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Barry Kerzin

Founder and Director, Altruism in Medicine Institute


Barry is an Affiliate Prof at UW Tacoma; Visiting Prof at CUTS India; Honorary Prof at the U of HK; and former Assist. Prof. of Medicine at the UW. He is a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute on compassion training. He is founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and fouder of Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan For 28 years he has been providing free medical care, and provides medical care to the Dalai Lama. Barry has completed many meditation retreats including a three-year retreat. His brain was studied at Princeton U. and the U Wisconsin, Madison. Barry received monastic ordination by Dalai Lama and combines his work as a monk and doctor, harmonizing mind and body. He lectures around the world in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Europe, and North America. For HVI, Barry works in juvenile prisons in Japan and is developing well-being curriculum. He teaches compassion to doctors at St. Luke's and other hospitals in Japan and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He gave TEDx talks in Philadelphia and Taipei. He presented Medical Grand Rounds on compassion at Stanford Medical School, and Stanford CCARE, and Surgical Grand Rounds on science of meditation to VCMC in 2015. In 2016 he lectured at Oxford and Cambridge U. and medical schools. Barry was keynote speaker for White Coat Ceremony entering first year medical students at the U Louisville Medical School and plenary speaker for 800 Family Doctors at the FMEC Pittsburgh. He has written 'Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness,' and with the Dalai Lama, 'Dialogue between Two Nobel Laureates,' in Japanese. His Nagarjuna book is nearly finished; many chapters for books; many interviews-radio and TV-PBS New Medicine 2005; PBS Ethics and Religion 2015; and PBS Newshour 2015:

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