Gabor Maté, MD
Gabor Maté is a medical doctor retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s first such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psycho-physiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss.
Gabor is the author of four best-selling books published in over twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: Exploring The Stress-Disease Connection and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia. In 2017 he was named among 150 Canadians as a Difference Maker in Mental Health by the Centre for Mental Health and Addictions.
For his pioneering medical work and writings, Gabor was granted his country’s highest civilian distinction, the Order of Canada, in 2018. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next books, in progress, are: The Myth of Normal: Illness and Health in an Insane Culture, and, with Daniel Maté, Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children. To learn more, join his mailing list at www.drgabormate.com.
Daniel Maté is an award-winning musical theatre songwriter, educator, and "mental chiropractor". He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch/NYU. He was lead instructor for Vancouver’s first ever Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop and writer-in-residence at Touchstone Theatre. As guest artist for British Columbia he contributed original music and lyrics to The Dream Catchers, a Canada-wide youth theatre piece that toured nationally in 2017 and was performed for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of the ‘Canada 150’ celebration in 2017.
Daniel’s original musicals include The Trouble With Doug, Middle School Mysteries, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi and & Günter, and The Longing and the Short of It. His work has been produced and/or presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts (DC), Lincoln Center (NYC), and in locations from California to Florida, Seattle to Prince Edward Island, and Denmark to Paris. He has received the Edward Kleban Prize, a $100,000 award given annually to the “most promising lyricist in American musical theatre”, as well as a Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music and Lyrics. He is also an acclaimed voice performer, a two-time Audie Award nominee, and winner of the Earphones Award for his narration of Gabor Maté's In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. With his father, Daniel has co-led workshops on parent-adult child relationships since 2016, to be reprised this Fall in New York and Vancouver. A book and podcast, both titled Hello Again, are also in progress.
Daniel's latest offering is a "mental chiropractic" service called Take A Walk With Daniel. Visit www.walkwithdaniel.com for more information.