Tyler Phan is an anthropologist who researches social structures and mechanisms of health and healing. His work ranges from investigating the medicalization of Chinese medicine in America to Adverse Events in contemplative practices.
Tyler received his Ph.D. at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Anthropology where his focus was on American Chinese Medicine. He began his academic path with B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. in Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he concentrated on policy relating to the practice of Tibetan medical practice of Sowa Rigpa (Gso ba rig pa). He is currently co-authoring an unorthodox introduction to Buddhism with Professor Christopher Vitale (Pratt Institute) and finishing his monograph on American Chinese Medicine.
Outside of academia, Tyler is a fifth-generation traditional Vietnamese medicine practitioner, tracing back to Viet Nam’s former capital of Huế. He began working at various traditional hospitals in Viet Nam at the age of eighteen. Later, he opened the first community acupuncture clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he provided affordable acupuncture to the city. The clinic offered non-opioid alternative to treating chronic pain.
With his experience in Viet Nam and his affiliation with the National Acupuncture Detox Association, he developed techniques to combat substance addiction and networked with other healthcare providers to help underserved communities in the city.