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Patch Adams

Physician & Clown; Founder of Gesundheit Institute; Inspiration for the Robin William's Movie "Patch Adams"

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 Patch Adams Biography

"Patch" Adams is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He is the founder and director of Gesundheit Institute, a free health facility in operation since 1971. It is the only health facility in the U.S. addressing four major issues in health care delivery by action. Those issues include the rising cost of care, dehumanization of medicine, malpractice suits and the abuses of the third party system.

His distinctiveness and universal appeal led to the development of a movie starring Robin Williams in the title role. The 1998 film Patch Adams was based on Adams' life and his views on medicine.

As a speaker, Dr. Adams travels around the world lecturing on his work and doing theater shows about various aspects of health, particularly dealing with self-care and preservation. He is enthusiastic, perceptive, and a humorous person . In the last 28 years, he has presented and performed in 70 countries, and spoken at 90 medical schools in the US and many more around the world.

In 1985, Patch took a group of people on a clown trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Equipped with colorful clothing and compassion they visited hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly as well as just clowning on the street. Since then, these trips have been an integral part of Gesundheit´s global outreach. Apart from returning to Russia every year there have been clown trips to all corners of the world, including visits to war zones, refugee camps and natural disaster sites. They've also built clinics and a school at some of the places visited.

Videos
Books
House Calls: How We Can All Heal The World One Visit At A Time

House Calls: How We Can All Heal The World One Visit At A Time

Letters to Patch

Letters to Patch

Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy

Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy

Speaking Topics
  • Living A Life of Joy

    (1-4 hours) Lecture or thee-four hour workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of living happy. 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.

  • The Joy of Caring

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the thrill of helping others. An inspirational talk with 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 patients life but also in the caregivers life.

  • What Is Your Love Strategy?

    (1-3 hours) 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.

  • Living In Community

    (1 hour) Lecture that introduces a healthy community life. Patch explores what constitutes a healthy community, how one is created, maintained and what the responsibilities are of its members.

  • Medicine For Fun, Not Funds

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute. It 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.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Patch Adams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Patch Adams for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Patch Adams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Patch Adams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Patch Adams?

    Booking fees for Patch Adams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Patch Adams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Patch Adams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Patch Adams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Patch Adams for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Patch Adams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Patch Adams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Patch Adams

Physician & Clown; Founder of Gesundheit Institute; Inspiration for the Robin William's Movie "Patch Adams"

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Champaign, IL, USA
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Live Event: $20,000 - $30,000  
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Patch Adams Biography

"Patch" Adams is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He is the founder and director of Gesundheit Institute, a free health facility in operation since 1971. It is the only health facility in the U.S. addressing four major issues in health care delivery by action. Those issues include the rising cost of care, dehumanization of medicine, malpractice suits and the abuses of the third party system.

His distinctiveness and universal appeal led to the development of a movie starring Robin Williams in the title role. The 1998 film Patch Adams was based on Adams' life and his views on medicine.

As a speaker, Dr. Adams travels around the world lecturing on his work and doing theater shows about various aspects of health, particularly dealing with self-care and preservation. He is enthusiastic, perceptive, and a humorous person . In the last 28 years, he has presented and performed in 70 countries, and spoken at 90 medical schools in the US and many more around the world.

In 1985, Patch took a group of people on a clown trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Equipped with colorful clothing and compassion they visited hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly as well as just clowning on the street. Since then, these trips have been an integral part of Gesundheit´s global outreach. Apart from returning to Russia every year there have been clown trips to all corners of the world, including visits to war zones, refugee camps and natural disaster sites. They've also built clinics and a school at some of the places visited.

Patch Adams Videos

  • Patch Adams on "Patch Adams" (1999)
    When people ask me about my thoughts on the film, I was disappointed. Time was compressed, events were jumbled around, and people I've known and...
  • Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018
    Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018. Corinne Cosseron International School of Laughter.
  • Gesundheit Institute: Patch Adams at TEDxUtrechtUniversity
    Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's healthcare system, a...

Patch Adams Books

Patch Adams Speaking Topics

  • Living A Life of Joy

    (1-4 hours) Lecture or thee-four hour workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of living happy. 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.

  • The Joy of Caring

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the thrill of helping others. An inspirational talk with 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 patients life but also in the caregivers life.

  • What Is Your Love Strategy?

    (1-3 hours) 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.

  • Living In Community

    (1 hour) Lecture that introduces a healthy community life. Patch explores what constitutes a healthy community, how one is created, maintained and what the responsibilities are of its members.

  • Medicine For Fun, Not Funds

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute. It 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.

FAQs on booking Patch Adams

  • How to book Patch Adams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Patch Adams for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Patch Adams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Patch Adams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Patch Adams?

    Booking fees for Patch Adams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Patch Adams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Patch Adams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Patch Adams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Patch Adams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Patch Adams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Patch Adams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Patch Adams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Patch Adams for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. 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 Montel Williams, Joan Lunden, Marilu Henner, Loretta LaRoche and Dr. Holly G. Atkinson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Patch Adams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Patch Adams Speaker Videos

  • Patch Adams on "Patch Adams" (1999)
    When people ask me about my thoughts on the film, I was disappointed. Time was compressed, events were jumbled around, and people I've known and loved were combined into composite characters that I...
    Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018
    Patch Adams London Human Playing Conference 2018. Corinne Cosseron International School of Laughter.
  • Gesundheit Institute: Patch Adams at TEDxUtrechtUniversity
    Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's healthcare system, a system that he describes as expensive and elitist.

Patch Adams Speaking Topics

  • Living A Life of Joy

    (1-4 hours) Lecture or thee-four hour workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of living happy. 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.

  • The Joy of Caring

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the thrill of helping others. An inspirational talk with 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 patients life but also in the caregivers life.

  • What Is Your Love Strategy?

    (1-3 hours) 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.

  • Living In Community

    (1 hour) Lecture that introduces a healthy community life. Patch explores what constitutes a healthy community, how one is created, maintained and what the responsibilities are of its members.

  • Medicine For Fun, Not Funds

    (1-3 hours) Lecture on the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute. It 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.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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