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Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc.  Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center.  He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine.  He is also a registered nurse (RN).  Dr. Koenig is founder and former director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health, and is founding co-director of the current Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center.  He has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 300 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation.  He is co-editor of Duke Medicine’s Faith, Spirituality and Health, and the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine (peer-reviewed MEDLINE journal) and of Science and Theology News (a publication of the Templeton Foundation).

His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on over 50 national and international TV news programs (including The Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and several times on Good Morning America), over 80 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR and BBC interviews), and hundreds of national and international newspapers or magazines (including cover stories for Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek).  Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (September 1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (September 2008) concerning the effects of religious involvement on public health.  He has been interviewed by James Dobson on Focus on the Family and by Robert Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral on the Hour of Power.  Dr. Koenig has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

His latest books include The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2001); The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001); and his autobiography, The Healing Connection (2004); Faith and Mental Health (2005); In the Wake of Disaster (Templeton Press); Kindness and Joy (2006); Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd edition (2007); and Medicine, Religion and Health  (Fall, 2008) published by Templeton Foundation Press. Dr. Koenig travels widely to give workshops and seminar presentations.

Links for further information :
Duke University’s Spirituality and Health Summer Workshops
Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health
Healing Power of Faith
The Healing Connection (Dr. Koenig’s story in detail)
Spirituality in Patient Care
Medicine, Religion and Health
Dr. Koenig’s Speaking Engagements Calendar
Testimony before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives


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