Student Volunteers

Drew Isleib is the Student Director of the Music Medicine Program. Prior to medical school Drew was a touring musician with numerous albums. He currently composes music for the NMI's meditation program and will be working with patients in one on one music medicine sessions.
Instrument List: guitar, bass, drums and vocals


Drew Isleib

"My name is Chuck Wisniewski, I am a second year medical student at UMDNJ-SOM. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY, I graduated from Boston College with a Music Bachelors, I have a Masters in Medical Science from Boston University and I play piano, bass, ukelele and guitar. I like to play sports, cook food and write my own music in my free time and I am very interested in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation."



April Barnum is a medical student from Cherry Hill, NJ, entering her second year at UMDNJ-SOM in July 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2011 from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, where she was a member of the Fordham University Orchestra for 4 years. April plays both the acoustic cello and the electric cello and has been playing for 14 years.

April Barnum

Kimberly Barnum is a first year medical student and member of the UMDNJ-SOM Class of 2015. A native of Cherry Hill, NJ, she graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Biology. Kim has been playing the violin for 14 years.



Kimberly Barnum

Toki Tahara (Student Physical Therapist, Rutgers University-UMDNJ DPT Class of 2013) has been classically trained on the violin since the age of 6. She has won prestigious awards in national orchestras throughout the years and has a B.A. in music from Smith College. Being a musician herself and working backstage with world-renown professional artists at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Orchestra, she hopes to use her musical knowledge to help musicians as well as those who love music.


Toki Tahara

Gary Panagiotakis is a member of the class of 2014.  He grew up in Essex Fells, a small town in northern New Jersey.   Before ultimately deciding on a career in medicine, Gary received his degree in computer engineering from NJIT, and his graduate degree from UMDNJ-GSBS, both in Newark, NJ.  With a strong love of music and an interest in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, he is very excited about being a part of this program.


Gary Panagiotakis

Dmitry Esterov is a second year student who is working on the music meditation cd and will be helping to give music lessons as well. He has been playing guitar for over ten years, and has a particular fondness for acoustic and classical guitar styles.


Dmitry Esterov

My name is Peter Murphy and I am a second year medical student at UMDNJ-SOM. I love using music as a means to relax and connect with other people, whether they are musicians or not. I started playing guitar and bass in high school. Over the past two years, I began recording songs in order to listen to my progress both instrumentally and vocally. I have performed by myself and with bands. I feel there is much to be taken out of playing music with others, for others, or just by yourself.


Peter Murphy

Raymond Chen is a member of the UMDNJ-SOM class of 2014 and received a BS in biochemistry at Brandeis University. He is a self-taught guitarist and has played acoustic guitar for 10 years. His interests are classic rock, running, and studying for med school.


Raymond Chen

My name is Sabrina Solorzano. I am a second year medical student at UMDNJ-SOM. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). During undergrad, I spent a lot of time volunteering with an Arts in Medicine program. I was impressed by how inspiring and therapeutic the arts are not only for patients, but for caregivers as well. I hope to be able to incorporate the arts in my practice as a physician. I am confident that being a part of this program will facilitate that.


Sabrina Solorzano

Shawn Peterson is a 4th year medical student and member of the UMDNJ-SOM Class of 2012. He has played the drums since the 4th grade and has performed in the Washington Township Minutemen Marching Band (2000-2003) and WTHS Machine Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2001-2003) during his high school years in Sewell, NJ. During his undergraduate years, he also began to learn the basics of bass guitar and keyboards. Shawn received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2008. Shawn's postgraduate medical education will begin with a Traditional Rotating Osteopathic Internship (June 2012-June 2013) at Delaware County Hospital in the Crozer-Keystone Health System. He will then begin a 3-year residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in July 2013 with Thomas Jefferson University.


Shawn Peterson

Justin Berkowitz is a member of the class of 2014. He has been playing drums and percussion for over 20 years. He looks forward to the opportunity to combine his two passions, medicine and music.


Justin Berkowitz

Bruce Abramowitz is a medical student of UMDNJ-SOM Class of 2014. He has been playing piano since the age of 12 and has since been involved in various forms of performance and teaching. He also has some experience with vocal performance and guitar as well. Bruce is currently involved with composition for the NMI’s meditation program and will be working with patients in one on one music medicine sessions.

Bruce Abramowitz