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When he's on stage with N.E.D., Dr. John Soper sports his Les Paul electric guitar instead of a white coat.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
N.E.D. is a rock band. But unlike many bands which start out in their garage and work side jobs to pay the bills, N.E.D. was formed at a medical conference in 2008. The members of the band are gynecologic cancer surgeons from all over the country, including Alaska, Oregon, New York, Louisiana and two of the rockers, Dr. John Boggess and Dr. John Soper, are gynecologic oncologists here at UNC Health Care.
Common to all the members is a passion for music, and many of them played in bands before their medical careers took off. You know, back when they had all that free time on their hands. The band plays gigs together all over the country about every other month (check their schedule on their website or fan them on Facebook, and since they're spread out across the country, they write songs by sharing lyrics and recordings electronically. The wonders of technology!
N.E.D. has received critical acclaim on their two recordings so far (an Extended Play in 2009 and a full album, Six Degrees in 2011), and are rumored to be working on a third recording. While a casual listener might just hear some good rock music, it won't take much to realize that N.E.D. is much more than just music: their goal is to bring gynecological cancers center stage. Their motto is, "Breast cancer has a pink ribbon, but GYN cancer has a rock band."
To find out where N.E.D. got their name and to hear their rocking sound, turn up your speakers and hit play on this month's installment of “real doctors, real people.”