Surya Pierce, MD, is an integrative family physician and yoga meditation teacher. He is board certified in family medicine and integrative/holistic medicine (ABIHM), as well as a registered Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT). He was raised in a small Minnesota town and introduced to yoga by his parents at a young age. Surya’s first interest in medicine arose as he began to teach hatha yoga in 2000. He completed medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and stayed briefly to work with the UW Academic Integrative Medicine Program. Amongst the formative experiences in Surya’s integrative medical education were preceptorships with Tsetan Sadutshang (personal physician to the Dalai Lama) and teaching yoga to medical trainees.
Surya is currently a staff physician at the University of Oklahoma Health Services and serves on the health board of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He teaches community classes in yoga meditation and continues to work to integrate the worlds of yoga and biomedicine in varied contexts. His interests include Ayurvedic medicine, botanical medicine and care for underserved populations.