Peter Wayne, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and director of research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Wayne is a tai chi researcher at the forefront of integrating Eastern and Western approaches to health. He has served as a principal or coinvestigator on more than 20 National Institutes of Health funded studies, the majority evaluating the safety and efficacy of tai chi exercise for medical conditions, including balance disorders, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, depression, and healthy aging. He also is an internationally recognized teacher of tai chi and qigong, with more than 35 years of personal and training experience. Known for his playful and engaging teaching style, he has the ability to elucidate the principles of Eastern healing arts and provide insights into the underlying physiological processes that explain how tai chi improves health.
The founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, Peter Wayne is author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.
What Others are Saying About Peter Wayne
"Peter Wayne is that rare individual who is sufficiently ‘bilingual’ to introduce tai chi to a largely open-minded yet skeptical medical community and to sensitively and movingly celebrate its timeless poetry, power, and appeal."
—David Eisenberg, MD, Harvard School of Public Health and the Samueli Institute
“Dr. Wayne gives us a magnificent and useful contribution for the betterment of our health and well-being through the proper integration of tai chi into our lives.”
—Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
“Peter Wayne has long been a leader in scientific research into how tai chi boosts health and well-being.”
—Yang Yang, PhD, author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power