Barry Kerzin is an Affiliate Professor at the Univ. of Washington Tacoma, a Visiting Prof. at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, an Honorary Prof. at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a former Assist. Prof. of Medicine at the Univ. of Washington. Barry is also a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on compassion training.

He is the founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and the founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan

For 28 years he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to the highest lamas including the Dalai Lama. Barry has completed many meditation retreats including a three-year retreat. His brain was studied at Princeton Univ. and the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison as a long-term meditator. He was ordained as a fully ordained monk by the Dalai Lama and combines his work as a monk and doctor, harmonizing the mind and body. He lectures around the world in Japan, Europe, North America. Hong Kong, Taiwn, Korea, Russia, and Mongolia.

For the (HVI) in Japan, Barry works in juvenile prisons and is developing a well-being curriculum. He teaches compassion to doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Tokyo, and other hospitals and medical schools in Japan and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji and sacred pilgrimages in Shikoku. He delivered TEDx talks in Philadelphia and Taipei. For (AIMI), in June 2015 he gave a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at the Stanford Medical School, and the Stanford CCARE, and in July lectured at Surgical Grand Rounds on the science behind meditation to the Ventura County Medicine Center, as well as lectured at the Univ. of Washington. In Spring 2016 he lectured at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and U.K. medical schools. Barry gave the keynote lecture for the White Coat Ceremony for new first year medical students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and was invited back in 2017. In Fall 2016 he presented the plenary lecture to 800 Family Doctors at the annual Family Medicine Education Consortium conference in Pittsburgh. In 2017 he was invited to the board of the Pain Project from the Arizona Department of Health. They are tackling the opiate epidemic using non-pharmacologic methods.

He has written Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness, and with the Dalai Lama and Prof. Tonagawa, Mind and Matter: Dialogue between Two Nobel Laureates, in Japanese. His books Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: A Guide to Practice, Compassion-Bridging Practice and Science and No Fear No Death: The Power of Compassion are in press (English). Barry has written many chapters for books and given many interviews for radio, and TV including documentaries on PBS New Medicine 2005, PBS Ethics and Religion 2015 and PBS NewsHour.


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