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Dick Swenson

Featured on Woman to Woman on March 20, 2010.

Richard A. Swenson received his B.S. in physics Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University (1970) and his M.D. 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-Department of Family Medicine where he taught for 15 years. In 1994, he was awarded "Teacher of the Decade" within the residency where he worked. 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.

Swenson has traveled extensively (over 50 countries, living abroad a total of three years), including a year of study in Europe and medical work in developing countries. He has presented widely, including both national and international settings, on the themes of margin, stress, overload, life balance, complexity, societal change, healthcare, and future trends. He is the author of six books. Among these are the best-selling MARGIN: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives and THE OVERLOAD SYNDROME: Learning to Live within Your Limits.

Swenson and his wife, Linda, live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Matthew and Adam, a daughter-in-law Maureen, and a granddaughter Katja Elizabeth.

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