Gabor Maté, M.D.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1944, Gabor Maté emigrated to Canada with his family in 1957.
After graduating with a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a few years as a high school English and Literature teacher, he returned to school to pursue his childhood dream of being a doctor.
Dr. Maté ran a private family practice in East Vancouver for over 20 years. He was also the Medical Co-ordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital for seven years. Currently he is the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and resource centre for the people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Many of his patients suffer from mental illness, drug addiction and HIV, or all three.
Dr. Maté is the author of several books, including In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. His recent personal work with ayahuasca in the context of traditional Amazonian shamanism gives him hope for the future application of this medicine in the treatment of modern addictions.