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Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.

Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Fadel Zeidan, PhD is the Executive Director at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSD.  He and his laboratory have discovered the neural processes supporting mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based pain relief. Recently, he and his team have demonstrated that mindfulness meditation is mechanistically distinct from and more effective than placebo, distraction, and relaxation. His research is currently funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and has disseminated his findings through traditional media outreach (CNNNPRTime MagazineCBS and others), Tedx and recently personally presented his work to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in Mongolia. In his new role at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Fadel will focus on expanding his research to focus on working with different patient populations and user-friendly approaches to promote the self regulation of pain. Fadel is especially excited at examining ways to integrate mindfulness from the lab to the clinic and community. 

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