Dr. Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang has served as Personal Physician to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama since 1988. In addition to these duties, Dr. Sadutshang serves as Chief Medical Officer of the prestigious Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India. After obtaining medical degrees at the universities of Chennai and Wales, Dr. Sadutshang received a Master of Public Health at Harvard University on a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Sadutshang is a founding board member of the Central Council of Traditional Medicine and a board member of the Tibet Charity. He has served the Tukdam Study as a Principal Advisor and Field Co-PI since the team began its first case of data collection in 2008.
MBBS, University of Chennai
MBBS, University of Wales College of Medicine
MPH, Harvard University
- Tibetan Delek Hospital
- No Detectable Electroencephalographic Activity After Clinical Declaration of Death Among Tibetan Buddhist Meditators in Apparent Tukdam, a Putative Postmortem Meditation State
- Effectiveness and safety of bedaquiline-containing regimens in the treatment of MDR- and XDR-TB: a multicentre study
- First case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis treated with both delamanid and bedaquiline
- First and second doses of Covishield vaccine provided high level of protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in highly transmissible settings: results from a prospective cohort of participants residing in congregate facilities in India
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.