Fernando Kogen Kawai, MD, FACP is a geriatrician and palliative care physician and works as the Program Director for the Palliative Care Fellowship at NY Presbyterian Queens Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University . A graduate of the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship Program in Boston, he completed his hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Stanford University. He presented much of his work at national meetings of the American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has been recognized with numerous awards including the New Clinician Educator Award from Harvard Medical School, a Leadership Recognition Award from Stanford University, an award for exceptional humanistic qualities, and a merit of honor for his work with underserved minorities. Fernando lived in Japan , has practiced meditation in Asia and currently he is a Zen student at the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care.