Does your job make you reach for a proton-pump inhibitor?
If so, it might be fodder for Barry Levy, M.D., and Greg LaGana, M.D., creators and stars of the bring-down-the-house musical comedy, "Damaged Care."
The singing doctors, who have appeared on "Nightline" and National Public Radio, have performed a string of one-night stands since creating the first version of the show in 1997 as a medical school reunion skit at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Modern Physician caught them at Danny's Cabaret in New York City.
In one skit, LaGana recounts a childhood event that led him into medicine: a severe asthma attack when he was 7 years old. The family doctor made a housecall.
"He saved my life with a shot of epinephrine," recalled LaGana. "But then he stayed and held my hand until I felt better."
LaGana is an internist who works at Merck Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. Levy, former president of the American Public Health Association, is an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.