The Rock Doc Comes To Talking Hendrix Friday night on www.activatemedia.org from 7-8 p.m.
By Ed Wrobleski
Our guest this week is Neil Ratner aka The Rock Doctor who has had only what most people coould only imagine for a career he is a musician, a production company owner, a doctor, a radio host and now a book author with memoir entitled, what else, Rock Doc, which outlines in detail this man’s incredible story, which is currently available on amazon.com and Neil’s personal website which is included in the information below along with a brief history about Neil himself, His story will take you from backstage during shows for Pink Floyd’s 1973 Dark Side of the Moon tour where Neil’s production company, Circus Talents, Ltd. was providing production services for the tour, to the office operating rooms of elite New York surgeons where Neil Ratner MD was Director of Anesthesia.
As a teenager, Neil was an aspiring rock n’ roll drummer but ended up on the other side of the music business working as a tour manager, assistant manager and producer for groups like Edgar Winter, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and T-Rex, among others. After a number of
successful years working in the music biz, Neil had an epiphany and decided to pursue his other childhood dream of becoming a doctor.
He finished college, learned Spanish, spent four years at a medical school in Mexico, completed two years of surgical training and an anesthesia residency, and helped create the new specialty of office-based anesthesia in Manhattan. In doing so, Dr. Ratner became an expert in the use of the new drug, Propofol, a drug that would play a significant role in Neil’s future in regards to his most famous patient (see below!).
Although Dr. Ratner encountered many celebrities in his anesthesia practice, one would change his life… Michael Jackson. Eight years after establishing his anesthesia practice, Michael Jackson walked into an office in which Neil was the Director of Anesthesia. Neil became a trusted friend and personal physician of Michael’s from 1994 to 2002, periodically going on tour and spending time with Michael at Neverland. The experiences they shared together during that time are incredible and Neil is happy to relate them to you.
These days “the Rock Doc” lives a busy life in Woodstock, NY working to expand upon his brand. He has created a FB page entitled Neil Ratner Rock Doc with over 26,000 fans and posts everyday about the good old days of rock and roll along with his personal experiences. In addition, he has created a YouTube channel with over 80 videos, a popular Instagram site and a twitter feed.
His mix of rock and roll history and personal experiences along with rock musician interviews and audience participation is perfect for syndication and a fitting cap to a career that’s made an impact in many areas.
He’s on his way to that goal as he’s started a weekly segment on WDST, Radio Woodstock, called This Week in Rock, also heard on iHeart Radio.
Here’s a link to some of Neil’s This Week in Rock shows:
Link to a recent feature on Neil in Guitar International:
Link to a YouTube interview with Interviewing the Legends:
Link to Neil’s website:
Link to Neil’s Facebook page:
So don’t forget to join us this friday night from 7-8 p.m. on: