Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in 20 languages internationally. His interests include child development, mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions.
Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician for two decades, and for more than a decade has practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
As a speaker, he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honorary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is adjunct professor in the faculty of criminology at Simon Fraser University.
What People are Saying About Gabor Maté
“Gabor Maté locates the source of addictions in the trauma of an emotionally empty childhood, making it a relational rather than a medical problem. Such a radical thesis of cause leads to human connection rather than traditional treatment as the cure.”
—Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want and cofounder of Imago Relationship Therapy
“Dr. Maté makes observations that cut through all the myths and misinterpretations about addicts and how they live.”
—Addiction Treatment Magazine
“Maté’s resonant, unflinching analysis of addiction today shatters the assumptions underlying our War on Drugs.”
—Norm Stamper, former Seattle Chief of Police and author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing