Michael Kearney MD
Michael is a physician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, with over 35 years experience. He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as medical director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, Ireland. He later worked with Professor Balfour Mount at McGill University in Montreal, where together they introduced a program of healing (as whole person care) into the undergraduate medical curriculum, and as medical director of The Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon. He is a founding partner of Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara and works as medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and with the Community Palliative Care Program. He also works as associate medical director of Serenity House with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.
Throughout his career, Michael has been interested in combining medical treatment with approaches that enhance the innate healing of body and mind, such as Buddhist meditation and Native Spirituality.
In 2009, Michael was lead author on an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that proposed a self-awareness based approach to self-care. He is the author of two popular books, Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing, and A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life. His third book, The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain, (see box below) will be published in February, 2018
Michael teaches nationally and internationally on self-care and psycho-spiritual healing at the end of life. He has trained with Buddhist activist, Joanna Macy and integrates her “Work that Reconnects” into his teaching. For the past 10 years, Michael has been teaching locally in Santa Barbara with his wife Radhule Weininger. Together they are spearheading the "Solidarity and Compassion Project.”
"The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain"
A concise and inspirational book for anyone dealing with chronic or acute pain by a long time palliative care doctor who is greatly inspired by Native American wisdom and the natural world. This book is a celebration of impermanence and what it means to be awake, alive, and connected to the world.
The Nest in the Stream is an encouraging and inspiring book for the times we live in. Michael Kearney, a physician whose day job is alleviating the pain and suffering of others, shows that how we live with our pain matters hugely, as it affects our quality of living and our capacity to find healing for ourselves, for others, and for our world. Drawing on engaged Buddhism, the indigenous wisdom of Native American and Celtic spirituality, and the powerful teachings he gained by observing nature, Kearney presents a new model for resilience and self-care.