Carl  Hammerschlag, MD

Carl Hammerschlag, MD

Experience a passionate, wise and caring healer who 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. Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale trained community psychiatrist who believes the walls of healing will extend beyond the doctor offices and hospitals as we learn to heal in community. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).

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Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker, healer, and humanitarian clown. A Yale-trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine). A faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School, the Chief of Community Mental Health, Gesundheit! Institute, and founder of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization whose programs integrate the principles of mind/body/spirit medicine with Native American rituals and ceremonies.

Dr. Hammerschlag's life work has been chronicled in five critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within, and two children's books.

For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world. He is a recipient of the National Caring Award. Selected by the Caring Institute of Washington D.C. from more than a quarter million nominations, the award honors "the ten most caring adults in America." In his presentations, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag brings his gift of storytelling, a wealth of legends, and unique insights which bridge the worlds of science, spirit, and culture. With poignancy and humor, he leads his audiences on a joyful journey that will stimulate and renew their creative potential.

    "You were the Super Star of our conference! I have attended leadership conferences over my 24 years with SSM and never heard such positive feedback concerning a presentation."

    - SSM Healthcare

    "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."

    - Parkview Hospital

    "Carl brings spiritual profundity and tender concern for humanity that will create a healthy society."

    - Patch Adams

    "Our thanks for your excellent address at our annual conference. The time you took to understand the issues our members face added an important quality to your message. You also succeeded in stretching people's thinking beyond previously held limits. I would not hesitate to recommend you to other organizations that might be considering you as a speaker."

    - Public Risk Management Assn

    "This is a hightly discerning (read: critical) group not to prone to generousity of spirit. The fact that your session was greeted with overwhelming superlatives indicates that you had broken down their own perceptions and perhaps did help them to recognize or rekindle their own sixth senses. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. And 'wisdom' is a word I almost never use."

    - CUNA Marketing Council (Credit Union National Association)

    "Dr. Carl Hammerschlag combines the wisdom of Gandhi with the eloquence of JFK."

    - Val Halamandaris, CEO, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Wash. D.C.