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Michael  Samuelson

Michael Samuelson

Author, Healthcare/Disease Prevention Analyst & CEO, The Health & Wellness Institute

Michael Samuelson

Author, Healthcare/Disease Prevention Analyst & CEO, The Health & Wellness Institute


For close to 40 years — from Boston to Brussels, London to Little Rock, Peoria to Paris and Harrisburg to Havana, Cuba — Michael Samuelson has lectured on leadership, health promotion, patient experience, health policy, disease prevention and the dynamics of behavior change. An author of six books, most recently Wake Up! Beyond Survival…Living a Life of Thrival, and numerous articles on leadership and behavior change, his work has been featured on the ABC News program, 20/20, The CBS Morning Show, CNN and MSNBC as well as numerous national print publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Lancet, Employee Benefit News, Business Week and USA Today.  

Samuelson completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, is a Vietnam Era veteran of the US Air Force (1967-1971) and a recipient of the Commander’s Coin of Excellence from the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.     

His distinguished professional resume includes successful entrepreneur, senior vice president in the health insurance industry, CEO, university professor, Community Organizer and US health policy advisor. Samuelson’s writings, audio work and behavior change programs have been distributed to millions throughout the world and have been endorsed by scientists, politicians, advocacy organizations, business leaders and media personalities including: Betty Ford, Richard Carmona, C. Everett Koop, Ken Blanchard, The LIVESTRONG Foundation and Larry King.

Practicing what he preaches, Michael Samuelson is an avid world trekker with high altitude mountain adventures logged in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Alaska and the US lower 48. This was all after the age of 50 and after being diagnosed with and successfully treated for cancer.

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The Cancer Diagnosis

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Wake Up! Beyond Survival…Living a Life of Thrival

Over sixteen years ago, Michael H. Samuelson received a phone call that forever changed his life. “Hello, Michael. This is Dr. Marcus. No good news. You have cancer.” Those three words —you have cancer — echoed in his brain. For Michael, an internationally respected health educator and motivational speaker, his health message took on more urgency. The diagnosis was a penetrating “wake-up call” yanking him into menacing and mysterious territory. He was a man with breast cancer, a stranger in a strange land.


In the beginning, this uninvited voyage was distorted, only to burst forth with urgency, commanding him to leave the comfort of the couch, put on his boots, pick up his trekking poles and explore the outer reaches of the planet, on foot. This speech, based on his most recent book, captures his reflections and personal poems, sharpened by cancer, spawned from taxicabs, military service, mountains, rain forests, glaciers, boardrooms — and life.



High-Performance Balance: Effectively Balancing Work, Home & Community

The Power of the Possible: Enhancing Personal & Professional Performance

Voices from the Edge: Life Lessons from the Cancer Community