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Carl  Hammerschlag, MD

Carl Hammerschlag, MD

Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., a psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker says that "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome." He is an authority in health and wellness, healing, leadership, authenticity and surviving in rapidly changing times. A master storyteller, he uses his stories to illustrate that the future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease.

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A master storyteller, internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer, Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag is a Yale-trained psychiatrist who has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. For fourteen of those years, he was Chief of Psychiatry at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Now one of the world's leading proponents of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine), Dr. Hammerschlag is a faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School and an advisory board member to Shape Magazine.

An expert on how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, Dr. Hammerschlag brings to his presentations his gift of storytelling, a wealth of legends, and unique insights which bridge the worlds of science, spirit, and culture. Utilizing his own extraordinary life experiences , including the language of science, the power of legends and his vast clinical experience , he offers a unique perspective on how people can restore balance in their lives. The future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease. He says, "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome."

Dr. Hammerschlag's life work has been chronicled in three critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, as well as two children's books. He holds the highest honor given in the speaking profession, the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Hammerschlag is a recipient of the National Caring Award; selected by the Caring Institute of Washington, DC, from more than a quarter million nominations, the award honors him as one of "the ten most caring adults in America."

A passionate, wise, and caring healer, Dr. Hammerschlag helps people transform their lives by showing them how to rise above their limitations, remove their roadblocks, rekindle their dreams, and become the principal agents in their own professional and personal lives. With poignancy and humor, he leads his audiences on a joyful journey that will stimulate and renew their creative potential.

    "I heard from several of the attendees of our Board of Trustees Annual Dinner that your presentation to the group was a hit! It's not often that such a diverse group can unanimously agree on one subject but you managed to accomplish that last week. Thanks again."

    - St. Joseph's Healthcare System

    "Dr. Hammerschlag was incredible - I'm so so happy, he kept my folks engaged, entertained and thinking through the end. He was in a tough timeslot and did great! "

    - Texas Healthcare Trustees

    "Dr. Hammerschlag's presentation was dynamic, insightful and extremely well received by our audience. His explanation of integrative medicine came to life through stories and examples that he illustrated with photos and humor. We look forward to inviting him to our community again."

    - Tanner Health Systems-2013 Health Summit

    "Dr. Hammerschlag presented a different view - a new way of approaching healthcare ...preventative methods delivered in a "story" approach ...loved his emphasis on the community as a healing resource"

    - participants of Tanner Health Systems-2013 Health Summit

    "One of the most rewarding things for a planner of any event is to hear that the speaker you have chosen was truly superb! Thank you for your inspirational and visionary presentation. You captivate the audience with your dynamic delivery and style. As one of our attendee's said: 'Carl's presentation was life changing'."

    - Peggy Westby, MN Hospital Association

    "He has the vision of Walt Disney...the eloquence of John F. Kennedy."

    - Val Halamandaris, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

    "Your presentation truly touched our members and left them revitalized to return to their sacred work of caring for our nation's elderly. In my nine years with ACHCA, I do not recall our association ever giving a keynote speaker a standing ovation!"

    - Professional Development & American College of Healthcare Administrators

    "You hit the peak again. Your capacity to help people think about their lives and learn from the stories of your life is an incredible gift to us at the Academy."

    - American Academy of Dental Practice Administrators

    Carl Hammerschlag is a spellbinding storyteller whose message of hope and meaning will uplift any audience. Compared to other speakers we've used, Carl is the only one who gets a standing ovation.

    - St. Luke's Health Initiatives

    "I want to thank you for 'bringing the house down'.... Our group was 'blown away.' The President and CEO both said you were 'outstanding' and asked me 'Where did you find this guy!' You stole the show."

    - AirGas

    "I have received many phone calls and letters from people telling me how the experience enriched their lives. You truly have a spiritual gift to reach people and remind them of how unique and wonderful they are. You gave us a renewed sense of pride and purpose in our work. You awakened in us a new sense of courage and faith enabling us to face another day and touch lives in meaningful ways. For this we are all grateful."

    - Parkview Hospital

    "I have never seen a dental audience so enthralled; we usually see attrition by day's end, but you captivated our members and staffs with your passion, insights, wisdom and humor."

    - River Valley Study Club

    "Carl Hammerschlag is a gifted storyteller, whose wisdom and breath of experience will astound you. He is engaging, with a great sense of humor, which will also provoke and challenge you. Mostly, he will touch your heart and leave you enlightened."

    - President & CEO, The Center for Association Leadership & Executive Vice President, ASAE

    "Carl captured the hearts of a large and very diverse audience of leaders from a complex academic medical center and reminded them about the core of their healing mission. From the newest front line leader to the senior physician on the staff, all were reconnected with the reason they committed their lives to the care of others."

    - Vanderbilt University Medical Center