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Deepak Chopra ( ; ) is an endocrinologist, lecturer, celebrity and author of books on spirituality and mind-body medicine. Chopra began his career as a medical doctor and later worked in mind-body medicine and Ayurveda.

Family life

Chopra was born in New Delhi, India. His father, Krishna Chopra, was a cardiologist who served as the dean of a local hospital and a lieutenant in the British army. Chopra's grandfather was an Ayurvedic physician.

Chopra emigrated to the US in 1968 with his wife, Rita. In 1993 Chopra moved with his family to LaJolla, California. Currently Chopra and his wife live in Southern California near their two adult children Gautam and Mallika.

Chopra's younger brother, Sanjiv, is Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Chopra completed his primary education at St. Columba's School in New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Chopra began his clinical internship and residency training at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jerseymarker. He began a term of residency at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and another at the University of Virginia Hospital. Following his residencies, Chopra wrote and passed his board exams as a doctor of internal medicine and endocrinology.


Chopra taught at the Tufts Universitymarker and Boston Universitymarker Schools of Medicine. He became Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. and Chief at Boston Regional Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, then established a private practice.

After reading about the Transcendental Meditation technique Chopra and his wife learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1981, and two months later they went on to learn the advanced TM-Sidhi program.

In 1981, Chopra met Ayurvedic physician Brihaspati Dev Triguna in Delhi, India who advised Chopra he should learn to meditate.

In 1985 Chopra met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who invited him to study Ayurveda. In that same year Chopra left his position at the New England Memorial Hospital and became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and was later named medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center for Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine.

In 1986, Chopra published his first book, Creating Health.

In 1992, he served on The National Institutes of Health Ad Hoc Panel on Alternative Medicine.

In 1993, Chopra became executive director of the Sharp Institute for Human Potential and Mind–Body Medicine with a $30,000 grant from the Office of Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes to study Ayurvedic medicine. Chopra's institute also maintained affiliation with Sharp Healthcare, in San Diegomarker.

In 1995, Chopra was the recipient of the Toastmasters "International Top Five Outstanding Speakers" award.

In 1996, Chopra parted company with the Sharp Institute. That same year Chopra and David Simon founded the Chopra Center for Well Being, which incorporated Ayurveda in its regimen, and was located in La Jolla, Californiamarker. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and American Medical Association have granted continuing medical education credits for some programs offered to physicians at the Chopra Center.

In 2005 Chopra joined The Gallup Organization as a Senior Scientist.

In 2006, Chopra launched Virgin Comics LLC with his son, Gotham Chopra and entrepreneur Richard Branson. The company's purpose is to "spread peace and awareness through comics and trading cards that display traditional Kabalistic characters and stories". Chopra co-authored Ask the Kabala with Mike 'Zappy' Zapolin and Alys Yablon, which is a set of 22 cards, each one representing a story or character from the Old Testament and a life lesson based on that story from a Kabalistic perspective.

Chopra has been a keynote speaker at Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Business School, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and University of Nebraska.

Chopra is a founding director of the Alliance for a New Humanity.

Chopra is an annual lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine event sponsored by Harvard Medical School's Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Awards and certifications

Chopra is the recipient of the Einstein Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Esquire Magazine designated him as one of the "top ten motivational speakers in the country".

Chopra was awarded the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

Chopra has been licensed to practice medicine in the state of Massachusetts since 1973 and in California since 2004. Chopra is board-certified in internal medicine and specialized in endocrinology. He is also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Themes and philosophy

Chopra says that his ideas have been profoundly influenced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jalalud'din Rumi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and quantum theories.

Chopra is a contributor to the Huffington Post and in August 2005 he wrote a series of articles offering his solution to the creation-evolution controversy. He expressed support for Intelligent design without the Bible or the politics of religion. According to Chopra, Nature itself displays intelligence. Chopra also offers a series of questions about evolution that he believes cannot be answered by science alone. Science writer Michael Shermer, founder of The Skeptics Society and long-time critic of Chopra, posted a response.

Chopra also believes Jesus was a fully enlightened teacher who possessed esoteric wisdom and may have studied Kabbalah. In March 2008, Deepak and his daughter Mallika Chopra, did their first Christian radio interview with host Drew Marshall in which they discussed his book The Third Jesus.

In 2008, following the November attacks in Mumbai, Chopra commented on the Larry King Live show that there is a wider historic context of terrorism that includes US military policies in Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past thirty years.

In April 2009, Chopra was involved in a debate with Pastor Mark Driscoll on an ABC special entitled, "Does Satan Exist?.

On 26 June 2009, Chopra gave an interview on CNN to Campbell Brown and Larry King saying that he was a close friend of pop star Michael Jackson. Chopra criticized celebrity doctors and their "co-dependent relationships with addicted celebrities" and said he hoped that Jackson's death, would serve as a call to action.


