Richard A. Swenson, MD, received his BS in physics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Denison University (1970) and his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine (1974). Following five years of private practice, in 1982 Dr. Swenson accepted a teaching position as associate clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin medical school system Department of Family Medicine, where he taught for fifteen years. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author, and educator. As a physician, his focus is “cultural medicine,” researching the intersection of health and culture. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, western culture, faith, and healthcare.
Dr. Swenson has traveled extensively (to fifty-five countries, living abroad for a total of three years), including a year of study in Europe and medical work in developing countries. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives and The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live within Your Limits, both award winning. His works have been translated into five languages and have been distributed to more than 150 countries. His latest book is In Search of Balance.
He has written and presented widely, both nationally and internationally, on the themes of margin, stress, overload, life balance, complexity, societal change, health care, and future trends. A representative listing of presentations include a wide variety of career, professional, educational, governmental, and management groups; most major church denominations and organizations; members of the United Nations, Congress, NASA, and the Pentagon. He was an invited guest participant for the 44th Annual National Security Seminar.
Dr. Swenson has given presentations to national medical conferences such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Occupational Medicine, the American Society of Prospective Medicine, the general medical staff of the Mayo Clinic, as well as hundreds of other national, regional, state, and local medical settings. He also has researched extensively and written on the future of health care, helping to initiate a national multidisciplinary group examining the health-care crisis and exploring new paradigms. In 2002, he was awarded the National Leadership Award from the Central States Occupational Medical Association for his original work on margin and overload. In 2003, he was awarded Educator of the Year Award by Christian Medical and Dental Associations.
Dr. Swenson and his wife, Linda, live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They two sons, Matthew and Adam, daughters-in-law Suzie and Maureen, and a granddaughter, Katja.
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