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Patch Adams is an American physician, social activist, and clown, known for treating people with humor and love, apart from medication

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 28, 1945
NationalityAmerican
FamousGeorge Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Physicians
SpousesLinda Edquist
SiblingsRobert Loughridge Adams Jr.
Known asHunter Campbell Adams, Dr. Patch Adams
Childrens Atomic Zagnut Adams, Lars Zig Edquist Adams
Universities
  • George Washington University,Virginia Commonwealth University
  • George Washington University
  • 1971 - VCU Medical Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Notable Alumnis
  • George Washington University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Gesundheit! Institute
Birth PlaceWashington, D.C.
Height196cm
GenderMale
FatherRobert Loughridge Adams
MotherAnna Adams
Sun SignGemini
Born inWashington, D.C.
Famous asPhysician

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Who is Patch Adams?

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown and a social activist, who believes in treating his patients with love, humor and creativity, apart from the traditional medical services. His suicidal attempts as a teenager got him hospitalized three times in a year and he decided to change all this forever. To give shape to his vision, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) in 1971. Passionate about spreading love and laughter all around, he founded Gesundheit! Institute as a free community hospital. After running it for free for 12 years, he moved out of his cocoon and traveled worldwide, giving presentations and delivering lectures to medical schools and conferences to spread awareness about the alternative medical facilities for treating patients, thereby bringing a change to the existing healthcare system in America. He also made clown trips to hospitals, elder homes, orphanages, war zones, natural disaster sites, and refugee camps. Of late, he is working hard to re-build Gesungheit Institute as a community eco-village health care facility in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, which will include a 40-bed hospital and other amenities such as theater, horticulture, vocational therapy, and arts and crafts shops

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Childhood & Early Life

Patch Adams was born as Hunter Doherty Adams on May 28, 1945, in Washington DC, into a military family to Robert Loughridge Adams and Anna Campbell Stewart.

His father served in World War II and Korean War and died while he was posted in Germany, in 1961. He came back to the US, with his mother and brother, and settled in Virginia.

He was enrolled at an all-white Wakefield High School where he encountered racism and was bullied by his classmates. As such, he attempted suicide and was hospitalized thrice in a year.

During his last hospitalization, he chose to make a revolution by healing people with love and laughter, instead of ending his life.

He finished school in 1963 and further completed a pre-medical coursework from George Washington University.

He entered medical school at Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), without having an undergraduate degree and subsequently, received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971.

Career

He set up the Gesundheit Institute and operated it from his home for over 12 years, integrating all healthcare issues in one model and treating patients for free, with no health insurance reimbursement or malpractice insurance.

The number of patients increased in due course, but he started facing difficulties in funding the hospital.

While searching a way out to receive funds to operate his hospital and continue serving his patients, he chose to go public and become a speaker in 1984.

He began making presentations at medical schools and conferences in the United States and abroad. Over the last three decades, he has made over 50 presentations and lectured in around 70 nations.

In 1985, he started a clown trip with a group of people to the then-Soviet Union, visiting hospitals, orphanages, elder homes and performing on the streets, clad in colorful attire, to bring love, joy and laughter to patients and other people.

The highly successful clown trips became an inseparable part of Gesundheit’s global outreach. Besides Russia, he has made clown trips worldwide, performing in refugee camps, war zones, and natural disaster sites as well.

His hospital has given medical support to orphanages in South Africa, war zones in Bosnia, and refugee camps in Macedonia, apart from other regions.

He further gained popularity through the 1998 Hollywood film ‘Patch Adams’, which was loosely based on his life and unusual perspective on medicine.

In 2003, another movie, ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ was also inspired by his life and distinct ways of treating patients through care and humor.

He started a campaign, along with Gesundheit Board, in 2007 to raise $1 million for constructing a Teaching Center and Clinic in West Virginia, an initiative to treat patients and teach health care design on one platform.

The first phase of the Teaching Center underwent construction in 2011.

He is planning to open a full-scale modern health care facility on 310-acres land in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, which will include a 40-bed hospital, arts and crafts shops, a theater, horticulture and vocational therapy.

He is the author of two books – ‘Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter’ and ‘House Calls’.

He continues to travel for around 300 days in a year, delivering over 11 lectures in one day, in addition to visiting patients in countries, such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Russia, and Cuba.

