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Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.
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Robert Accordino is a physician, researcher, advocate and the U.S. founder of the nonprofit organization, Music for Autism. He has carried out significant advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In 2007, he was honored for service to individuals with autism and their families by Cherie Blair, wife of Former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Currently, Robert is a resident in psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed an internship in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Robert founded Music for Autism as a first year medical student and served as executive director until he graduated from medical school. During his tenure, the charity’s fully subsidized programs spread nationwide, from Boston to Los Angeles.

A Fulbright Scholar, Robert graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He earned an M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with Distinction in Research and Medical Education and as a member of the Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society.

Robert is the recipient of several grants and awards including a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, a research grant from the Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom, a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Eugene J. Collins Memorial Scholarship for medical school, an Overseas Research Studentship in the United Kingdom, the Sigma Xi Prize for Excellence in Research at Princeton University, the Spirit of Princeton Award for service to fellow students, the Outstanding Service to Fellow Students Award at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award.

In 2009, he was one of only 15 medical students in the country to receive the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and service. Robert serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, the Advisory Board of The Miracle Project, and the Friends and Faculty Committee of Weill Cornell Medical College's Music and Medicine Initiative.

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Magnificent Mildred

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 4:13 PM

"Do you know my grandson: Doctor Accordino?" That was my grandmother's go-to question to any apparent medical professional who entered her hospital room -- doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, janitors. When someone acknowledged they knew me -- perhaps a doctor who had taught me in medical school, perhaps someone who...

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The Malpractice of an Unhealthy Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 10:50 AM

In medical school, when we learn about cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a key piece of the treatment protocol is "lifestyle change," which means healthier dietary choices and regular exercise. This makes sense on paper. It is a noninvasive and a relatively inexpensive form of intervention. But practically speaking it is...

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After Acceptance

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Well over a century ago William Osler, the father of modern medicine, wrote, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease," foregrounding the patient's experience as the essential feature of great health care. Since then, our ability to treat disease...

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Meet Dr. Hadland and Dr. Vassy

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 11:43 AM

Amid public polls suggesting that only 34% of the country supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- the law that codifies non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes -- one wonders why it is actually still law. Maybe the problem is that those fighting to preserve...

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Children and Art

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 9:50 AM

"I can only take this in small doses," she said to me as I examined her heart and lungs with my stethoscope with reality TV playing on her hospital room television. I thought she was complaining about my examining her. "It's enjoyable for a few minutes, and then you really...

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How One Woman Made School Better For Kids With Autism

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 9:45 AM

Children come into this world in a naturally vulnerable state. Unable to communicate their needs and desires, and unable to care for themselves, they rely on those who love them to advocate for their interests. Certain children are born with medical conditions, are part of minority groups or experience certain...

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Living with Autism: Two Programs, One Heart

(11) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:15 PM

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing first hand each other's nonprofit organizations. As the L.A.-based The Miracle Project expanded to New York and the N.Y.-based Music for Autism expanded to L.A., we were immediately struck by the shared motivations and core values of our programs.

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