Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke, and registered nurse (RN).
As co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, he has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with nearly 250 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 26 books in print or in preparation. Editor of the Medline research journal, the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. Founder and editor-in-chief of Science and Theology News, a monthly international newspaper stimulating research, education, and dialogue in science and theology. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on approximately 50 national and international TV news programs (including all major US news networks), 80 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR, BBC, and CBC interviews), and close to 200 national or international newspapers or magazines (including cover stories for Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek). In September 1998, Dr. Koenig was invited to give testimony before the U.S. Senate concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on health. He has been interviewed by James Dobson on Focus on the Family and by Robert Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral on the Hour of Power.
Dr. Koenig has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. His latest books include the The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2001 paperback), The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001), Spirituality in Patient Care (Templeton Foundation Press, 2002), and his autobiography, The Healing Connection (Templeton Foundation Press, 2004).