Welcome to Sound Medicine!

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My name is Dr. Miriam Lee Burger MD.  My mission is to advance the transdisciplinary field of sound and medicine and innovate the landscape of healthcare, prevention, and therapy, through professional collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.
I am an SDG3 expert at the
World Health Innovation Summit CIC  (WHIS) where consultants, companies, and academics collaborate to improve healthcare. We connect the dots in healthcare and set processes in motion. With a transdisciplinary approach, collaboration and multilateral thinking are a must. We invite experienced healthcare stakeholders and research visionaries to join WHIS' mission.


As an MD and researcher, I have worked clinically in Vienna and Zurich in the fields of pain therapy including research activities at the University Hospital Vienna AKH, mental health, and global health at the University of Zurich,  University of Geneva, and Harvard University Cambridge USA. My latest research in 2022 covered strategic priorities of the healthcare system illustrated by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As a sound meditation and sonic medicine practitioner, I started out in 2013 and gradually grew extensive knowledge over the past decade, and numberless hands-on experience from internationally established teachers and programs, i.e. meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg, Peg Baim, MS, ANP-BC, Joe Dispenza, Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat Zinn, Don Conreaux, and many others. 

As a professional violinist and musician, I have worked in the creative arts for the past 17 years on various international projects ranging from orchestras to rock-pop bands to the film industry in Zurich, New York, and Los Angeles.


My roots are Asian and European, and I grew up in Germany and Austria. I have always lived in different cultures, places, and my changing professions often spent time in other parts of the world. Throughout my path, I have observed how pervasive imbalances are in our society.  My team and I strive to create a culture of reconnection, transformation, and conscious growth to promote wellness and sustainable social development in an increasingly complex world.

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Clinical & Work Vitae

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  • 2022 - Today
    STRATEGIC ADVISOR
    to Convergence Partners, Switzerland, actively supporting the internationalization and potential exit of EU HealthTech in the world's largest healthcare markets.



  • 2019 - Today    
    MEDICAL DOCTOR + Advisor in Sound, Music & Health Sciences + SDG3 Global Health at World Health Innovation Summit, UK (WHIS) Due diligence and strategic advisory on healthcare-related creative and musical projects and startups. 

  • 2016 - 2018   
    MEDICAL DOCTOR + RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
    , in Infectious Diseases/Travel Medicine, Department of Public Health and Global Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland.


  • 2016 - 2017 
    MEDICAL FILM CONSULTANT, Music & Film Content Strategy, Cancer Campaign Film Project, Mediafisch + Swiss Cancer League, Zurich, Switzerland 


  • 2015 - 2016 
    MEDICAL DOCTOR + Co-Author & Developer of the We Me Academy Program,
    High-Performance Coaching, responsible for medical/neuroscientific and creative content; Interface Marketing, Zug, Switzerland - with Patrick K. Magyar

  • 2013 - 2015   
    MEDICAL DOCTOR, Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
    (Focus Depression and Stress-related mood disorders, brain health and music, CBT-psychotherapy), Clinic Schlössli, Clienia Private Clinics for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Teaching Hospital, Canton Zurich

  • 2010 - 2012   
    CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
    , Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology, with Prof. Dr. Dr. H-G. Kress, AKH Wien, University Hospital of Vienna, Austria. Clinical study on the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6 in chronic pain; first S1P study in humans.

  • 2005 - 2011   
    CLINICAL INTERN
    , rotations in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, Dermatology, Gynecology, Urology, Emergency Medicine, Dentistry, Pathology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Vienna, Austria + Nürnberg, Germany.

  • 2003   
    NURSING INTERN, Internal Medicine, at Hôpital Charles Foix, Teaching Hospital of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris (Paris VI), France.

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Academic Vitae  

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MEDICINE



  • 2018   
    GLOBAL HEALTH DELIVERY Harvard University, Postgraduate Certification 2018, magna cum laude (GPA 3.72). In-person, selection/admission-based Global Health program by Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School for Public Health; Cambridge/ Boston, USA: Management, epidemiology, and case-work on global health.  in-depth training led by global health specialists and business leaders from Harvard University's Business School, TH Chan School of Public Health, Medical School, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The White House, Abundance Foundation, Global Seed, etc., Unique composition of hands-on and theoretical framework training. Spearheaded by Prof. Paul Farmer, and Prof. Rebecca Weintraub. 


  • 2010 - 2012   
    CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
    , Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology, with Prof. Dr.-Dr. H-G. Kress, AKH Wien, University Hospital of Vienna, Austria. Clinical study on the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6 in chronic pain; first S1P study in humans.: "Sphingosin-1-Phosphat- und Interleukin-6-Plasmaspiegel bei chronischen Schmerzpatienten im Vergleich zu Kontrollgruppen"


  • 2005 - 2012 
    MEDICAL STUDIES & APPROBATION,
    Graduation thesis summa cum laude (1,0* Austrian grading), Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Clinical Training >2 years (see Clinical & Work Vitae)

  • 2003 - 2005 
    DENTISTRY
    , Propedeutics, University of Vienna, Austria; Extracurricular extensions: Asian Studies (Sino, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Philosophy, Film) University of Vienna, Austria


  • 2002 -2003
    BIOCHEMISTRY, Guest Student, Freie Univeristät Berlin, Germany

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

  • 2015 - 2016 
    MUSIC COMPOSITION + THEORY,
    ZHDK  Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

