Dr. Caryl Guth
Dr. Caryl Guth is honored for professional longevity, a testament to her many years as a dedicated anesthesiologist. Dr. Guth is currently retired, and last served as the chair of the department of anesthesiology of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital System in California. She had started working at the hospital system in 1967 and remained there until her retirement in 2000. In 2003, she helped establish the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In this venture, she supported pioneering research of Drs. Christina Ross and Fadel Zeidan that will enable physicians and medical students to learn how to treat pain patients without opioids. Her peers and colleagues recognize her as an anesthesiologist that understood the need to be involved and visible—on hospital boards, in community organizations and with professional societies.
Dr. Guth has also worked as an instructor at Radboud University (formerly the University of Nijmegen) in the Netherlands and as a fellow in anesthesiology at Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex, England. She has been an instructor at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, a member of the board of science and policy advisors for the American Council on Science and Health, and a holistic and integrative medicine physician. She received an AA from Mars Hill College in 1955 and continued her education at Wake Forest University. At the latter institution, she received a BS and an MD in 1957 and 1962, respectively. She continued with an internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a residency at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Furthermore, she earned a certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
In her career, Dr. Guth also served in many executive roles. After serving as the Assistant Treasurer for the California Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Guth was made President-Elect, and then President of the organization in the early 1980s. With serving as the organization's president already being a noteworthy achievement on its own accord, Dr. Guth was also only the second woman to serve in this role. For her work in this endeavor, she has received several notable awards such as a Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Similarly, Dr. Guth is has held many roles for the Wake Forest Medical Alumni Association. Since 2006, she has served on the Dean's Leadership Council. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the association since 1999. Furthermore, Dr. Guth served as the Board President of the association from 2004 to 2005. Her work with the Wake Forest Medical Alumni Association has also resulted in receiving awards, such as the Distinguished Service Award in 2010. The Women's Wing of the Haddock Golf House was named the "Caryl J. Guth Wing" in her honor at Wake Forest University in 2015. In 2002, she established and endowed the Caryl J. Guth Chair in complementary and integrative medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. More on her awards and achievements can be found on her Features page by clicking here. In 2016, she was granted with a Lifetime Membership on the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Dr. Guth is considered the ‘founder’ of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health and has been honored with the establishment of the Caryl J. Guth, MD Chair of Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health. In 2017, the new patient clinic of the Center for Integrative Medicine opened. This marks Dr. Guth's retirement and move back to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, raison d'etre.