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Peter Wayne PhD

Peter Wayne, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, and Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Peter has been trained and certified to teach by numerous internal arts masters including Robert Morningstar, Arthur Goodridge, Mantak Chia, and Michael Winn. During 2000, he studied in China and received certification from the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong. He has also completed a training course in Gesture of Awareness with Charles Genoud. A seasoned nationally recognized practitioner and teacher with more than 35 years of experience, Peter enjoys sharing his knowledge of the internal arts with all interested students. He particularly enjoys drawing on the principles of Western Science to help elucidate the ancient principles of traditional Oriental healing arts.

Between 2000-2007, Peter was the Research Director of the New England School of Acupuncture, where he developed and oversaw studies evaluating all branches of Chinese medicine. Peter’s current research at the Harvard Medical School includes clinical and basic research evaluating the effectiveness of Tai Chi and related complementary and alternative medical therapies for numerous medical conditions including balance disorders, cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, depression, and pulmonary disease. Peter has played a leading or collaborative role on more than 20 National of Institutes of Health funded studies, and his research has been published in a number of leading medical journals. He is also the author of The Harvard Guide to Tai Chi, published by Shambhala Publications.

  • Tai Chi
  • Wellness
  • Meditation