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Physician Playlists: Kelly Wright, MD


Kelly Wright, MD

A great soundtrack can bring everything together. In labs, preparation areas and sometimes even the operating room, music can help a team focus, build camaraderie and set the right mood. We're highlighting physicians and their favorite playlists. This week’s subject is Kelly Wright, MD, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

"It may surprise some that my surgery playlist and my running playlist are the same," said Wright.

She’s a nine-time marathoner and one of the first 1,000 people in the world to complete the World Marathon Majors circuit, a series of the six most celebrated races in the world.

"I think surgery demands the same type of training that marathoning does: endurance, muscle memory, precision and skill. A good playlist with a low, constant beat, minor tones and a rising chorus keeps me focused on the long road (or surgery) ahead," she said.

Many of her colleagues agree. More than one doctor we asked to share their playlist with us said they like to listen to Wright's list on Spotify.

Her favorite playlist includes:

"Swish Swish"Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj
"Feel the Love"Rudimental featuring John Newman
"Warm"—SG Lewis; "I love the dissonant piano chords overlaid with the bass. It has an unexpectedly driving beat. I would probably say that about all of the songs!"
"Blame"Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
"Paris"The Chainsmokers
"What About Us"—P!nk; "I love how P!nk’s powerful voice builds into the instrumental interlude. It’s inspiring!"