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Patch Adams

Patch Adams

Keynote Speaker: Physician & Clown; Founder of Gesundheit Institute; Inspiration for the Robin Williams Movie "Patch Adams"

Patch Adams Biography

After he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1971, Patch Adams began what would become his life-long mission: The Gesundheit Institute. The pilot project, which ran from 1971 through 1983, saw over 15,000 patients visiting his large 6-bedroom communal home, shared with friends, fellow doctors, and patients. To support this radical hospital, friends took outside work to support the love that comes from helping others. As the pilot drawn to a close, Adams realized he needed to make his dream hospital a reality.

No one was going to “give” him a hospital – Adams had to go out into the world and find the hospital of his dreams. After 36 years, Adams remains energized and ready to take on the medical cure-focused for-profit industry.

Imagine:

  • a free hospital that eliminates 90% of the cost of healthcare

  • a hospital that isn’t filled with anxiety about how to treat patients

  • a hospital that allows the doctors to connect with the patients at an intimate level

  • a hospital that treats the care-givers and care-receivers as friends

  • a hospital that welcomes complementary practices, rather than shuns them.

Adams lectures and performs over 200 days of the year. He has travelled throughout the world delivering his message of peace and love while challenging the audience to love and care about themselves, their community, and our planet. Every year, Adams leads 9 different missions to lead clowns into impoverished communities, war zones, refugee camps, and disaster areas. Adams' dedication toward clowning has sparked a movement that has grown to independent clown groups in 120 countries.

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Patch Adams Speaking Topics

Living a Life of Joy

Exploring 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 is life as a choice.

The Joy of Caring

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

What is Your Love Strategy?

A 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.

Medicine for Fun, not Funds

A lecture on the history, philosophy, and the future of the Gesundheit Institute that includes a deep dialogue with the audience and participants. Patch introduces Gesundheit as an example of medicine for fun, not funds, and helps the audience design, explore, and implement their own dreams.

Patch Adams Videos

Patch Adams on "Patch Adams" (1999)
Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018
Gesundheit Institute: Patch Adams at TEDxUtrechtUniversity

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Speaking fees for Patch Adams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Patch Adams are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Patch Adams, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Patch Adams speak about?

Patch Adams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Health, Entertainers, Medicine, Comedy, Television & Film, College, Healthcare, Aging, Work-Life Balance, Stress and Celebrity.

Where does Patch Adams travel from?

Patch Adams generally travels from Champaign, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Patch Adams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Health and Entertainers. The estimated speaking fee range to book Patch Adams for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Patch Adams generally travels from Champaign, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mayim Bialik, Loretta LaRoche and Marilu Henner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Patch Adams for an upcoming event.

Patch Adams Speaking Topics

  • Living a Life of Joy

    Exploring 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 is life as a choice.

  • The Joy of Caring

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

  • What is Your Love Strategy?

    A 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.

  • Medicine for Fun, not Funds

    A lecture on the history, philosophy, and the future of the Gesundheit Institute that includes a deep dialogue with the audience and participants. Patch introduces Gesundheit as an example of medicine for fun, not funds, and helps the audience design, explore, and implement their own dreams.

Patch Adams Videos

Patch Adams on "Patch Adams" (1999)
Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018
Gesundheit Institute: Patch Adams at TEDxUtrechtUniversity

Patch Adams Reviews

  • Patch's presentation was a hit with the audience, and he displayed remarkable professionalism in handling challenging questions from the attendees. His delivery was not only delightful but also truly inspirational.
    Benchmarks - Oct 24 2023

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