Lissa Rankin, MD, is a physician, speaker, and author. She was a practicing OB/GYN for eight years before she—burnt out and recognizing her "savior complex"—left her practice in 2007. She subsequently spent two years realizing that "you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling" before opening an integrative medicine practice where she became fascinated with spontaneous remissions and began a sincere study of mind-body medicine that led to her research in sacred medicine.
Rankin is author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling and is founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, where she and a team of luminary faculty like Deepak Chopra, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, and Joan Borysenko train physicians and other health care providers in whole health and self-care. She is passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness and is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual but also uplifts the health of the collective.
Bridging seemingly disparate worlds, Rankin is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her sacred medicine. She has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 2.5 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen and Kripalu.
Since 2010 she has dedicated her life to writing, teaching, speaking, and researching sacred medicine full time. As part of her research, she has traveled around the world, meeting with shamans in Peru, qigong masters from China, energy healers from Hawaii, electric healers in Bali, and a variety of other mystical healers. She is on a grassroots mission to put the “care” back in health care, to reunite healing and spirituality, and to inspire sacred activists to participate in the transformation of consciousness that is revolutionizing the world with acts of love, compassion, and kindness.