After graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Larry Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his MD from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. He helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982. The author of 12 books and numerous articles, Dr Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. Since 2005, he has been the executive editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.
Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only 3 US medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and spirituality in health; currently, most medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr Dossey's works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of nonlocal mind mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, nonlocal mind has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. His most recent book is One Mind (2013). Dr Dossey's ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine. In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors pioneers whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.