John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, a.k.a "The Rapping Doctor" as well as "The Physician Musician" 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.
Dr. Clarke's Public Service Announcement (PSA) 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 (HHS) "2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest". Over 240 other PSA videos were submitted , and a panel of HHS employees plus one professional television producer selected 10 finalists. The public then voted for their favorite PSA on YouTube. Ultimately, Dr. Clarke won the contest with over 50,000 views, and he was announced the winner by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan on September 22nd at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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.
Dr. Clarke has appeared on "The Doctors," "The Wendy Williams Show," "Campbell Brown" on CNN, "The Early Show" on CBS, “Program B” & "Fox & Friends" on Fox News, MSNBC with David Shuster, Good Morning America Health, WPIX Channel 11 New York, WGN TV Chicago, BET News, NBC local news, News 55, News 12, FiOS TV, and other television programs. Radio appearances have included NPR (National Public Radio) "All Things Considered", " The Gayle King Show", "The Jay Thomas Show" on Howard 101, "Doctor Radio", and "Reach MD"on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and The Jonathon Brandmeier Radio Show on WLUP-FM Chicago. By the request of The White House he has discussed prevention of the H1N1 virus on The Warren Ballentine Show, The Amos Brown Show, and The Joe Madison Show.
Internationally, Dr. Clarke has appeared on Japan's Fuji TV, and Japan's National Public Broadcasting Corporation, NHK, and has been interviewed on Australia’s “Austereo Radio Network”. Recently, and over the years has appeared in several newspapers, magazines, and blogs including, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The White House Blog, Newsday, New York Post, Daily News, The Globe & Mail, XXL, Ebony, New York State School Boards Association's "On Board", “Christian Odyssey,” Canadian Living Magazine and others, as well as medical publications including American Medical News, and 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 Music Category with his song "Dr. Dooitt".
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.
In 2004 Dr. Clarke formed Clarke Multimedia, Inc. to produce and distribute educational CDs, and videos on health topics. For more information go to www.healthhopmusic.com.