Kenneth R. Pelletier, MD, is a clinical associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine, and is vice president of Healthtrac Inc. in Menlo Park, Calif. At the Stanford University School of Medicine, Pelletier is director of the Stanford corporate health program, a collaborative program between Stanford and 20 major corporations. Since 1979, Pelletier has been the president of the American Health Association and served as a founding board member and chairman of the board of the California Wellness Foundation. From 1974 until joining Stanford University, Pelletier served as an associate clinical professor in the department of medicine and the department of psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and has published more than 225 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, health promotion, and psychoneuroimmunology.
Currently, Pelletier is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ODPHP), the National Resource Center on Worksite Health Promotion, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Canadian Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization. Pelletier has been a leader in the development of corporate health promotion programs and serves as a consultant to the Washington Business Group on Health and major corporations including IBM, American Medical International, and General Motors. Pelletier is the author of seven major books including the international best seller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, and his research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous nationally television programs.