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Michael Baime, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Baime has practiced meditation since he was 14 years old, and has taught mindfulness meditation since 1983. His experience as a physician and specialist in internal medicine led him to create the Penn Program for Mindfulness in 1992.  He has developed customized mindfulness-based programs for numerous groups, including people living with cancer, healthcare providers, police officers, adults with ADHD, and smokers attempting to quit. His work joins traditional mindfulness meditation techniques with the insights of neuroscience and the methods of modern cognitive behavioral psychology to create powerfully effective vehicles for change and personal growth. 

Dr. Baime also participates in research on the cognitive neuroscience of meditation; on the relationship between mindfulness, spirituality, and empathy; and on the behavioral and health benefits of mindfulness training. He is currently based at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Appel Award for Student Work in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
  2. Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania

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Recommended Reading List

  • "Pilot Trial of Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Substance Abuse Patients." Alterman A.I., et al. (2004). Journal of Substance Abuse, 9(5).
  • "Meditation." Yuen, E., et al. Holistic Aproaches to Healthy Aging. (2004). Springer.
  • "Recapturing the Calling of Medicine." Baime, M.J. The Art and Science of Being a Doctor. (2002). Aspatore Books.

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