FACP
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM)
Westlake, California


2020 PAMA Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all those who attended the PAMA Annual General Meeting on Zoom this past Saturday, June 20. This was a new format for the organization. For the past 38 years we have held our annual meetings in person. While we prefer to be able to engage our members on a more personal level, face-to-face, we were able to successfully conduct the business meeting virtually this year. We hope to see our members next year in New York.

The annual financial report was presented and an independent audit was conducted. This showed no exceptions or concerns.

Members may contact Julie Massaro at for copies of any of the current financial reports.

Get Involved - Call for Committee Members

You can make a difference by getting involved with PAMA through serving on a committee. Though the time commitment may be small, the gratitude and satisfaction you will receive are large.

Here are the committees in current need of new members:

  • Membership - help grow the PAMA Membership while motivating member retention and increasing member benefits
  • Education - work on the quality of education presented at the annual symposium as well as regional meetings and online educational offerings
  • Research - help members maintain a high level of research processes and procedures
  • Young Professionals - join other young professionals to grow the performing arts medicine professionalism
  • Development - grow a legacy for the association

For more information about any of these committees or to join a committee, contact Julie Massaro at

PAMA breaks attendance records with the online Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine certificate course! We have over 230 attendees currently participating in the course which wraps up on July 31. After attending, participants will be able to display their certificate of attendance showing the additional expertise they acquired. This content rich course is still available to you.

Thanks to all of the PAMA contributors that have made this course a success and a special shout out and huge thank you to the co-chairs of the group Clay Miller and Bronwen Ackermann and Matt McCrary who kept everyone on deadline!  Thank you all!
It is not too late to register!
Register Here


As we come to the end of what would have been our 38th Annual International Symposium in New Orleans, please take a look at this article from Vanity Fair which clearly describes why we were unable to meet there. We hope this brings clarity to our membership as to the vital role health care for performers will make in re-booting New Orleans. We need the expertise of all of you!

Read Vanity Fair Article



PAMA would like to acknowledge the pain, grief and anger many within the performing arts and healthcare communities are feeling in reaction to the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests, both peaceful and violent, across the country and around the world. We know these traumas are especially impactful for our African American and Black identified colleagues – who are already in the midst of dealing with a pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color. PAMA stands with you and will continue to work towards providing equitable access to healthcare services for all performing artists.


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