Barry Kerzin

Teacher, Physician, Buddhist Monk

Barry Kerzin is a medical doctor, an Affiliate Prof. at the Univ. of Washington Tacoma, a Visiting Prof. at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, a former 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.

For 30 years, he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to the highest lamas, including HH 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 Bikkshu (monk) by H.H. Dalai Lama in January 2003, and now combines his work as a monk and doctor, harmonizing the mind and body, lecturing around the world in Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Mongolia, India, Korea, 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 and medical schools in Japan, e.g. Kyoto University, and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He has been training Google Japan employees in mindfulness, resilience, and compassion. He has delivered 2 TEDx talks. 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.

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