Philadelphia's musical doctors set to take stage and help take on Juvenile Diabetes

Dr. Suzanne Brown

April 30, 2012 6:50:52 AM PDT
This Sunday, doctors from throughout the area will gather in Philadelphia. But it won't be a medical meeting.

Instead, they'll rock the Electric Factory for a good cause. One of them happens to be a rising stars on the Philadelphia music scene.

By day, cardiologist Suzanne Brown looks for irregular heartbeats in her practice with Einstein Healthcare. In her off hours, she works to a different beat, as singer-songwriter Suzie Brown.

As a child, there was always music in her home, but it wasn't until college when Suzie got into a singing group, that her passion to sing caught fire.

"It was a life-changing experience," Dr. Suzanne Brown told Action News. "You know, singing that way made me feel things I had never felt before."

Through medical school and in practice, Suzie sang and played guitar for herself until she was at a wedding rehearsal dinner, and friends talked her into performing.

"The whole tent went completely silent when I started singing, and I was shocked."

Suddenly, Suzie had a musical career.

"By December, I think I played 10 shows that month."

Since then, Suzie has opened for Lyle Lovett and other top artists. She released an album, Heart Strings, last year, along with a music video.

On Sunday, April 29th, she'll sing in the "Rockin' Docs for a Diabetes Cure" concert. Other bands that include doctors will also perform.

Suzie says balancing the two very different worlds is a challenge.

"I get in hospital mode, and I'm in my much more stoic... you know 'Suzie doctor' mode. And then to go have to pour out my heart in my song is really difficult."

So this concert-for-a-cause is perfect.

"It's one of the few times where I can combine music and medicine."

Proceeds from the concert go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The concert is open to everyone. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.