Biography – Vivekanand Palavali, MD

I am epicurean in philosophy and a brain surgeon by profession. Born in India, I migrated to the USA in 1986 and now am an American citizen. Naturally inquisitive, I have been curious to figure out the best way to live this one and only life. During residency training at University of Chicago and practicing neurosurgery for 12 years in Michigan, I dealt with many unexpected tragedies that patients suffer from, which made me realize that life is fragile and must be revered and enjoyed to the best possible extent, every day. As a consequence I authored the book, “A mindful life: A brain surgeon’s personal experiences and philosophical reflections on living life fully.”

I have also been on a quest, since my teenage years, to find an answer to the big question, “Does God really exist?” That philosophical inquiry took me through a global journey. Of course, I took a video camera during those world travels and couldn’t resist producing a documentary film, “Creator of God: A brain surgeon’s story”. I couldn’t sit still watching the incessant images of children dying, getting debilitated or displaced from their families and homes due to crusades and jihads around the world, dying in the name of God. I had to document my point of view, from a brain surgeon’s perspective, if God exists or not.

I believe in love and peace.
I enjoy nature, philosophy, science, oil painting and world travel.