'Prevention vs. Intervention: A Debate Featuring Drs. Andrew Weil and Irving Kron'
Join the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson for a very special conversation with Drs. Andrew Weil and Irving Kron about approaches to conventional medicine and complementary therapies and healing practices that are shaping tomorrow's care. Can prevention and intervention co-exist in today's complex health care environment? Both strategies have their benefits, improving health and saving lives. Can we find better ways to be patient-centered and focus on the whole person, mind, body and spirit to achieve optimal health and wellness?
About Dr. Andrew Weil:
Combining a Harvard University education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Weil is the founder and director of the UA's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones endowed chair in integrative rheumatology and is clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health. The center is the world's leading effort to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative medicine programs throughout the U.S., and through its fellowship, the center is now training doctors and nurse practitioners around the world.
Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care.
Weil is the editorial director of the popular website, DrWeil.com, the founder and chairman of the Weil Foundation, and the chairman of Weil Lifestyle. He is also a founder and co-owner of the growing group of True Food Kitchen restaurants. He also writes a monthly column for Prevention magazine. A frequent lecturer and guest on talk shows, Weil is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and the reform of medical education. In partnership with Seabourn and The Onboard Spa by Steiner, his "Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil" mindful-living program is offered on all Seabourn cruise ships. He lives in Tucson.
About Dr. Irving Kron:
Kron is interim dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson and senior associate vice president of UA Health Sciences, where he is a professor in the Department of Surgery. Kron received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He went on to conduct a general surgery residency at the Maine Medical Center in Portland before completing his training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1982 at the University of Virginia, where he was then appointed to the faculty. In 1993, Kron was named chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and became the program director of the Thoracic Residency program. Kron helped increase the national visibility of the division and the thoracic residency program at UVA. He also developed a successful National Institutes of Health-funded research laboratory where many residents and students have gained experience in thoracic surgical research.
Kron has served on the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Thoracic Residency Review Committee – including serving as chair – and NIH study sections. In 2002, Kron was named chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia. He was elected the 91st president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery from 2010-2011 and received the prestigious Bakken Scientific Achievement Award for his scientific contributions in cardiothoracic surgery during the 51st Annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2015.
Throughout his career, Kron has published more than 500 manuscripts, including 160 articles in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, making him the most prolific author published in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons journal's 50-year history. He also has made nearly 250 presentations on cardiothoracic surgery in the U.S. and internationally. He has published about 30 books and chapters, and has been the principal investigator for more than 20 funded research grants.
Kron's specialty interests include mitral valve and aortic valve surgery, surgery of the aorta, carotid artery surgery, coronary artery surgery, and heart transplantation.
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