Friends of Tibetan Delek Hospital


Summer 2008

Zorba Paster, MD

Zorba Paster, MD, is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Paster is widely known for his participation in radio and television radio venues, including his decade of work on the NPR show, On Your Health, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio. His TV special How to live a Long Sweet Life was carried by PBS stations across the country.

In addition to his book, The Longevity Code – Your Personal Prescription for a Long Sweet Life, he has written a cook book Heart Healthy, Low-Gat, Guilt-Free and Tasty Recipes from the Kitchen of Zorba Paster. Dr. Paster edits the TopHealth Newsletter read by more than 2 million monthly.

Dr. Paster integrates Western Medicine with Eastern Wisdom into his clinical practice in Madison. He first became interested in Buddhist Wisdom and The Tibetan Causes in 1968 and has never stopped since.

Mehmet C. Oz, MD is Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery, a cardiothoracic surgeon, as well as a Professor of Surgery. Dr. Oz is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. In recent years, he has integrated complementary medicine into his clinical practice at Columbia. Dr. Oz is the author of Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Power of Complementary Medicine, published in 1998, the #1 New York Times Bestseller You: The Owner's Manual (An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger), published in 2005, the New York Times Bestseller You: The Smart Patient (An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment), published in 2006, and You: On a Diet (The Owner's Manual for Waist Management), published in 2006.

Erin L Olivo, PhD, MPH is the Director of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She earned master's degrees in both Public Health and Social Work and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Olivo has intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She maintains a psychotherapy practice in New York City.

Dr. Olivo promotes the use of mind-body strategies in both medical and mental health settings. She has a particular interest in researching and working with people with chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease and cancer. In her clinical practice she specializes in integrating mindfulness into cognitive behavioral therapy with patients diagnosed with depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has published more than 250 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 3 books. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD, the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION. Dr. Davidson is Past-President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association –the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006.


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