Presently, he is serving as the ‘Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health’ on the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States.

Major Works

He established the Gesundheit! Institute, a pilot hospital model, in 1971. He partnered with Linda Edquist and 20 other friends, to provide free medical services to those who cannot afford the treatment.

Awards & Achievements

He was honored with the Institute of Noetic Sciences Award for Creative Altruism in 1994.

In 1997, he was bestowed with the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.

He was appointed as the honorary chair of the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment (IAACM) in 2008.

He has served as an honorary ambassador of peace for Harvey Ball Foundation, along with various other renowned celebrities.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met Linda Edquist, a fellow VCU student, during his last year of medical school, and married her in 1975. The couple had two sons – Atomic Zagnut ‘Zag’ Adams and Lars Zig Edquist Adams. However, the two separated in 1998.

Currently, he resides in Urbana, Illinois.

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Patch Adams biography timelines

  • // 28th May 1945
    Patch Adams was born as Hunter Doherty Adams on May 28, 1945, in Washington DC, into a military family to Robert Loughridge Adams and Anna Campbell Stewart.
  • // 1961
    His father served in World War II and Korean War and died while he was posted in Germany, in 1961. He came back to the US, with his mother and brother, and settled in Virginia.
  • // 1963
    He finished school in 1963 and further completed a pre-medical coursework from George Washington University.
  • // 1971
    He entered medical school at Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), without having an undergraduate degree and subsequently, received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971.
  • // 1971
    He established the Gesundheit! Institute, a pilot hospital model, in 1971. He partnered with Linda Edquist and 20 other friends, to provide free medical services to those who cannot afford the treatment.
  • // 1975 To 1998
    He met Linda Edquist, a fellow VCU student, during his last year of medical school, and married her in 1975. The couple had two sons – Atomic Zagnut ‘Zag’ Adams and Lars Zig Edquist Adams. However, the two separated in 1998.
  • // 1984
    While searching a way out to receive funds to operate his hospital and continue serving his patients, he chose to go public and become a speaker in 1984.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he started a clown trip with a group of people to the then-Soviet Union, visiting hospitals, orphanages, elder homes and performing on the streets, clad in colorful attire, to bring love, joy and laughter to patients and other people.
  • // 1994
    He was honored with the Institute of Noetic Sciences Award for Creative Altruism in 1994.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he was bestowed with the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.
  • // 1998
    He further gained popularity through the 1998 Hollywood film ‘Patch Adams’, which was loosely based on his life and unusual perspective on medicine.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, another movie, ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ was also inspired by his life and distinct ways of treating patients through care and humor.
  • // 2007
    He started a campaign, along with Gesundheit Board, in 2007 to raise $1 million for constructing a Teaching Center and Clinic in West Virginia, an initiative to treat patients and teach health care design on one platform.
  • // 2008
    He was appointed as the honorary chair of the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment (IAACM) in 2008.
  • // 2011
    The first phase of the Teaching Center underwent construction in 2011.

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Patch Adams's FAQ

  • What is Patch Adams birthday?

    Patch Adams was born at 1945-05-28

  • Where is Patch Adams's birth place?

    Patch Adams was born in Washington, D.C.

  • What is Patch Adams nationalities?

    Patch Adams's nationalities is American

  • Who is Patch Adams spouses?

    Patch Adams's spouses is Linda Edquist

  • Who is Patch Adams siblings?

    Patch Adams's siblings is Robert Loughridge Adams Jr.

  • Who is Patch Adams childrens?

    Patch Adams's childrens is Atomic Zagnut Adams, Lars Zig Edquist Adams

  • What was Patch Adams universities?

    Patch Adams studied at George Washington University,Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, 1971 - VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • What was Patch Adams notable alumnis?

    Patch Adams's notable alumnis is George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Which company or organization was founded by Patch Adams?

    Patch Adams was the founder/co-founder of Gesundheit! Institute

  • How tall is Patch Adams?

    Patch Adams's height is 196

  • Who is Patch Adams's father?

    Patch Adams's father is Robert Loughridge Adams

  • Who is Patch Adams's mother?

    Patch Adams's mother is Anna Adams

  • What is Patch Adams's sun sign?

    Patch Adams is Gemini

  • How famous is Patch Adams?

    Patch Adams is famouse as Physician