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Surgeon heals with both scalpel and guitar

Surgeon heals with both scalpel and guitar

Dr. Rob Adamson has performed hundreds of lifesaving heart operations during his 30-plus-year medical career, including heart transplant surgeries at Sharp Memorial Hospital, one of two heart transplant centers in San Diego County.

Music is one thing that helps him deal with the stress of his demanding job as a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of the cardiac transplant program at Sharp. Adamson, a Del Mar resident, has played guitar since he was a small child, and he relaxes by writing and recording songs, which he described as having a mix of medical and Christian themes.

Adamson has recorded more than 100 songs in his home studio, and he plays all the instruments on his...