Commencement Speaker

Nortin M. Hadler, M.D.

Nortin HadlerNortin M. Hadler, M.D., is a distinguished physician and author who has published extensively on the future of medicine and the need to reform the health care system.

Hadler is a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He previously trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and the Clinical Research Centre in London. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School, and a diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Geriatrics. He joined the UNC faculty in 1973 and was promoted to professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology in 1985. He serves as an attending rheumatologist at the UNC Hospitals.

Throughout his career, Hadler has been a student of “the illness of work incapacity.” He has authored more than 200 papers and 12 books detailing the various sociopolitical constraints imposed by nations to the challenges of applying disability and compensation insurance schemes to workplace injuries. He has written widely on contemporary issues facing health care, including medicalization, overtreatment, and the need to return to a patient-centered approach to health care reform. His recent works include: “The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-care System” and “Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America.”