Prevention vs. Intervention debate (Dr. Weil vs. Dr. Kron)


Tues. April 23, at 7 to 8:30 p.m. at UA Centennial Hall

“Can prevention and intervention co-exist in today’s complex health care environment? Both strategies have their benefits, improving health and saving lives.

Can we find better ways to be patient-centered and focus on the whole person — mind, body and spirit — to achieve optimal health and wellness?

Join the University of Arizona College of Medicine – for a very special conversation about approaches to conventional medicine and complementary therapies and healing practices that are shaping tomorrow’s care. With Andrew Weil, M.D. and Irving L. Kron, M.D.

This is an open admission event at Centennial Hall (1020  E. University Blvd). Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to grab a seat as seating is limited. Centennial Hall now performs bag checks. Please note, bags larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12” are not permitted.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. The evening started off with lectures by Dr. Weil and Dr. Kron, moderated by Pres. Robbie Robbins, but then 3 women doctors took the stage — Dr. Juanita Merchant (gastroenterologist), Dr. Nancy Schweitzer (cardiologist), Dr. Roberta Brinton (Alzheimer’s research), also joined by Dean of the College of Science Joaquin Ruiz. Dr. Weil is celebrating 25 years of his integrative medicine institute, with plans to build a hospital building at UMC. He called what we have a “disease management system”. I think that Dr. Weil won this debate, but others would probably say it was a tie with cardiologist Dr. Kron, who spoke of surgical intervention and stents for arterial blockage, but with secondary prevention advice thereafter.

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