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Richard A. Swenson, MD

Richard A. Swenson, MD, 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 within the University of Wisconsin Medical School system 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. While speaking at a church in Kuwait (2009), he fished in the Persian Gulf in sight of Iran & Iraq with a Pakistani guide named Mohammad. He is author of nine 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 latest book is CONTENTMENT: The Secret to a Lasting Calm (June 2013). His books have seen eleven translations and are known to exist in 150 countries.

He has written and presented widely, including both national and international settings, on the themes of margin, balance, contentment, stress, overload, complexity, progress, societal change, healthcare, future trends, and the connection between science and theology. 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. A Minute of Margin was distributed to thirty heads of state at the 2012 Chicago NATO conference. He was an invited guest participant for the 44th Annual National Security Seminar at the Army War College.

Dr. Swenson has given keynote presentations to national medical conferences such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Occupational Medicine, and the U. S. Army Medical Research and Material Command Commander’s Conference. He has given a dozen presentations at 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 healthcare, helping to initiate a national multidisciplinary group examining the health care crisis and exploring new paradigms. In 2003, he was awarded Educator of the Year by Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Dr. Swenson and his wife, Linda, live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Matthew (and Suzie) and Adam (and Maureen) and a granddaughter Katja.

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Dr. Swenson speaks on the following topics:

  • margin
  • stress and overload
  • life balance
  • contentment
  • complexity
  • progress and profusion
  • suffering
  • authenticity
  • future trends
  • healthcare
  • science and the sovereignty of God
    Travels from Wisconsin
    Contact Dr. Swenson by email.

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