Patch Adams, M.D.

photo of Patch in China

Patch Adams, medical doctor, clown, social activist and subject of the film Patch Adams, is founder and director of the Gesundheit! Institute, a holistic medical community based on the idea that we cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the community and of society. Patch Adams is also the author of the book Gesundheit! which chronicles his ideas about the U.S. health care system, and House Calls, a 'how-to' guide to giving care when visiting sick friends and family.

Current Projects: Expanding "clown diplomacy" by means of organized trips of non-professional clowns to refuge camps, shelters, checkpoints and other places where systemic violence has crushed the human spirit; creating five 2-hour independent professional films to be shown on PBS, on the topic of "What is Your Love Strategy?"