ABOUT

Dr. Miriam Lee Burger

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Welcome to Dr. Miriam Lee and Sound & Health, a project at the intersection of global health, mental health, music, sonic experience, embedded in an experimentally driven network. I am a Psychiatrist-Physician, Musician, Sonic Medicine Expert, Global Health Advocate, and Mental Health Tech Advisor and on a mission to amplify human potential. I have worked on a variety of projects: As an SDG 3 advocate at the World Health Innovation Summit on health innovation and sustainability mandates in support of the Pope Francis COVID-19 commission in 2020, on the 25+5 SDG Cities Leadership Platform at World Economic Forum Davos in 2020 and 2022, the World Urban Forum 11 in 2022,  as well as Arts-for-SDGs projects with the World Health Organization, and the Global Social Prescribing Alliance. As a Neuromusician and artist I focus on the development of sonic technology. My latest publication covered suggestions for COVID-19-related strategic priorities of the Swiss healthcare system. 

Relevant credentials:
- Fully certified Physician, M.D. 2012 (Medical University of Vienna); 
- Specialized in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Swiss FMH Candidate);
- M.Sc. in Global Health, candidate 2024 (University of Geneva); 
- PG-Certified in Mind-Body-Medicine, 2020 (Harvard Medical School);
- PG-Certified in Global Health Delivery, 2018 (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health); 
- PG-Certified in Science Communication, 2023 (University of Geneva); 
- ETH/UZH Innosuisse Startup Training, 2017
- Music & Media composition Trainee, 2016 (University of the Arts Zurich);
- International Violinist since 2005, and former prodigy (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, David Oistrakh Academy Ingolstadt, University for Music and Theatre Munich).

* Developer of sonic methods & protocols;
* Meditator + yoga practitioner since 2016; 
* Certified in Neurosomatic Programming, 2016;
* 3x-certified Sound Therapist, 2019; 
* Certified Ayurveda Coach, 2021;
* Acupuncture Training 2010-2011, 
Austrian Society for Acupuncture;
* Integrative Health Doctor


As a physician and researcher, I gained clinical experience in the fields of pain therapy & neuroimmunology at the University Hospital Vienna AKH, and in mental and global health at the University of Zurich,  University of Geneva, Harvard University, Cambridge USA and private clinics.

In my former life as a concert violinist the stage was my home. The creative arts have been my playground and expressive tool eversince.  Between 2005 and now  I have co-created various international projects ranging from classical orchestra performances to rock-pop band recordings to different roles in the film industry in Zurich, New York, and Los Angeles. I have grown a diverse ecosystem around me - still joining creative teams when I find time.


Almost a decade ago, I began with meditation & sonic healing practices on a quest to understand human nature. Music is a way 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 meditaiton and awareness teachers and programs such as Sadhguru, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Jon Kabat Zinn, Don Conreaux, Joe Dispenza, Olga Klimecki and many others around the globe.
Following my roots, I spent extensive phases in diverse cultural contexts, especially Asia & the Far East, on my journey beyond what meets the eye. This deep reconnection widened my horizon in many ways. I find deep meaning in striving for a culture of conscious growth - to promote sustainable transformation in an increasingly complex world.

Find a compact vita overview below or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Work Vitae

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CONSULTANCY


  • Oct 2023 - ongoing
    Science Communication Intern,
    Swissfilms Christian Frei Filmproduktion
    coaching in science communication on the next documentary with  Dr. Christian Frei (Director, Filmproducer). Dr. Frei, one of the most acclaimed Swiss documentary filmmakers, is known for his films Genesis 2.0 (2018), Space Tourists (2009), The Giant Buddhas (2005) and War Photographer (2001). He is a Sundance Awardee and 74th Academy Awards Nominee .


  • Oct 2019 - ongoing
    Expert/Advisor, Mental & Global Health, Music Interventions, World Health Innovation Summit UK
    Due diligence and 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.


