Although the Miller Healthcare Institute for Performing Artists is no longer in business, there is no doubt that this prestigious medical center left its mark. It was established in 1985 as the first medical center in the nation to solely cater to performing artists. It started at the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital in the city of New York in New York state. The center would not have been established were it not for The Kathryn and Gilbert Miller Fund which provided a generous grant.
The medical center's goal was to provide a range of healthcare services to the performing arts community and its affiliates. Some of the specialty care services that were offered included alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and various types of massage, as well as nutrition and speech language pathology, among many others.
The center offered extensive services at its facility, including complete lab work and full x-rays. All services were performed by appropriate specialists who had the required training and skills so that they would be able to master the highly sophisticated equipment. The center had the ability to test, diagnose as well as treat a number of medical issues and was in the process of completing a list of experienced physicians that would be able to provide medical services to performers on the road.
The medical center was known for its many unique features. The unique design and layout would not have been made possible were it not for a grant from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. The facility featured a cutting edge voice lab like no other and a physical therapy gymnasium. In addition, a performance evaluation studio that contained intricate tracking devices was also available on site.
The medical center featured a highly respected group of professionals that included top internists, medical experts and therapists. They were carefully selected to ensure familiarity with and full understanding of the occupation of the patients.
Mitchell Kahn, a Doctor of Medicine, was the Director and provider of a number of medical services. He holds years of experience with the practice of internal medicine that is specifically catered to treating professional entertainers. His highly impressive resume included experience as a physician of Internal Medicine at Columbia University. In addition, he also serves as the Director of Medicine at the Metropolitan Opera.
Philip Bauman, a Doctor of Medicine, served as the Orthopedic Surgeon. His area of specialty included providing medical care for any injury that was in relation to ballet and theater productions. In addition, he also provided services as an Orthopedist Consultant to numerous companies outside of the medical center.
Anthony Jahn, a Doctor of Medicine, was a highly skilled Otolaryngologist who has given a number of speeches and authored numerous reports relating to the ears and the voice. In addition, he also held positions as a Professor at both Columbia University and the Westminster Choir College outside of the medical center.
Lillie Rosenthal was a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine who provided physical medical and rehabilitation services. She is a board certified physiatrist who specialized in treating a wide range of disorders. She practiced osteopathic manipulative therapy concentrating on prevention.