Patch Adams

Patch Adams
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Adams in 2009
Hunter Doherty Adams

(1945-05-28) May 28, 1945 (age 75)
EducationVirginia Commonwealth University (M.D.)
Alma materGeorge Washington University
OccupationPhysician, comedian, social activist, clown, author
Linda Edquist
(m. 1975; div. 1998)
Susan Parenti
(m. 2010)
Parent(s)Robert Adams
Anna Campbell Adams

Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he also organizes volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.[1]

Adams is currently based in Urbana, Illinois. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes an alternative health care model not funded by insurance policies.[1]

  1. ^ a b "Doctor in a Clown Suit Battles Ills of His Profession". New York Times. December 15, 1998.