Dr. Konen taught Family Medicine, Public Health, Health Care Systems and History of Medicine for 35 years at various academic institutions including 8 years as a department chair in Family and Community Medicine. He served as Vice Chair of Family Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine/Baptist Hospital before coming to Carolinas Medical Center as Chair of Family Medicine. He then went to work with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in NYC, initially in Pfizer’s cardiovascular division and then in its international division. In 2019 he retired with 15 years of pharmaceutical industry leadership in field medical, medical affairs, pharmaceutical innovation and integrated health from both US and Global perspectives. He also taught part-time as adjunct faculty at Davidson College for 17 years. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1975 (AB), the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1979 (MD), and the University of Utah in 1984 (MSPH) where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow.