The Weil Foundation has selected a national academic medicine authority and former medical school dean as its new executive director. 

March 23, 2009

( TUCSON , AZ. ) —  In a move that affirms the critical roles that integrative medicine and medical education play in health system transformation, the Weil Foundation has selected a national academic medicine authority and former medical school dean as its new executive director.  James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., former Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, assumed the new position earlier this month, following the passing of the foundation’s first executive director, Woodward Wickham.

“Dr. Dalen was the first medical school dean in the country to promote the values of integrative medicine in academia, and many of the inroads we have made over the past decade can be directly attributed to his passion and hard work,” said Andrew Weil, M.D., founder and president of the Weil Foundation.  “The reform of medical education has long been the foundation’s top priority,” he continued, “and Dr. Dalen’s leadership, experience, and credentials in academic medicine will bolster our efforts to change the way physicians are taught.”

Dr. Dalen has been a member of the University of Arizona faculty since 1988.  He served as Dean of the College of Medicine from 1988 to 2001, and Vice President for Health Sciences from 1995 to 2001. In 1999, he co-founded the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and serves today as its senior advisor.  Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health, and teaches in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health.  He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington , and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University .

Founded in 2002, the Weil Foundation supports the advancement of integrative medicine through research, education, training, and policy reform. In 2008, the foundation awarded $670,000 in grants to organizations that share this mission.  Approximately 90 percent of the donations to the foundation come from Dr. Weil, who contributes all of his after-tax profits from royalties on the sale of retail products licensed by Weil Lifestyle, LLC.

According to the Weil Foundation, integrative medicine emphasizes the innate healing capacities of the organism; views patients as mental-emotional beings, spiritual entities, and community members as well as physical bodies; addresses all aspects of lifestyle in evaluating health and illness; places great importance on the role of the practitioner-patient relationship in the healing process; and makes use of all appropriate therapies. For more information, visit www.weilfoundation.org.

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