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Rev. Dr Gary Gunderson is Professor of Public Health Science in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Professor of the Health of the Public in the School of Divinity. He is visiting faculty at the University of Cape Town Division of Family Medicine and Public Health. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health.

He serves as Vice President for FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center which includes spiritual care, Clinical Pastoral Education and counseling centers in 32 locations across North Carolina as well as helping guide community health strategy for the 19-county service area. The Division is developing clinically relevant partnerships with hundreds of faith groups throughout the state in collaboration with other hospitals and community partners (partly supported by key Philanthropy such as The Duke Endowment and the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation). Gary is known for more than two decades of creative work in the field of faith and public health initially at The Carter Center and Emory School of Public Health and then in Memphis, Tennessee where the ideas found ground through more than 600 congregational partners showing hard evidence of significant improved outcomes including mortality, cost and dramatically lower hospitalization.

Gary has authored four books including the recent “Religion and the Health of the Public” with Dr. James Cochrance by Palgrave/McMillian. Deeply Woven Roots, by Fortress Press is widely used in seminaries since its publication in 1997.  He has done many articles and hundreds of presentations, often around novel concepts such as “religious health assets,”  “boundary leadership” and, perhaps most interesting, the “leading causes of life.” He is secretary of Stakeholder Health, a learning group of more than 40 healthcare systems convened in working collaboration with the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Gary is an ordained American Baptist minister with degrees from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Doctor of Ministry at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta as well as an honorary doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He blogs regularly at He has two daughters, Kathryn and Lauren, a grandson (Charles Isaac Gunderson Wolfe) and is married to Dr. Teresa Cutts, also faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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