About the Musician Treatment Foundation

The Musician Treatment Foundation (MTF) assists in delivering free and low-cost surgical and nonsurgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians. MTF is dedicated to fostering a world that cares for its injured musicians regardless of their ability to pay so they can maintain their livelihoods and keep the music playing for us all.

Professional musicians can spend over 90% of a year performing live on the road, away from personal and medical support systems. Injuries can arise without warning from the repetitive intensity of playing instruments and from unexpected accidents. MTF is a unique nonprofit – in design, scope, and breadth – that facilitates and funds upper limb treatment and continuity of care for needful musicians at home and on tour. We do that through our Physicians for Musicians, a network of like-minded orthopedic surgeons. 

Our mission is driven by five initiatives:

1. CARE and support for the shoulder, elbow, and hand problems of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians.

2. EDUCATE musicians, both amateur and professional, on upper limb injuries and preventative techniques that will minimize or prevent musician-specific injuries.

3. BUILD the first physician-surgeon network and musician registry dedicated to facilitating care across the country and around the world.

4. CREATE the first cloud-based platform to allow state-of-the-art remote preoperative, postoperative, and non-operative continuity of care.

5. SHARE new research and outcomes data with the world to illuminate the unique diagnostic and treatment issues facing all musicians.

In just over three years, MTF has assisted in providing free surgical and non-surgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hands of deserving professional musicians that would otherwise have cost well over $1,250,000. MTF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and copies of its Form 990s are available on request.

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As a practicing orthopedic surgeon for over two decades, O. Alton Barron, MD, has witnessed the    devastating impact upper-limb injuries can have on working musicians. After providing pro bono or greatly discounted surgical care to musicians whenever possible, Dr. Barron realized that he had to find a way to bring this service to many more musicians in need. His vision gave rise to the Musician Treatment Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in October 2017.

The nonprofit is overseen by a 13-member board of directors who contribute their keen expertise in business, music, law, healthcare, technology, design, and more. As early board members, Dr. Barron’s longtime friends, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, were instrumental in bringing hope and momentum to the foundation.

Dr. O. Alton Barron

Founder and Executive Director

About the Musician Treatment Foundation

The Musician Treatment Foundation (MTF) assists in delivering free and low-cost surgical and nonsurgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians. MTF is dedicated to fostering a world that cares for its injured musicians regardless of their ability to pay so they can maintain their livelihoods and keep the music playing for us all.

Professional musicians can spend over 90% of a year performing live on the road, away from personal and medical support systems. Injuries can arise without warning from the repetitive intensity of playing instruments and from unexpected accidents. MTF is a unique nonprofit – in design, scope, and breadth – that facilitates and funds upper limb treatment and continuity of care for needful musicians at home and on tour.  We do that through Physicians for Musicians, our growing network of like-minded orthopedic surgeons – learn more here.

Our mission is driven by five initiatives:

1. CARE and support for the shoulder, elbow, and hand problems of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians.

2. EDUCATE musicians, both amateur and professional, on upper limb injuries and preventative techniques that will minimize or prevent musician-specific injuries.

3. BUILD the first physician-surgeon network and musician registry dedicated to facilitating care across the country and around the world.

4. CREATE the first cloud-based platform to allow state-of-the-art remote preoperative, postoperative, and non-operative continuity of care.

5. SHARE new research and outcomes data with the world to illuminate the unique diagnostic and treatment issues facing all musicians.

In just over three years, MTF has assisted in providing free surgical and non-surgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hands of deserving professional musicians that would otherwise have cost well over $1,250,000. MTF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and copies of its Form 990s are available on request.

Dr. O. Alton Barron, Founder & Chairman

As a practicing orthopedic surgeon for over two decades, O. Alton Barron, MD, has witnessed the devastating impact upper-limb injuries can have on working musicians. After providing pro bono or greatly discounted surgical care to musicians whenever possible, Dr. Barron realized that he had to find a way to bring this service to many more musicians in need. His vision gave rise to the Musician Treatment Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in October 2017.

The nonprofit foundation is overseen by a 14-member board of directors who contribute their keen expertise in business, music, law, healthcare, technology, design, and more. As early board members, Dr. Barron’s longtime friends, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, were instrumental in bringing hope and momentum to the foundation.

Irene Chang-Cimino, Executive Director

 As a senior advisor, attorney, executive, and researcher for government, private, and nonprofit entities, Irene Chang-Cimino has helped communities to advocate for change, individuals to access care and resources to be more resilient, and neighborhoods to rebuild after disaster.

As a professional, Irene understands that health care is important for individual, family, and community wellness. As a music fan and amateur singer, she understands that it is especially important that musicians get the care they need for her, their, and everybody’s wellbeing.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Mark E. Jennings

Mark E. Jennings

Managing Partner and Co-founder of Generation Partners 

S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD

S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD

Diana Krall

Diana Krall

Mark Lieberman

Mark Lieberman

Creator of The Artists Den and President and Co-founder of Force Therapeutics 

Gregory Morey

Gregory Morey

Co-Founder of ZeroTouchDigital

Connia Nelson

Connia Nelson

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, LifeWay Christian Resources
 
Randa Safady

Randa Safady

Vice Chancellor for External Relations, University of Texas System

R. Adam Smith

R. Adam Smith

Founder at Big Sky Partners

Thomas Valentino, ESQ

Thomas Valentino, ESQ

Entertainment Lawyer & Founder of The Counsel, PLLC

Lee Woodruff

Lee Woodruff

Robert Woodruff

Robert Woodruff

Ken Yamaguchi MD, MBA

Ken Yamaguchi MD, MBA

Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Centene