Global Engagement

  • I am currently a Council Member of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM). ICTAM VIII was held in September 2013, in South Korea, and ICTAM IX will be held in January 2016 in India. Visit the IASTAM website to learn more.

  • In Fall 2012, anthropologist and linguist Mark Turin and I commenced a five-year commitment to co-edit Himalaya  the journal of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies.

    Founded in 1971 as the Nepal Studies Association with support from the Ford Foundation, ANHS is the oldest academic organization devoted to the study of the Himalaya in the United States. Today, ANHS is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization whose members include universities and colleges, faculty, scholars, resource and development professionals, students and other Himalayan-region residents and enthusiasts. ANHS members work or live in or are experts on Bhutan, Nepal, the Indian Himalaya, Pakistan, Tibet, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Himalaya began as the Himalayan Research Bulletin, and has since evolved into a leading peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles across the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. An online repository of the entire back archive of Himalaya is freely available to all, with a rolling two-year window for new issues to be uploaded and viewable. During our editorship, we aim to expand the journal’s online presence and make our journal a leader in the ‘open access movement’, the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly work, a policy to which we are deeply committed.

  • I began working with One Heart in 2002, when this organization was in its nascence, and working exclusively in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. One Heart World-Wide is dedicated to saving lives of women and children “one birth at a time” by providing training, material resources, medical expertise, and culturally attuned socioeconomic support to underserved rural communities. At present, One Heart works in Nepal and the Copper Canyon region of Mexico. The positive legacy of its decade of work in Tibet continues under a completely Tibetan-run organization based in Lhasa. I currently serve on One Heart’s Medical Advisory Board.

  • In 1998, Ken Bauer and I founded DROKPA a non-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze grassroots development and social entrepreneurship. DROKPA, which means “nomad” in Tibetan, focuses its energy on projects related to traditional medicine and public health, alternative energy, education, and cultural expression and revitalization.