How University Of Arizona Professor Phillip Kuo Is Bridging Eastern And Western Medicine

By Lauren Gilger, Kaely Monahan
Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 12:33pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 12:59pm

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Professors GuoFeng Qu ShaoJun Lyu
Phillip Kuo
Professors GuoFeng Qu (left) and ShaoJun Lyu (right) of Beijing Normal present Irving Kron, MD, senior associate vice president, UA Health Sciences, a banner with their college motto: “Steadfastness and Innovation, Resilience and Future.”

Dr. Phillip Kuo’s feet stand firmly in Western medicine. He’s a professor of medical imaging and biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona, but he’s also dedicated to one of Eastern medicine’s oldest practices: tai chi.

That’s what led him to form a friendship 20 years ago with acclaimed tai chi master ShaoJun Lyu. The two had a grand idea to create a project that would bridge the gap between their two worlds — Eastern and Western medicine.

They met again in Tucson two decades later, and now they’re doing just that. The two formed the nonprofit International Society of Chinese Health Practices, which just held its first symposium in Beijing.

The Show spoke with Kuo more about how it all began.

 International Taijiquan Health Science Conference
Phillip Kuo
The 2019 International Taijiquan Health Science Conference co-hosted by Beijing Normal University and University of Arizona.

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