Barry Kerzin is an Affiliate Prof. 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 a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on compassion training.
He is founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan.
For 28 years he has been providing free medical care, and provides medical care to His Holiness 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 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 hospital in Tokyo, and other hospitals in Japan and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He delivered a TEDx talk in Philadelphia and Taipei. For AIMI, in June 2015 he gave a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at 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 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 Coast Ceremony for new first year medical students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In Fall 2016 he presented the plenary lecture to 800 Family Doctors at the Family Medicine Education Consortium in Pittsburgh. 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. He is about to publish Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: A Guide to Practice, and Friends of Compassion. Barry has written many chapters for books and many interviews for radio, and TV including documentaries on PBS New Medicine 2005; PBS Ethics and Religion 2015; and PBS Newshour 2015: