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Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Arts in Health

Founded in 1996 by C. Richard Stasney, MD, Houston Methodist’s System Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) has become one of the largest and most comprehensive centers of its kind in the world. In service to its mission – to effectively translate the collaborative potential of arts and medicine to the holistic health care environment of Houston Methodist – the center currently supports the following pillars:

● World class specialized health care and wellness education for performing and visual
● Purposeful integration of the performing and visual arts into the hospital environment;
● Clinical therapy that utilizes the arts in support of patient and hospital goals;
● Research that harnesses the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and
human performance; and
● Education and outreach that connects the arts in health field across disciplines, inspiring
creative thinking and discovery.

CPAM is the recipient of both the 2017 Business Council for the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in America, and the 2019 International Hamilton Arts in Health Award for Arts Building Resilience and is the official Health Care Provider of the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera and The Ensemble Theatre.

Started as a small team of physicians committed to providing specialized health care to artists in the Houston community, the center has grown to support a clinical and administrative staff of 32 that coordinates with more than 100 physicians, therapists and administrators in every clinical and non-clinical area of Houston Methodist.