Hippocrates Cafe combines performing arts and medicine. It is a live show that uses professional actors and musicians to explore healthcare topics through story and song.
Performances typically run 45 to 60 minutes in length and are designed to educate, entertain, and heal. Each show uses a combination of poetry, short stories, essays, letters, historical documents, and music. Pieces are carefully picked to illuminate the chosen topic in a way that is thoughtful, respectful, and creative.
Hippocrates Cafe creator and host Jon Hallberg, MD, introduces show topics and provides narration throughout, giving context for all pieces.
Performances & venues
Since its debut in 2009, Hippocrates Cafe has performed more than 80 unique shows in eight states.
Topics have included family medicine, cancer, influenza, aging, and more.
Performances have been held at a variety of venues on the local and national stage, such as national medical conferences, Mayo Clinic, Target Field, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, and Cleveland Clinic.
Actors & musicians
Actors include those who have performed in major motion pictures and on Broadway stages. The majority are prominent members of the vibrant Twin Cities theater scene.
Musicians have performed with or are members of various musical ensembles, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssense, and the Café Accordion Orchestra.
About the creator & host
Jon Hallberg, MD, is an associate professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota.
He is an award-winning medical educator and is medical director at the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic.
Since 2003, Hallberg has been the regular medical commentator on the regional “All Things Considered” on Minnesota Public Radio.