Joseph Varon, MD
If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s Dr. Varon. As the Chairman of the Board and Chief of Staff and Critical Care at United Memorial Medical Center and United General Hospital in Houston, TX, and Chief of Staff at UGH Pain and Spine Hospital, he’s seen first-hand how the pandemic has impacted both medical professionals and patients.
Additionally, he is a Professor of Acute and Continuing Care at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is also Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Professor of Emergency Medicine at several universities in Mexico, the Middle East, and Europe. He’s also lectured in over 58 different countries around the globe and co-created the Medical Prevention and Research Institute to conduct work on basic sciences projects.
Ken Freirich is an entrepreneur/business executive with a passion for music and philanthropy. He has been playing drums and writing songs since he was eight years old and has had the pleasure and privilege of playing drums with The Who in L.A. as part of a charity event for Teen Cancer America and UCLA’s Breast Cancer Center. Pink, The Foo Fighters, and Kenny Loggins were all part of the event.
A silver lining and unintended consequence of the COVID-19 quarantine for Ken was the inspiration to start the record label Better World Records LLC and the band Random Acts of Kindness to share his mission, lyrics, messages, and songs with the world. “Healthcare Workers Rock!” is the first track released by Better World Records, with more songs in the works. Both the label and band names reflect values that Ken embraces daily.
Ken tells the story about writing “Healthcare Workers Rock!” in this video.
Mark brings to the project more than 30 years of expertise in music, with an unprecedented career as a drummer for top artists including P!NK, Cher, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Beyoncé. He has drummed with Velvet Revolver at Ozzfest and for a crowd of 225,000 at Glastonbury Festival with Simple Minds. He has also appeared on nearly every American, European, and Australian variety show.