Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) has announced that Tracy Gaudet, MD, will serve as the keynote speaker for the SCU Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony.
SCU’s Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held Monday, Dec. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, located at 21500 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, California, 92648. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for guest seating and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
Tracy Gaudet, MD, is a leader in the development of whole health through decades of radically re-envisioning and implementing new approaches to address health outcomes and costs. She is cofounder of the Cornerstone Collaboration for Societal Change, the nation’s leading expert in whole health, and worked alongside SCU to develop the first-ever Doctor of Whole Health Leadership program.
Prior to this, she served as the founding Executive Director of the Whole Health Institute. Gaudet was also the Founding Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administration’s National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. This Office led VHA’s transformation to Whole Health, an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and live their most meaningful lives. Under her leadership, Veteran Affairs (VA) health care delivery has been re-envisioned and is being implemented nationally.
Previously, Gaudet was with Duke University Health System, where she served as Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine until 2010. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine created a state-of-the-art health care facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration, demonstration and research of new models of patient-centered care.
Prior to her work at Duke, Gaudet was the Founding Executive Director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, leading the design of the country’s first comprehensive curriculum in this new field and launching the Distance Learning Fellowship. In addition, Gaudet co-founded the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.
Gaudet, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, was featured in the PBS nationally acclaimed special entitled “The New Medicine,” and named by Shape magazine as one of the eleven women who shape the world. Gaudet has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare and featured as a Game Changer in Fortune Magazine. She was honored with the Bravewell Leadership Award for her significant contributions to advancing the field of medicine, recognized for her significant leadership that benefited our nation’s veterans with the Exemplary Service Award, and most recently was honored with the Visionary Award from the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine for her leadership in transformative health care.
Gaudet is also the author of Consciously Female, a book on integrative medicine and women’s health, and Body, Soul, and Baby.