Here to help you change your relationship with stress
Welcome! I’m Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang, a mother and wife, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician, and mindfulness teacher. More importantly, I deeply believe that stress happens! It’s a natural part of life. What comes next is up to you. To help you get there, my colleagues and I teach mindfulness, an evidence-based skill that is innate in all of us that encompasses practical and experiential solutions for dealing with stress. Join a supportive group of people and learn how to respond in healthier ways to stress, chronic illness, and other life challenges.
Explore my health and wellness services
I’m here to serve you if you are looking to live a fuller life and to help my fellow healthcare professionals looking to do the same. I invite you to explore my services, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course and healthcare professional wellness offerings. Work with me personally on a better approach to stress and chronic illness, or book me to speak or lead an experiential group session. A portion of all proceeds received from honoraria and fees (not associated with Coastal Pulmonary Associates) will go to a different non-profit organization each year. Past non-profits include the Young Survival Coalition (a national support for young breast cancer survivors).
Get personalized one-on-one practices, group sessions, or register for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. All mindfulness work is based on practical and experiential strategies that help you cope with stress.
I am currently Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine, and a fellow in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. I’m available for appointments related to respiratory-related medical concerns at Coastal Pulmonary Associates. Please call (760) 230-8994 to book an appointment. Our practice takes most major insurances.
As part of my cancer journey, I developed a close relationship with integrative medicine having used it in my healing with conventional and complementary approaches (mind-body therapies, for example). I’m always open to speaking about my personal journey, or providing an introduction to integrative medicine.
Get to know me better
I’m a wife and mother of two, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician, and mindfulness teacher. Your health and wellness, alongside my peers, colleagues, and community members, is the central purpose of my career. This includes my current role as Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates, as well as time as a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine as a volunteer there for the Medical Student-Run Free Clinic for uninsured patients.
Here’s the thing: allopathic medicine and my participation in a clinical trial saved my life from cancer. But integrative therapies such as mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, and yoga have enriched my quality of life significantly. That’s why I’m so committed to promoting physician wellness and teaching mindfulness to patients, healthcare professionals, and their students.
Voted a San Diego Top Doctor in 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022
2019 American Lung Association San Diego Lung Health Provider of the Year
Ni-Cheng's Mindful Physician course was such a valuable and powerful course and really helped me get a clear grounding in mindfulness practices. I appreciated all the various tools she taught us, ranging from sitting practices to walking mindfulness. I also valued the accountability of regular meetings, homework assignments, and group discussions. It was great to be in the company of like-minded physicians who relate to the work-balance issues that so many of us face. Ni-Cheng is approachable, clear, and passionate about teaching mindfulness. I highly recommend her and her courses to anyone who is interested. I think everyone could benefit from these scientifically proven practices.
Judith Hong MD
"She knows the topics of mindfulness and resilience well, but what makes her different from other teachers is her unique ability to “reach” into the heart and soul of each member of the audience to share her life experiences. In a long career in medicine (nearly a half-century from my first day of medical school) I have only witnessed two other people who had this powerful ability. Such immense power is necessary to motivate doctors to change behaviors and even viewpoints, but clearly her motivation is necessary for us. This Health Sciences Faculty Retreat was well-received by all in attendance."
W. Norcross, MD
Executive Director, PACE (Physician Assessment and Clinical Education), Professor of Family Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine
"I attended a one-hour Sunrise Seminar on an Introduction to Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals at the American Thoracic Society Meeting in 2019 led by Ni-Cheng. It was a wonderful experience. Ni-Cheng really understands how to teach this material. She used the hour wisely, devoting a short amount of time to reviewing data about mindfulness, enough to ensure we were convinced of its benefits, and spending a good amount of time in instructor-led mindful experiences. Ni-Cheng's choice of mindful experiences was perfect for the audience and the time. I left refreshed and with a renewed commitment to mindfulness practice."
R.Adamson, MBBS, ATSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
"I attended an 8 week mindfulness based stress reduction course taught by Dr. Liang. Dr. Liang was a wonderful teacher and guide through the course. We covered multiple techniques of meditation and mindfulness and were able to practice these at home and during each class session. This was an invaluable experience and I've already benefited by applying the techniques to my home and work life. Dr. Liang taught with a natural ease and was able to translate the practices and study of mindfulness in a way that was easily relatable and applicable in day to day life. I'm grateful for the experience and still try to apply these invaluable lessons daily."
D. Hall, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
"I just wanted to thank Dr. Liang and her Mindfulness class. I have so appreciated the non-judgemental approach of meditation in an environment that was so relaxing and engaging at the same time. I learned not only to be consciously more present in my everyday affairs but a greater sense of awareness of myself and others. I love the fact that the approach is so gentle and natural to our being. I really feel similar to what others such as Anderson Cooper from CNN that this is one of the most important things that I have learned and will apply to the rest of my life. It is a tool that has allowed me to bring our answers deep within me and free my way of thinking. Thank you again."
Participant, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
I must share since I’ve been doing my meditation and self love, I have been filled with joy and bliss. I do not have asthma attacks as severe. I can breathe so much better. “The fear is gone “ of the unknown. I live in the now, so I take it one step at a time.
Dr Liang, you’ve been an inspiration to me. Thank you!