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physician, author, and public speaker
Gabor Maté MD is a Vancouver, BC-based physician, author, seminar leader, and acclaimed public speaker. His four books, all bestsellers in Canada, range in topic from Attention Deficit Disorder (Scattered), to the mind/body unity and the influence of stress in health and illness (When the Body Says No), to the perilous loss of parental influence in today's culture (Hold onto Your Kids). His books have been translated into fifteen languages on five continents. He is a former medical columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail.
Dr. Maté had a family practice for twenty years, during seven of which he also served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For the past twelve years he has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside – North America’s only supervised safe injection harm reduction site. His patients are challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV - sometimes all four. In 2008, among his many speaking engagements, Dr. Maté was a guest lecturer at Washington State University and a visiting professor at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine. He was recently honored with an Outstanding Alumnus Award from British Columbia's Simon Fraser University. The Canadian edition of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts has been nominated for the BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans literary nonfiction award, and the US Edition is available January 2010 from North Atlantic Books.