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"In an effort to effectively reach young people with medical information I combined my knowledge as a physician and talent as a songwriter and producer and created a new music genre called Health-Hop®."

Dr. Clarke PhotoJohn D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, is a board certified family physician practicing in New York City. Currently he serves as the Medical Director and Medical Review Officer for the Long Island Rail Road. He received his B. A. in Sociology and Music from Columbia University and his Medical Degree from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency training at St. Vincents Catholic Medical Centers in New York, where he served as Chief Resident. He also pursued training in multimedia design at New York University.

In 2004 Dr. Clarke formed Clarke Multimedia, Inc. to produce and distribute educational CDs, and videos on health topics.

Dr. Clarke has been writing rap songs since the age of 8, and began composing and producing rap tracks in 1992. Since 1997 he has combined a desire to effectively reach young people with medical information and his talent as a hip-hop song writer and producer to create a new music genre called "Health-Hop®". Dr. Clarke has written, produced, and performed multiple Health-Hop® songs and has reached thousands with his music through health hop CDs, lectures, and performances in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

He has researched the effectiveness of using songs for teaching and has given dozens of lectures and Grand Rounds presentations across the nation and internationally. He has also given special presentations and keynote lectures for organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, The National Medical Association, The National Association of School Nurses, The Ontario College of Family Physicians, The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, The Barbados HIV/AIDS Commission, Optimist Club International, and The Student National Medical Association.


Dr. Clarke's Public Service Announcement video on H1N1 (Swine Flu) titled "H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke" has garnered national and international attention. The video became viral shortly after being posted on YouTube on August 16th 2009, as an entry in the U.S Department of Health & Human Services "2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest". The video was chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the contest.

Dr. Clarke has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, WGN TV Chicago, BET News, NBC, News 55, News 12, and other local TV news and radio programs around the country. Internationally he has appeared on Japan'sFuji TV, and Japan's National Public Broadcasting Corporation, NHK. Over the years has appeared in several newspapers and magazines including Newsday, New York Post, Daily News, The Globe & Mail, XXL, Ebony, and Canadian Living Magazine and others, as well as medical publications including Family Practice News.

In 2001, he received the Unsung Heroes Award: For Outstanding Community Service from WB 11 New York (TV WPIX) and New York Newsday. In 1999, Dr. Clarke was a winner in the Hip-Hop category of the John Lennon Song Writing Contest with his song "Sex & Drugs" as well as in the Children's Category with his song "Dr. Dooitt".

Dr. Clarke can be contacted for lectures and performances at : healthhopmusic@aol.com