  • Nov 2022 - Dec 2023
    Medical Advisor, Sonic & Frequency-based Technologies for Brain Health / Mental Health,
    Convergence Partners AG, 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. 


  • 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



MUSIC & SOUND THERAPY


  • 2019 - ongoing
    Zurich-based Studio
    SOUND AND HEALTH  by Dr. Miriam Lee Burger
    Mentoring, and Sound Bath Immersions: in person, remote/digital , Music Composition (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) 



CLINICAL


  • 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

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RESEARCH




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Academic Vitae 

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MEDICINE


Publications


  • 2023
    Complete Health Needs More Than Medicine
    Social Prescribing for Health and Wellbeing: The Austrian public health magazine Periskop interviews Dr. Burger on Social Prescribing as a systemic solution for tomorrow's healthcare system - and the possibilities of Social Prescribing and sustainability for society. 


  • 2022
    Protecting The World From Future Pandemics
    More efficient and reactive health systems: how digitalizatiom will change healthcare. // Four visions for more equity, capacity and paradigm shift among global health systems by 2040. With this timely policy brief we introduced four visions for more equity, capacity and paradigm shift among global health systems by 2040 during the World Health Assembly 2023 in Geneva. It proposes four visions and policy plans to protect the world from future pandemics such as COVID-19, and calls for the improvement of health systems’ capacity, more efficient monitoring of infectious agents, more equitable manufacturing and distribution of pandemic-related countermeasures and asks the international community to address the root causes of pandemics.


  • 2022
    Music and medicine: innovations by the next generation

    Vienna. PERIGROUP The Austrian public health magazine Periskop reports on innovative, systemic solutions in medicine, and how Dr. Burger coined the term Sound Medicine. Insights on sustainability in healthcare systems, the power of music, and sound therapy for health, wellbeing, and resilience. 


Studies & Trainings

  • 2023
    Certification in SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
    University of Geneva Summer School, complementing my skillset in global health, and interest in collective dynamics & planetary evolution, to competently communicate scientific content in projects, public and policy matters.




  • 2018   
    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 and taught by Prof. Paul Farmer, and Prof. Rebecca Weintraub, Prof. Joia Murkherjee. 



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



MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS

Applied studies



  • 1990 - 1994
    VIOLIN, Junior student
    age 5-9y, Suzuki Method at the Public Music School Fürth, Germany


Projects

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MUSIC THERAPY | SONIC SCIENCE | MIND-BODY MEDICINE
A TRANSDISCIPLINARY HEALING APPROACH  

  • Digital Sound Baths | Deep Listening Soundscapes | Sound Meditation | Composition, Production, Live Performances
  • In-person, remote (corporate, well-being academies, wellness studios, medical practices)
  • Mentor and Teacher for Sound-Meditation

CONSULTANCY: MUSIC AS MEDICINE, BRAIN HEALTH, GLOBAL HEALTH
Embedded in/or as an active partner of diverse healthcare stakeholders:

  • Active member of UN Space and Global Health Taskforce, SGHN, UNOOSA 
  • Primary care, complementary medicine, and specialists in Switzerland and the U.K.
  • Alumna in academic institutions (Harvard University, Zurich University of the Arts ZHDK, University of Geneva, Medical University of Vienna)
  • Zurich: Yoga Studios, Leadership Networks, Public Health Networks, Medical Associations
  • Venture Capital Independent Advisory/Consulting for Convergence Partners AG (Zrh), focused on Health Tech + Brain Health, 2022-2023
  • Consulting for startups in Immersive Neurotech since 2020 
  • WEF Davos, UN SDG-Champions Conference (UN/UNGSII, World Health Innovation Summit), in 2020 + 2022
  • Expert member of the World Health Innovation Summit CIC (WHIS); collaborating on the UN-Habitat SDG-Cities Flagship Program, new approaches to prevention and well-being, i.e. the Global Social Prescribing Alliance 2019-2022
  • MD Expert at the WHIS team in support of the Vatican's COVID-19 Commission, Italy, 03-06/2020