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2nd Jack Cogan Annual Lecture in Integrative Medicine – David Rakel, MD

December 6, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Rakel will be speak on “Doing More, Taking Less and Living Longer––Health is More About What We Do than What We Take.”

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is to host the 2nd annual lecture to honor the life of Mr. Jack Cogan on December 6th, 2022 at 10:30am ET.

The lecture series recognizes Mr. Cogan’s commitment to physical activity and health, and his intersection with and support of Integrative Medicine at the Osher Center.

This 2nd installment of the lecture series features Dr. David Rakel. Dr. Rakel is the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Integrative Medicine Program. His work focuses on bringing healing modalities into medical school education. Dr. Rakel will be speaking on “Doing More, Taking Less and Living Longer–Health is More About What We Do than What We Take.”

This will be a hybrid event, with the lecture held at the Bornstein Family Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and broadcast live via Zoom. For those attending in person the lecture will be followed by a networking reception in Carrie Hall at BWH.


10:30-11:30am ET: Annual Lecture: David Rakel, MD: “Doing More, Taking Less and Living Longer–Health is More About What We Do than What We Take.”

Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH, 45 Francis Street, Boston / Zoom video conference.

11:40 – 12:30 pm ET: Networking Reception in honor of Mr. Jack Cogan

Carrie Hall, 15 Francis Street, BWH (no virtual option). The reception is a short walk along ‘the Pike’ within the BWH campus.


No charge to attend.

Please indicate whether you will attend the lecture and reception in person or whether you will only join the lecture via Zoom. CME credit available for both in-person and virtual attendance.

Speaker Biography: David Rakel, MD

Dave Rakel is Professor & Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2001 as an assistant professor of family medicine. During his time at UW–Madison he founded the Integrative Medicine Program (now known as the Integrative Health Program) and received the Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the school’s highest honor for excellence and compassion in care. His team worked with more than 50 clinical systems within the Veterans Health Administration to implement changes to make care more personalized, proactive, and patient driven.

An author of both academic and popular writings, Rakel says one of his missions is to communicate medical information in a way that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. He has published 11 books, including the Textbook of Family Medicine, Current Therapy, and Integrative Medicine, as well as peer-reviewed research on the impact of measures such as mindfulness meditation and the power of the therapeutic encounter. He serves as editor-in-chief of Practice Update, a website devoted to commentaries on primary medical care research. His 2018 book The Compassionate Connection focuses on how relationship-building can influence health outcomes.

Rakel obtained his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1991. After residency training in family medicine in Colorado, he worked in private practice in rural Idaho. His burgeoning interest in the relationships between health, the human experience, and the environment led to a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital
45 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States


Osher Center for Integrative Medicine , Harvard Medical School