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 30 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, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, and Mongolia.

For HVI, Barry works in juvenile prisons in Japan and is developing well-being curriculum. He teaches compassion to doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Tokyo, and other hospitals and medical schools in Japan, e.g. Kyoto University and Yokohama City University, and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji and sacred pilgrimages in Shikoku. He has been training employees in mindfulness, resilience, and compassion at Google Japan and Tsumura etc. He has delivered 2 TEDx talks in Philadelphia and Taipei.

For AIMI, in June 2015, he presented a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at Stanford Medical School, and Stanford CCARE – and in July lectured at Surgical Grand Rounds on the science behind meditation to the Ventura County Medicine Centre, 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 was the keynote speaker for the White Coat Ceremony for new first year medical students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, both in 2016 and again in 2018. In Fall 2016, he presented the plenary lecture to 800 Family Doctors at the Family Medicine Education Consortium in Pittsburgh, and in 2018 started training 18,000 nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Compassion, Mindfulness, and Resilience.

In 2018, he taught CME courses for UPMC doctors, and presented a Medical Grand Rounds at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
For the last 5 years at Unilever Japan, he has held symposia on ethical leadership for Japanese HR leaders as well as similar programs at Google Japan, Mitsubishi Jisho, and others. In 2019, he presented Altruistic Artificial Intelligence at Deep Mind Google, U.K.

Training Programs in ethical leadership, ethical professionalism, compassion, mindfulness, and resilience, working with the following organizations:

  • Google Japan
  • Mitsubishi Jisho
  • Unilever Japan
  • Tsumura Traditional Medicines
  • Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital
  • St. Lukes Hospital
  • Kyoto University
  • Yokohama City University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training 18,000 nurses in compassion, resilience, and mindfulness
  • Deep Mind Google in London

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 Transformative Power of Compassion are available in 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.

Affiliate Professor at University of Washington Tacoma
Former Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Washington
Visiting Professor at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (India)
Honorary Professor University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Honorary Professor Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences
Fellow at Mind and Life Institute

Founder & President Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI)
Founder & Chairman Human Values Institute (HVI)

For reference:

PBS NewsHour 2015:


Facebook: Barry Kerzin

TEDx Talk: