Dr. Miriam Lee Burger
Welcome to Dr. Miriam Lee Burger and Sound & Health, a project at the intersection of global health, mental health, music, sounds, and sensory perception, embedded in an experimentally driven network. As a physician, musician, sound therapist, global health MD, and mental health tech consultant, I am a problem solver and on a mission to amplify human potential. As an SDG 3 advocate for health innovation and sustainability at the World Health Innovation Summit, I worked on mandates for Pope Francis COVID-19 commission's team in 2020, UNGSII 25+5 SDG Cities Leadership Platform at World Economic Forum Davos and World Urban Forum 11, Arts-for-SDGs projects with World Health Organization, and the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, among others. My latest publication covered suggestions for COVID-19-related strategic priorities of the Swiss healthcare system.
As an MD and researcher, I worked clinically in Vienna and Zurich in the fields of pain therapy at the University Hospital Vienna AKH, and in mental health and global health at the University of Zurich, University of Geneva, and Harvard University, Cambridge USA.
As a professional violinist, the creative arts have been my expressive tool. Since 2005, I have worked on various international projects ranging from classical orchestras to rock-pop bands to the film industry in Zurich, New York, and Los Angeles, and have grown a diverse ecosystem around me.
I began with meditation & sound practices on a quest to understand human nature. Music & sounds are ways to experience our sense of self. Over the past decade, I have gradually gained extensive knowledge and countless in-person and/or remote training as a sound & meditation practitioner, - with internationally recognized teachers and programs such as meditation teachers Sadhguru, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat Zinn, Don Conreaux, Olga Klimecki and many others around the globe.
Following my roots, I spent extensive phases in different cultural contexts, especially in Asia, on my journey beyond what meets the eye. Reconnection widened my horizon in many ways. I recognize deep meaningfulness in striving for a culture of reconnection, transformation, and conscious growth - to promote sustainable social development and foster connectedness in an increasingly complex world.
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- Oct 2023 - today
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, Swissfilms Christian Frei Filmproduktion
Christian Frei (Director, Filmproducer) is one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed directors known for his films GENESIS 2.0 (2018), SPACE TOURISTS (2009), THE GIANT BUDDHAS (2005) and WAR PHOTOGRAPHER (2001), Sundance winner and nominated for Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards .
- 2022 - Today
Mental Health Technologies, Convergence Partners Venture Capital
Convergence Partners is a European venture capital firm that invests in founders building high-impact companies in healthcare sectors with large unmet needs. The Convergence team actively drives the scale-up and internationalisation of its portfolio companies to Germany, China, US and India. INVESTMENT FOCUS: Mental & Brain Health, Women's Health, AI & Digital Health, EU HealthTech startups.
- 2019 - Today
SDG3 Advisor at the intersection of Mental Health/Global Health/Music, World Health Innovation Summit UK
Due diligence and strategic advisory on healthcare-related integrative health and musical projects. WHIS is a platform that brings public and private partnerships together to fund and deliver healthcare solutions globally, providing research and analysis, peer and expert-led knowledge-building, strategic networking, and deal flow in healthcare and life sciences.
- 2016 - 2017
MEDICAL FILM CONSULTANT, 8 Cancer Campaign Films with the Swiss Cancer League
Music & Film Content Strategy, together with Mediafisch, Fidelio Films & The Swiss Cancer League, Zurich, Switzerland; developing 8 short films for the Special Program at the Zurich Film Festival 2017-2019
- 2015 - 2016
MEDICAL DOCTOR, We Me Academy Program (High-Performance Coaching Program)
Co-Author & Developer and responsible for medical/neuroscientific/music content; with Ex-President of the Swiss Athletics Federation Patrick K. Magyar, Zug, Switzerland
MUSIC & SOUND THERAPY
- 2019 - ongoing
Zurich-based Studio SOUND AND HEALTH by Dr. Miriam Lee Burger
Online Services, Sound Meditation, Sound Bath, Soundscapes (in-house composition, production, live performance). Past Clients: Dr. Janna Scharfenberg Academy, Dr. Claudia Nichterl Academy, SDG Lab WEF Davos, and private individuals.
- 2005 - ongoing
Independent Music Professional: full professional violinist
aka Miriam Lee Eicher. Worked internationally in EU/USA, i.e. Vienna, London, NYC, L.A., and Zurich 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. (More details)
- 2016 - 2018
RESIDENT PHYSICIAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Infectious Diseases/Travel Medicine
under Prof. Christoph Hatz, and Prof. Jan Fehr. Department of Public Health and Global Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
- 2013 - 2015
RESIDENT PHYSICIAN, 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 INTERN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology
with Prof. Dr. Dr. H-G. Kress, AKH Wien, University Hospital of Vienna, Medical University 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
ROTATING CLINICAL INTERN
continuous clinical intern 2009-2011, in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, Dermatology, Gynecology, Urology, Emergency Medicine, Dentistry, Pathology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Vienna, Austria + Nürnberg, Germany.
NURSING INTERN, Geriatric Medicine
Charles Foix Teaching Hospital, Sorbonne University, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Paris, France, (January 2003)
MSc RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
at Institute of Global Health, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva; Prof. Antoine Flahault, Prof. Jean-François Etter.
Publication:Future Strategic Priorities of the Swiss Decentralized Healthcare System: A COVID-19 Case Study
- 2016 - 2018
RESIDENT PHYSICIAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
in Infectious Diseases/Travel Medicine, Prof. Christoph Hatz, Prof. Jan Fehr. Department of Public Health and Global Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland - contributing to Swiss TPH/UHZ/BAG travel medicine.
- 2010 - 2012
CLINICAL INTERN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Department of Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology, under Prof. Dr. Dr. H-G. Kress, AKH Wien, University Hospital of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. under Prof. Dr.-Dr. HG Kress. Conducted a clinical study on the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6 in chronic pain. First S1P study on pain perception in humans.
Publication: Clinical study on the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6 in chronic pain
Future Strategic Priorities of the Swiss Decentralized Healthcare System: A COVID-19 Case Study
Institute of Global Health, Campus Biotech, Geneva & Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva;
- 2010 - 2012
Sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6-plasma levels in patients with chronic pain in comparison to controls
Department for Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology, Medical University of Vienna / University Hospital of Vienna - AKH Wien, and University of Innsbruck, Austria.
MASTER OF SCIENCE in GLOBAL HEALTH,
Campus Biotech & Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland. In-depth MSc on healthcare research, - systems, - innovation, - policy, - governance, - law, - diplomacy, - finances, and globalization.
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 PROGRAM
Harvard University, Cambridge. Postgraduate Certification, magna cum laude (GPA 3.72).
Global Health Program on Management, Epidemiology, and casework in Global Health. In-depth training led by global health specialists and business leaders from Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School for Public Health, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Last Mile Health, Abundance Foundation, Global Seed, etc. Unique composition of hands-on and theoretical framework training. In-person, selection/admission-based program. Spearheaded by Prof. Paul Farmer, and Prof. Rebecca Weintraub.
- 2005 - 2012
Medical University of Vienna, Austria. MD THESIS (1,0* Austrian grading) "Sphingosine-1-phosphate and interleukin-6-plasma levels in patients with chronic pain in comparison to controls", Department for Pain Therapy, Anesthesiology & Neuroimmunology, Medical University of Vienna / University Hospital of Vienna, Austria. under Prof. Dr.-Dr. HG Kress
- 2003 - 2005
Propedeutics, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
ASIAN CULTURE & LANGUAGES
Extracurricular studies (Sinology, Koreanology, Japanology, Hindi, Philosophy, Film) University of Vienna, Austria
- 2002 - 2003
BIOCHEMISTRY, Guest Student, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
MUSIC & ARTS
- 2015 - 2016
MUSIC COMPOSITION STUDIES (Film Theatre Media track), Postgraduate Training
ZHDK Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK, Switzerland
- 1995 - 2002
CONCERT VIOLINIST, Junior student
age 11y-17y, with Prof. Konstantin Vardeli, David-Oistrach Akademie Ingolstadt, Germany.
Fellowship by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research, and Arts
- 1994 - 1996
CONCERT VIOLINIST, Junior student
age 10y-12y, with Prof. Oliver Colbentson, Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (formerly Meistersinger Conservatory Nuremberg), Germany
JUGEND MUSIZIERT Competition, Deutscher Musikrat
Solo Violinist, 5x participation at regional & federal level, with "outstanding success" on regional levels, and "very good success" on federal level
- 1990 - 1994
VIOLIN, Junior student
age 5-9y, Suzuki Method at the Public Music School Fürth, Germany
MUSIC THERAPY | SENSORY HEALTH | MIND-BODY MEDICINE:
SOUND AND HEALTH - A TRANSDISCIPLINARY SOUND MEDICINE APPROACH
- Digital Sound Baths | Relaxation Soundscapes | Sound Meditation | Composition, Production, Live Performances
- In-person, remote (corporate, well-being academies, wellness studios, medical practices)
- Mentor and Teacher for Sound-Meditation
TRANSDISCIPLINARY ADVISORY, CREATIVE ARTS, MEDICINE:
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.
- Zurich: Yoga Studios, Leadership Networks, Public Health Networks, Medical Associations
- Venture Capital Networks, Convergence Partners Zurich, specialization in Health Tech + Brain Health Impact Funding
- WEF Davos, SDG-Champions Conference (UN/UNGSII, World Health Innovation Summit), in 2020 + 2022
- Concerts For Humanity SDG-Project (UN/UNGSII, World Health Innovation Summit), in 2020
- We are linked to academic institutions (Alumni Harvard Univ., ZHDK, Univ. of Geneva, Medical Univ. of Vienna)
- Team member of the World Health Innovation Summit CIC (WHIS); collaborating on the UN-Habitat SDG-Cities Flagship Program, conceptualizing new approaches to prevention and well-being, i.e. the Global Social Prescribing Alliance (GSPA)
- Expert at the UNGSII-WHIS support team to the Vatican's COVID-19 Commission, Italy, 03-06/2020