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About Dr. Miriam Burger
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. 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 academic research training at the University Hospital Vienna AKH, in 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 out of sheer curiosity while on my quest in understanding the impact of music on the human sense of self. Over the past decade, I gradually grew extensive knowledge and numberless in-person and/or digital training experience - from internationally established teachers and programs, i.e. meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg, Peg Baim, MS, ANP-BC, Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat Zinn, Don Conreaux, Olga Klimecki, and many others around the globe.
As a professional violinist and musician, the creative arts have been my choice and expressive tool. For the past 17 years, I have worked on various international projects ranging from orchestras to rock-pop bands to the film industry in Zurich, New York, and Los Angeles, and have grown a diverse ecosystem of artists and scientists around me.
My roots are Asian and European, and I spent extensive phases in other parts of the world, especially in Asia. I have always lived in different cultural contexts on my journey beyond what meets the eye. Throughout my path, I have observed how pervasive imbalances are in our society, and I realized the meaningfulness of striving for a culture of reconnection, transformation, and conscious growth - to promote sustainable social development in an increasingly complex world - where we foster connectedness and belong together.
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Clinical & Work Vitae
- 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.
Institute of Global Health, Campus Biotech, Geneva
Journal publication, first-authored, peer-reviewed research article: Future Strategic Priorities of the Swiss Decentralized Healthcare System: A COVID-19 Case Study
- 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.
NURSING INTERN, Internal Medicine, at Hôpital Charles Foix, Teaching Hospital of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris (Paris VI), France.
Institute of Global Health, Campus Biotech, Geneva - Journal publication, first-authored, peer-reviewed research article: Future Strategic Priorities of the Swiss Decentralized Healthcare System: A COVID-19 Case Study
MASTER OF SCIENCE in Global Health, Campus Biotech - Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland. In-depth program on Healthcare systems, innovation, policy, law, diplomacy, globalization, and healthcare developments.
MIND BODY MEDICINE MD Postgraduate Training, Benson-Henry Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge USA; Focus Meditation, Mindfulness, the Neuroscience of contemplative practices. The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine | Using Mind Body Techniques | Cognitive Reappraisal
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
- 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
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
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
Sound, Meditation, and Mindfulness
AS A PART OF THE TRANSDISCIPLINARITY: MUSIC THERAPY | SALUTOGENESIS | PREVENTION | COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
SOUND & MUSIC FOR HEALTH AND PREVENTION:
Online Sound Bathing (digital!) | Soundscapes for relaxation | Sound Meditation
(Composition, Preproduction, Live Performances)
Client references: Dr. Janna Scharfenberg Academy, Dr. Claudia Nichterl Academy, SDG Lab WEF Davos, Individuals, a.o.
- Sound Therapy and Sound Baths in person: corporate, well-being academies, wellness entrepreneurs, medical practices, etc.
- Mentor and Teacher for Sound-Meditation Designer for remote/digital meditations
- Sound, Music, Meditation for well-being & Mind-Body Medicine
- Advisor at the World Health Innovation Summit WHIS, UK; Lead for Sound Medicine & Health Sciences
- Advisor at Convergence Partners, Switzerland, for transdisciplinary, transformative technologies
Sound Healing & Meditation trainings (excerpt):
- Sound Healing, Music Therapy, and Meditation for Mind-Body Medicine (continuing education since 2011 at several schools, incl. conferences, and online schools), meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg, Peg Baim, MS, ANP-BC, Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat Zinn, Don Conreaux, Olga Klimecki, and many others.
- 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 Training in Gong Mastery and Singing Bowl Sound Healing, School of Yogi Bhajan/Don Conreaux/Martha Collard, China, Thailand, Singapore
- 2019 Training in Tuning-Forks-based Sound Healing, Institute of Biofield Tuning USA
- 2016,2017, 2019 Meditation Training, in-person with J. Dispenza, B. 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, Traditional Chinese, and Korean Buddhist Philosophy
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 SDG-Project (UN/UNGSII, World Health Innovation Summit), in 2020
- SDG3 expert member of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission Support Team (Italy), in 2020
- WEF Davos, SDG-Champions Conference (UN/UNGSII, World Health Innovation Summit), in 2020 + 2022
- Academic institutions (Harvard Univ., Univ. Zurich, ZHDK, Univ. Geneva)
- Expert Team at The World Health Innovation Summit CIC (U.K.) in international collaboration for:
The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 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.