  • 1996 - 2002  
    CONCERT VIOLIN,  junior student with Prof. Konstantin Vardeli
    Fellowship by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Arts, with "outstanding successes"(24/25, 23/25) at Jugend Musiziert, David-Oistrach Akademie Ingolstadt, Germany

  • 1994 - 1996   
    CONCERT VIOLIN, junior music student
    at age 10y, with Prof. Oliver Colbentson, Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Ex-Meistersinger Conservatory), Nuremberg, Germany



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Musical Vitae  

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SOUNDSCAPES FOR MEDITATIONS, SOUND BATHS, VIOLINIST, STRING ARRANGEMENTS

  • 2020 - Today
    SOUND AND HEALTH by Dr. Miriam Lee Burger
    Zurich-based Studio & Online Services - SOUND MEDITATIONS, SOUND BATHS, SOUNDSCAPES (Composition, Production, Live Performance). Clients: Dr. Janna Scharfenberg Academy, Dr. Claudia Nichterl Academy, SDG Lab WEF Davos, Individuals. 


  • 2005 - 2022
    INDEPENDENT MUSIC PROFESSIONAL,
    full professional violinist, piano as a 2. instrument (aka Miriam Lee Eicher or Burger). Worked in Vienna, London, NYC, L.A., Zurich (details continue here) for film, commercial, orchestras, concert galas, studio recordings, live events, and substituting violinist in world-class orchestras i.e. 21st Century Orchestra at KKL Lucerne, Berlin Youth Symphonics, Udo Juergens Orchestra, a.o. ; Performing in the genres: Classical, singer-songwriting, gypsy, pop-rock - performance, and writing pop-rock string arrangements.

  • 2015 - 2016 
    MUSIC COMPOSITION,
    ZHDK, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

  • 1996 - 2002  
    CONCERT VIOLINIST,  junior student under Prof. Konstantin Vardeli, David-Oistrach Akademie Ingolstadt, Germany; Fellowship by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Arts

  • 1994/1996/1998
    JUGEND MUSIZIERT Music competitions, Solo Violinist with "outstanding successes"(24/25, 23/25) , regional & federal level

  • 1994 - 1996   
    CONCERT VIOLIN,
    junior student age 10y, with Prof. Oliver Colbentson, Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (formerly Meistersinger Conservatory Nuremberg), Germany


  • 1990 - 1994
    VIOLIN, aged 5y, Suzuki Method at the Public Music School Fürth (Bavaria), Germany


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Sound, Meditation, and Mindfulness

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AS A PART OF THE TRANSDISCIPLINARITY: MUSIC THERAPY | SALUTOGENESIS | PREVENTION | COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

Sound Medicine/Sonic Medicine:

  • SOUNDSCAPES FOR MEDITATIONS, SOUND BATHS, by SOUND AND HEALTH Zurich:
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    Zurich-based Studio & Online Services
    - Composition, Production, Live Performances, client references: Dr. Janna Scharfenberg Academy, Dr. Claudia Nichterl Academy, SDG Lab WEF Davos, Individuals, a.o.
  • Sound Therapist (incl. Sound Baths), clients: academies, wellness entrepreneurs, medical practices, etc.
  • Sound Meditations, facilitator and teacher 
  • Studio Sound And Health in Zurich
  • Sound-Designer for in-person and digital meditations, for remote sessions
  • Sound, Music, Meditation for well-being & Mind-Body Medicine
  • Health Expert at the World Health Innovation Summit WHIS, lead for Sound Medicine & Health Science 


Training (excerpt):

  • Sound Healing, Music Therapy, and Meditation for Mind-Body Medicine (continuing education since 2011 at several schools, incl conferences, and online schools)
  • 2020 Mind-Body Medicine, MD Training at Benson-Henry Institute, MGH, Harvard University
  • 2020, 2022 Cymatic Studies, with Acoustic Physicist John Stuart Reid, Carlisle UK 
  • 2019 Specialization in Gong Mastery and Singing Bowl Sound Healing, School of Yogi Bhajan/Don Conreaux/Martha Collard, China, Thailand, Singapore
  • 2019 Specialization in Tuning Forks based Sound Healing, Institute of Biofield Tuning USA
  • 2016-2017 Meditation Training, in-person with Dr. Joe Dispenza, Barry Goldstein, Europe, USA
  • 2015-2016 Music Theory, Composition, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Switzerland
  • 2015 Neurosomatic Reprogramming (Bartu Method), Switzerland
  • 2011 Acupuncture, Österr. Gesellschaft für Akupunktur, Austria
  • Vedic, Yogic, Traditional Chinese, and Korean Buddhist Philosophy

Projects

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We are embedded in/or an active partner of local and healthcare stakeholders:

  • Primary care, complementary medicine, and specialists in Switzerland and the U.K.
  • Yoga Studios, Clinics, Leadership Networks, Public Health Networks
  • Concerts For Humanity (U.N.), in 2020
  • Vatican Covid-19 Commission Support Team (Italy), in 2020
  • Academic institutions (Harvard Univ., Univ. Zurich, ZHDK, Univ. Geneva)
  • The World Health Innovation Summit (U.K.) in international collaboration for:
  • The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, UN-Habitat SDG-Cities Flagship Program, designing smart cities programs and implementing new approaches to health and well-being worldwide.

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Dr. Miriam Burger MD is a medical doctor, an advisory board member of the World Health Innovation Summit CIC, and a member of several international academic networks including the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University,  ZHDK Zurich, University of Zurich, Medical University of Vienna.