Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country’s leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies.
Terry earned her AB (Bachelor of Arts) degree magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1969. She earned her Master’s (1971) and PhD (1976) degrees from The University of Michigan. During her doctoral research, she received support from the University’s Institute for Environmental Quality. From 1982 to 1983, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Medical Anthropology Program of the University of California, San Francisco.
Medical anthropologist Teresa (Terry) Graedon, PhD, is a best-selling author, syndicated newspaper columnist, and award-winning internationally syndicated radio talk-show host. Teresa Graedon graduated magna cum laude with an AB from Bryn Mawr College in 1969, majoring in anthropology. She attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning her AM in 1971. She received a fellowship from the Institute for Environmental Quality (1972–1975), which enabled her to pursue doctoral research on health and nutritional status in a migrant community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her doctorate was awarded in 1976.
Terry taught at the Duke University School of Nursing with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Anthropology from 1975 to 1979. Thereafter she periodically taught courses in medical anthropology and international health at Duke University. From 1982 to 1983 she pursued postdoctoral training in medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Terry is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Association for Health Care Journalism and the Society for Participatory Medicine. With her husband Joe, she was part of the E-Patients Scholars group that published Dr. Tom Ferguson’s white paper, E-Patients: How they can help us heal health care, after his death. She has served as co-editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal, since 2011. Terry is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
She served on the Patient Safety & Quality Assurance Committee of the Board of Duke University Health Systems from 2003 to 2010 and was a founding member of the Patient Advocacy Council of Duke University Health System from 2005 to She also served on the Women’s Health Resources Center Board, Chapel Hill, NC, from 1989 to 1991 and was a state board member of the Childhood Trust between 1991 and 1995. Terry was a member of the School of Nursing Foundation Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2002 to 2006. She began serving on the Guilford College Board of Trustees in 2010.
Terry joins her husband Joe in writing the thrice-weekly newspaper column, The People’s Pharmacy. It has been syndicated nationally by King Features Syndicate since 1978. She also co-hosts The People’s Pharmacy radio show, which won a Silver Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1992. It is syndicated to hundreds of public and community radio stations in the United States. In 2003 Joe and Teresa received the Alvarez Award at the 63rd annual conference of the American Medical Writers Association for “Excellence in Medical Communications.” Joe & Terry were named “Hometown Heroes” through the WCHL Village Pride Award in 2009.
Joe and Terry were charter members of the North Carolina Consortium of Natural Medicine and Public Health and served on the Consortium Executive Committee in 2003. They were presented with the America Talks Health “Health Headliner of 1998” award for “superior contribution to the advancement of medicine and public health education.” Together they were designated Ambassadors Plenipotentiary by the City of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, where they live.
Terry earned a black belt in karate from Safe Skills dojo in 1997.
Together, she and Joe chaired the committee of dedicated volunteers who worked with Friends General Conference staff to plan the 2015 Annual Gathering in Cullowee, NC.
Bachrach Lecture for the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, 2013
“Hometown Heroes,” the WCHL Village Pride Award, 2009
City of Medicine USA (Durham, NC) Designated Ambassador Plenipotentiary, 1999
Harriet Cook Carter Distinguished Lecturer for Duke University School of Nursing, 1999
Terry has expertise on the following subjects:
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