Founder & President, Altruism in Medicine Institute; Founder & Chairman, Human Values Institute
Dr. Barry Kerzin is a medical doctor, an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma and University of Pittsburgh (pending), an ordained Buddhist monk, and a Visiting Professor at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, among other academic posts. Kerzin is a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on compassion training.
For over 30 years, he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to the highest lamas, including HH Dalai Lama. Kerzin 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.
Kerzin works in juvenile prisons and teaches compassion to doctors at hospitals and medical schools in Japan. He has been training Google Japan employees in mindfulness, resilience and compassion and has delivered two TEDx talks.
In June 2015, Kerzin presented a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at Stanford Medical School and Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. In 2016, he lectured at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and presented the plenary lecture to 800 family doctors at the Family Medicine Education Consortium in Pittsburgh.
In 2018, he started training 18,000 nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in compassion, mindfulness, and resilience, taught CME courses for UPMC doctors, and presented a Medical Grand Rounds at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For the last five 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.