Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP, C-IAYT, a retired Vascular Surgeon turned Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Practitioner is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy who combines his 45-year experience in Western Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.
Dr. Sarkar has held positions that included teaching as a primary focus of his medical career. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital.
He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: Past-President of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, Virginia, Chairman of it's Mission Committee and My Life Check; Life Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Member of its' Standards Yoga Subcommittee; President of the Board of Directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); Fellow, American College of Surgeon (FACS) Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) and Chairman of the Board, Life in Yoga Institute. He is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Yoga Therapist. He continues to practice and teach classes in Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Medicine and Integrative Medicine. He teaches Yoga Therapy both nationally and internationally to health care providers, on integrating Yogic wisdom and science of Western Medicine. He started the first category one ACCME approved CME course in USA for physicians: “Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals” in 2010.
Currently, he is the Chairman, Center for Integrative Medicine and Yoga, Taksha Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
After 25 years of practice as a Vascular Surgeon in Tidewater Virginia, Dr. Sarkar retired from practice after suffering a heart attack and undergoing coronary artery by-pass surgery in 2001. Since then, he developed a profound interest in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Therapy, devoting considerable time to the study of these ancient treatments and wellness philosophies in Virginia and in India.