Tenzin Namdul, TMD, PhD

Director, Integrated Health and Education

Dr. Tenzin Namdul is a medical anthropologist and a Tibetan Medicine doctor, driven to understand mind-body relationship in studying aging and memory through the lens of biocultural and Tibetan medical paradigms. He incorporates his wide array of training into translational science to examine how cultural values and practices shape the ways in which individuals age and die and care for others who are dying. For his doctoral research, Dr. Namdul examines how Tibetan medical doctors, Buddhist practitioners, and lay people’s perspectives about death and dying translate into their care for dying individuals and their own dying process. Specifically, he explores the Tibetan Buddhist contemplative practice called tukdam—a meditation an adept practitioner indulges in after a clinical death—through ethnographic study and shows how it informs and shapes both the sociomoral fabric of life and the sense of wellbeing at the time of dying among Tibetan refugees in southern India.

Dr. Namdul’s current research investigates factors associated with cognitive and physical resilience and how they influence aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among Tibetan Buddhist monks in southern India.

Postdoctoral Fellow, TRACT TL1 Scholar, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota
PhD, Medical Anthropology, Emory University
TMD, Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical & Astro-Science School, Dharamsala, India
MA, Cultural Anthropology, Emory University
Graduate Certificate, Public Health Core Concepts, University of Minnesota
BA, Anthropology, University of Minnesota