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Stanford neurologists rock out as The Hypertonics


Frank Longo, MD, PhD, doesn't just rock with singer Bret Michaels. As part of the rock and roll cover band The Hypertonics, the neurologist/keyboardist spends his downtime making music with five other Stanford physicians. has a fun profile of the group, which has been together for two-and-a-half years:

“It was really just for fun” in the beginning, said [Christine Wijman, MD, PhD] in a Stanford report. Wijman is the band’s unofficial manager and director of Stanford's neurocritical care program. “Every time Frank would come to my house, he’d go straight to the piano.”

Wijman first got the idea for The Hypertonics when she saw a similar group of musician-neurocritical care doctors, the Codes, at a medical conference. After discovering that some of her colleagues shared similar skills, Wijman knew she had to try.


While rehearsals are usually disrupted by the absence of one or another physician who is on call that night, The Hypertonics plays on with recordings of their missing members.

Previously: Stanford neurologist rocks out for science
Photo by Norbert von der Groeben

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