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NAMEDavid B. Larson, M.D., M.S.P.H.
EDUCATION M.D. - Temple University Medical School, 1973
RESIDENCY Duke University Medical Center (Psychiatry), 1974-77
David Larson Dr. David B. Larson is the president and primary founder of the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality (ICIHS), a research-based organization committed to disseminating research on spirituality and health. His systematic reviews of the literature in the mid 1980's first brought recognition of the neglect of spirituality in research and clinical health care to the forefront of professional discourse.

Since that time, Dr. Larson has been actively engaged in research activities, amassing more than 250 professional publications. He has also stimulated critical new research that has examined the impact of spirituality on a variety of physical and mental health outcomes including mortality, chronic and serious illness, depression and aging. He has directed seven groundbreaking conferences, which have drawn together the nation's leading researchers and educators, and has become a recognized expert on the relationship of spirituality to physical, mental and social health.

Dr. Larson is a Duke University-trained psychiatrist and geriatrician, and an epidemiologist. He formerly served as a senior researcher in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Mental Health Services Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

In addition to presiding at ICIHS, Dr. Larson holds academic positions as an adjunct professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at both Duke University Medical Center and Northwestern University Medical School, as well as an adjunct professor of preventive medicine and biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Southern Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Larson is a frequent resource in the national media on issues surrounding health and spirituality. He has been featured on programs including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight," and in news magazines and the national press that include Time, U.S. News and World Report, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

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