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Gabor Maté M.D., C.M., is a Canadian physician (retired), public speaker and bestselling author,
published internationally in multiple languages. His book on addiction, the award-winning In the
Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, is used as a text in many institutions
of higher learning in Canada and the U.S. His most recent book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma,
Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, to be published in over 34 languages on five continents,
has been and continues to be a #1 Canadian bestseller and spent 19 weeks a New York Times

After two decades as a family doctor and palliative care director, for twelve years Gabor
worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug
addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site, North
America’s first such facility. His other interests encompass childhood developmental issues,
ADHD, mind/body health, trauma and parenting. He is in constant demand as a speaker
internationally and has addressed judicial bodies in Canada, the U.S. and Australia on the links
between trauma, addictions, and dysfunctional behaviors. He has worked with many
Indigenous communities around these issues.

He has received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree (Laws) from the University of Northern British Columbia. For his groundbreaking medical work and writings, he has been given the Order of Canada, and the Civic Merit award from his home city of Vancouver.

A film based on his work, The Wisdom of Trauma, has been viewed by over 10 million people internationally and has been translated into twenty languages. It is shown regularly in many institutions, including schools and prisons, in Canada, the U.S., and abroad.


His therapeutic method, Compassionate Inquiry, has been, in the past three years, studied by over 3,000 health care providers in 80 countries. Gabor is a speaker much in demand internationally on addiction, stress and mind/body health, child development, trauma, ADHD and other topics related to his five best-selling books. He has
been featured on some of the most popular podcasts, such as Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris, Jay Shetty, and others.

His next book, co-written with his son Daniel, will be Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Adult
Children and Their Parents, based on their popular workshop.



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