Michael Grasso

Michael A. Grasso, MD, PhD, FACP

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

110 S Paca 6th Floor, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21201


Performing Arts Medicine

Michael Grasso is a semi-professional trumpet player, who performs regularly with the Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio. He is interested in the specific medical needs of performing artists, especially instrumental musicians. This includes programs for preventing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries in performing artists, and also providing guidance in the management of chronic medical conditions in performing artists.

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

Musicians suffer from special health problems related to their occupation. Left untreated, they can become career-ending disabilities. For professionals and amateurs alike, a well-planned preventive strategy is the key to a long and healthy musical career. When problems arise, an appropriate rehabilitiation program is necessary to avoid further damage, restore function, and prevent future injuries.

  • Embouchure Injuries, Focal Dystonias, Velopharyngeal Incompetence
  • Overuse Injuries, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Nerve Entrapment
  • Oral Lesions, Infections, Allergies, Skin Disorders, Respiratory Problems
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Vision Impairment
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Headache Syndromes
  • Therapeutic and Sports Massage
Chronic Medical Conditions in Performing Artists

It is important to consider other medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease, and their impact on performing artists. The optimal management of these medical conditions is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of musicians and other performing artists. In addition, certain treatments may have adverse effects, and may need to be tailored for the performing artist.

  • Allergies, Asthma, Skin Disorders
  • Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue
  • COPD, Bronchitis, Acid Reflux
  • Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cardiac Arrhythmias, Lipid Disorders, Thyroid Disease
  • Performance Anxiety, Diet, Depression