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Patch Adams, M.D.

Prominent Healthcare Activist and Visionary; Founder and Lead Physician, the Gesundheit Institute

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$15,000 - $25,000


"Incredibly inspiring," "an amazing human being," and "invaluable to hear him first hand," are among the words heard from participants after experiencing Patch Adams, M.D., the real man behind the hit movie starring Robin Williams. Adams is a social revolutionary who has devoted his life to changing America's healthcare system. Medical doctor, clown, man of many hats, Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a home-based medical practice in West Virginia that has treated more than 15,000 people for free. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore, true health care must incorporate those aspects of life.

Whether it means putting on a red clown nose for sick children or taking a disturbed patient outside to roll down a hill with him, Adams does whatever is necessary to help heal. In his frequent lectures and performances, Adams's irrepressible energy cuts through the businesslike facade of the medical industry to address how the need for a caring relationship between doctor and patient is at the heart of true medicine.

Speech Topics

Two – hour performance on how to create designs to accomplish one’s desires. Lecture followed by a 40 – minute discussion. (Dr. Parenti required)

80 – minute show in nine acts on having passions and the persistence to carry them out followed by a 40 – minute discussion. Because both Patch and Susan have organized and sustained their separate communities for over 20 years, it is still a delight for them and they want to inspire others and share some of what they’ve learned. (Dr. Parenti required)

One – hour – and – 15 – minute performance with Susan on the piano playing Chopin as well as her own inspirational compositions. Patch performs seven cycles of poetry. The idea harkens back to the days when live entertainment was at the heart of home and community. (Dr. Parenti required)

One – and – one – half – hour Vaudeville wellness show followed by a 30-minute discussion period. Susan and Patch clown, tap dance, play piano and accordion, and inspire the audience to participate. This provocative, informative and funny show focuses on what the audience can do to feel healthier. (Dr. Parenti required)

One-to-three hour lecture on the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute and includes a deep dialogue with audience/participants. Patch introduces Gesundheit as an example of “medicine for fun, not funds” and helps the audience design, explore and implement their own dreams.

One hour lecture that introduces a healthy community life. Patch explores what constitutes a healthy community, how one is created, maintained and the responsibilities of its members.

One – to – three hour lecture on the importance of having a strategy for loving yourself, the planet and others. Patch provides insights into the need for such a strategy and also takes a close look at the conception of “love” and the theory of “strategy.” Patch offers his approach and helps the audience design, explore and implement their own love strategy.

One – to – three hour discussion of the relationship between humor and the health of the individual, community or society. In this funny and inspirational lecture, Patch discusses his 30+ years of clowning experience. When Patch and Susan are hired as a team, they teach the audience performance and perform a wonderful clown stage show (15 minutes at the end).

One – to – three hour lecture on the thrill of helping others. This inspirational talk includes much dialogue to explore burnout prevention for caregivers. The focus of this lecture/workshop is the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.

Two-hour lecture or three-four hour workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of never having another bad day. Patch discusses how to discover the incredible thrill of choosing to live everyday with joy. The focus of this lecture/workshop is life as a choice.

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