A Conversation With Daniel K. Church, PhD

The president of Bastyr University looks back on his career and offers thoughts on the future of naturopathic medicine.

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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Daniel Church, PhD, has been president of Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, since 2005. As he prepares for retirement at the end of this school year, he takes a candid look back and a thoughtful look forward as he comments about his tenure as president and the future of naturopathic medicine.
Approximate listening time: 20 minutes

About the Expert

Daniel K. Church, PhD, was named the third president of Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, in September 2005. From 1968 to 1978, Church lived in Seattle, Washington, where he was a tenured professor at Seattle Pacific University. He was also president and chief executive officer of Edwin Shaw Hospital in Akron, Ohio, for 17 years. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the humanities from San Francisco State University and his doctorate from the University of Washington. Church has served on the board of trustees of several state and regional organizations, including the Association of Washington Business and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992. She is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several booklets and books on the topic of integrative health. Gazella is the cocreator and chief executive officer of the iTHRIVE Plan, an innovative online wellness program specifically for cancer survivors. She also cohosts the popular podcast for patients, Five to Thrive Live, and hosts the Natural Medicine Journal podcast for integrative healthcare professionals.