CHARLOTTE, NC — A Charlotte doctor is an oncologist by day and a rock musician by night.
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Dr. Alan Skarbnik is a hematologist and oncologist at Novant Health
In his twenties, he considered giving up his medical career to pursue his dream of playing in a rock band.
He decided to stay in medical school but never stopped playing music
Dr. Alan Skarbnik is a hematologist and oncologist at Novant Health. He has worked as a doctor for over a decade. He usually works around 50 hours a week. He loves his job and his patients, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. So when he’s not at work, he finds ways to distract himself from his busy life.
“Music helps me a lot to relax from the stresses of medicine and life,” Skarbnik said.
Skarbnik plays keyboard in the band called Peaked in High School. His love for music started when he was only 4 years old. He first learned to play the organ, then the saxophone and the piano. As an adult, he wondered whether he should make music professionally or finish medical school.
“I was young and in my early twenties,” Skarbnik said. “I was in med school, but we were playing quite a bit and there was some professional interest in our band.”
He stayed in medical school but never gave up on his passion. When Skarbnik moved to Charlotte four years ago, he found bandmates through a program called School of Rock Charlotte.
“At this event, they worked with the 24-hour foundation to raise money for cancer,” Skarbnik said. “It’s obviously a great cause and close to what I do.”
He says music is not only beneficial for his stress levels, but could also help him treat his patients better.
“For a little while I have a mental break, and when I’m back I can concentrate more,” Skarbnik said.
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