Dr. Hunter Adams, also know as ‘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 which he describes as expensive and elitist.
Patch Adams believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Patch Adams and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virgina that way for 12 years in what he calls their "pilot project." He combined the use of Allopathic and alternative medicine. They saw 15,000 patients. Patch Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy.
Dr. Patch Adams adds his experience as a street clown to his training as a physician. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and "hands on" teaching techniques. Says Dr. Adams, "I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life."
Patch Adams, M.D., is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with "zestful exuberance," according to Time Magazine. Dr. Patch Adams believes that "the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy."