The Last Word: Dr. Ken Rothfield on His Double Life as a Bass Player and an Anesthesiologist

“I was born to rock ’n’ roll but forced to anesthetize.”

Dr. Ken Rothfield
Chief Quality & Medical Officer
Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital
.…on his double life as an anesthesiologist and a bass player, via Fort Worth Report.

Dr. Ken Rothfield

When Dr. Ken Rothfield isn’t knocking out patients, he’s knocking out audiences—like he did Friday at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, when he and his band Rhythm Company performed in honor of National Hospital Week.

A Harvard grad who got his medical degree at the University of Rochester, Rothfield previously served as chief medical officer at Medical City Dallas. The anesthesiologist plays bass in his band, after a lifetime of drifting from tuba to synethesizers to Sinatra-like vocals. 

“I love being a doctor and I guess I’d rather be a doctor who wishes he was a bass player than a bass player who wishes that he was a doctor,” Rothfield told Fort Worth Report. 

“My dad programmed me from birth to be a doctor. I’m the youngest in my family and my older brother and sister did not have the grades but I did. That was my destiny either way, but I always was very involved in playing music,” he told FWR. 

That’s a destiny sure to get audiences on their feet—when he’s not keeping his patients lying down and calmly unconscious, that is.

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