Director for Penn Program for Mindfulness and the Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center
Michael Baime, M.D., of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness and the Director of Mind-Body Programs for the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. He began formal mediation training at age 14, and was authorized to teach meditation in 1983 by the renowned Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. In 1990 he founded the Penn Program for Mindfulness, which has trained more than 20,000 individuals in an acclaimed eight-week mindfulness-based program based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction model of Jon Kabat-Zinn. The program has been adapted to address a wide range of clinical and professional needs, and customized programs have been developed for use by judges, doctors, construction workers, psychotherapists, police officers, and CEOs. Michael, a graduate of Haverford College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has published research in psychology, business, cognitive neuroscience and medicine. He is the recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn and was the 2016 recipient of the American College of Physicians Award for Distinguished Contributions in Behavioral Medicine. He is widely recognized for his innovative educational programming and his interactive and engaging presentations.