Kenneth R. Pelletier

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Biographical Information

"Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Professor of Public Healthat the University of Arizona School of Medicine; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University of Arizona School of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP)which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations including IBM, Ford, Dow, Prudential, Cisco, Pepsi, Mercer, Thomson Reuters, Walgreens, and NASA. Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with American Specialty Health (ASH) in San Diego, California.

"Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco (UCSF).

"In addition to his faculty positions, Dr Pelletier has served a member of the Board of Directors of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), Health Net, and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, and alternative/integrative medicine.

"At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), and major corporations including IBM, American Airlines, Medtronic, Disney, Merck, Ford, NASA, Microsoft , Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Healthtrac Foundation, Rancho la Puerta Spa, American Institute of Stress, International Spa Association (ISPA),American Journal of Health Promotion, and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), and Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning,Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.

"Dr. Pelletier is the author of twleve (12) major books including the international best seller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind – Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); and Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005); and New Medicine: Integrating Complementary, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment (London and New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2007)."[1] Regarding the last book, Dr. Mehmet Oz says: "Every family should have this book in their home!"


Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

"Beginning in 1984, the Corporate Health Improvement Program was founded by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco with a grant from the Bank of America Foundation. The purpose of Corporate Health Improvement Program was to develop and evaluate innovative preventive health and medical interventions for both clinical and cost effectiveness. The Corporate Health Improvement Program was transferred in 1990 to Stanford University School of Medicine where it was known as the Stanford Corporate Health Program.

"Due to the growing interest in and success of Integrative Medicine, in 2004, the Corporate Health Improvement Program program has moved to the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

"AzCIM was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona in 1994 with the assistance of a core group of visionary leaders. Generous philanthropists gave AzCIM its start. AzCIM's mission is to foster the transformation of healthcare through innovative educational programs, outstanding research and exceptional clinical care that integrates biomedicine, the complexity of human beings, and the healing power of nature." [1]

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  1. Kenneth R. Pelletier Kenneth R. Pelletier, organizational web page, accessed June 26, 2013.
  2. Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Board, organizational web page, accessed June 26, 2013.
  3. Institute of Noetic Sciences Extended Faculty, organizational web page, accessed July 14, 2013.