Medical Practice

Diplomate, American
Board of Internal Medicine

Chief of Staff, 1982
Medical City Dallas Hospital

Private practice in
internal medicine,
Dallas Diagnostic Association

Biofeedback Department
Dallas Diagnostic Association

Advisory Positions

Co-chairperson of the
Panel on Mind/Body
Interventions of the
Office of Alternative Medicine,
National Institutes of Health,

Hillary Rodham Clinton's
Task Force on
Health Care Reform, 1993

The Section on Alternative
Medicine of the British
Parliament, 1993

Isthmus Institute,

Executive Editor

EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing

Alternative Therapies
in Health and Medicine,



The One Mind
The Power of Premonitions
The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
Healing Beyond the Body
Reinventing Medicine
Be Careful What
You Pray For

Prayer is Good Medicine
Healing Words
Meaning & Medicine
Recovering the Soul
Beyond Illness
Space, Time
and Medicine


Honors and Awards

Visonary Award, 2013
Integrative Healthcare
New York, New York

Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award, 2007
Bravewell Collaborative
New York, New York

Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award, 2004
Aspen Center for Integrative Health Aspen, Colorado

Archon Award, 2003
Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana

Founder's Award Excellence in Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 2002, National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, Washington, D.C.

J. G. Gallimore Award for Excellence in Alternative Health Education, 2001, U. S. Psychotronics Association

Alyce & Elmer Green Award for Innovation, 2001, Institute for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine

Hall of Fame Award Outstanding Contributions for 30 years, 2001, Natural Health Magazine

Annual 49th Maggie Award, 2000, Best Signed Editorial, "War: A Vietnam Memoir," Western Publications Association

Art, Soul, and Science of Healing Award, 2000, California Pacific Medical Center Institute for Health and Healing, San Francisco, CA

Pioneering Spirit Award, 1999, American Association of Critical Care Nursing

Visionary Award, 1997, Utne Reader

Gardner Murphy Prize, 1995, American Society for Psychical Research

Health Professional of the Year Award, 1984, Texas Nurses' Association

Bronze Star, 1969, U.S. Army, Vietnam

Army Commendation Medal for Valor, 1969, U.S. Army, Vietnam --------------------------------


"I used to believe that we must choose between science and reason on one hand, and spirituality on the other, in how we lead our lives. Now I consider this a false choice. We can recover the sense of sacredness, not just in science, but in perhaps every area of life."

Larry Dossey, M.D.
from Reinventing Medicine

This distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine.

Upon graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982.

An education steeped in traditional Western medicine did not prepare Dr. Dossey for patients who were blessed with "miracle cures," remissions that clinical medicine could not explain. "Almost all physicians possess a lavish list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal science," says Dr. Dossey. "A tally of these events would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on how the world works, especially when the mind is involved."

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The author of nine books and numerous articles, Dr. Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. The primary quality of all of Dr. Dossey's work is scientific legitimacy, with an insistent focus on "what the data show." As a result, his colleagues in medical schools and hospitals all over the country trust him, honor his message, and continually invite him to share his insights with them. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States --Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.

The impact of Dr. Dossey's work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey's works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of "nonlocal mind" -- mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, "nonlocal mind" has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey's ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine.

In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.

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