At a state dinner in India in March 2000, US President Bill Clinton said, "My country has been enriched by the contributions of more than a million Indian Americans, which includes Dr. Deepak Chopra, the pioneer of alternative medicine".

The June 1999 issue of Time magazine identified Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credited him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine."

Mikhail Gorbachev referred to Chopra as "one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time."

Chopra has been criticized for his frequent references to the relationship of quantum mechanics to healing processes, a connection that has drawn skepticism from physicists who say it can be considered as contributing to the general confusion in the popular press regarding quantum measurement, decoherence and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. In 1998, Chopra was awarded the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in physics for "his unique interpretation of quantum physics as it applies to life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic happiness".

In its May 22/29, 1991 issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article coauthored by Chopra: Letter from New Delhi: Maharishi Ayur-Veda: Modern Insights Into Ancient Medicine. JAMA editors claimed that Chopra and his co-authors had financial interests in "Maharishi Vedic Medicine" products and services. In the August 14, 1991 edition of JAMA, the editors published a financial disclosure correction and followed up in October 2, 1991 with a six-page Medical News and Perspectives exposé. An article discussing this chain of events was authored by Skolnick in the Newsletter of the National Association of Science Writers.

Books and articles

Chopra has written more than 45 books. His books have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. His book, Peace Is the Way won the Quill Awards and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of your Life received the Nautilus Award. Chopra is represented in the United States by the literary agency, Trident Media Group.

  • 1987 Creating Health ISBN 0-395-75515-8
  • 1988 Return of the Rishi ISBN 0-395-57420-X
  • 1989 Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine ISBN 0-553-34869-8
  • 1991 Unconditional Life: Mastering the Forces That Shape Personal Reality
  • 1991 Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide ISBN 0-517-58421-2
  • 1993 Ageless Body, Timeless Mind : The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old ISBN 0-517-59257-6
  • 1993 Creating Affluence: Wealth Consciousness in the Field of All Possibilities
  • 1994 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfilment of Your Dreams
  • 1995 The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want ISBN 0-517-70434-X
  • 1995 The Return of Merlin: A Novel ISBN 0-449-91074-1
  • 1995 The Path to Love: Spiritual Strategies for Healing
  • 1997 The Path to Love: Renewing the Power of Spirit in Your Life ISBN 0-517-70622-9
  • 1997 The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment
  • 1999 Everyday Immortality: A Concise Course in Spiritual Transformation ISBN 0-609-60484-8
  • 1999 Lords of Light: A Novel ISBN 0-312-96892-2
  • 2000 The Angel is Near: A Novel ISBN 0-312-97024-2
  • 2000 How to Know God : The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries ISBN 0-609-60078-8
  • 2001 The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, 100 Days of Healing
  • 2001 Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging ISBN 0-609-60079-6
  • 2002 Manifesting Good Luck Cards: Growth and Enlightenment
  • 2003 Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life
  • 2003 The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence ISBN 0-609-60042-7
  • 2003 Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles ISBN 1-84413-221-8
  • 2003 Manifesting Good Luck: Love and Relationships, 50 Card Deck
  • 2004 The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life ISBN 0-517-70624-5
  • 2004 Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens ISBN 0-689-86216-4
  • 2005 Peace Is the Way : Bringing War and Violence to an End ISBN 0-307-23607-2
  • 2005 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit
  • 2006 Ask The Kabala: Oracle Cards/Kabala Guidebook ISBN 978-1401910396
  • 2006 Power Freedom and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness ISBN 978-1-878424-81-5
  • 2006 Life After Death: The Burden of Proof ISBN 0-307-34578-5
  • 2006 Kama Sutra: Including the Seven Spiritual Laws of Love ISBN 978-1-852273-85-9
  • 2007 Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment ISBN 978-0-06-087880-1
  • 2008 The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore ISBN 978-0-307-33831-0
  • 2008 Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
  • 2008 Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment ISBN 978-0061448737

Music CDs

  • 1998 A Gift of Love: Love poems inspired by Rumi
  • 2001 Soul of Healing Meditations - A Simple Approach to Growing Younger
  • 2002 A Gift of Love II: A Musical Valentine to Tagore
  • 2004 Chakra Balancing: Body, Mind, and Soul


  • 1995 Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
  • 1995 The Way of the Wizard
  • 2003 God and Buddha - a dialog
  • 2004 Soul of Healing - Body, Mind, and Soul Vol. 1

Other Published Work

See also


  1. "Deepak Chopra", Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol___, pp____ Thomson-Gale (December 1997)ISBN 0-7876-2221-4
  2. EnlightenNext Magazine web site
  3. The Boston, Oct 19 2009, Dr. Deepak Chopra, [1]
  4. "Deepak Chopra" Woopidoo! Biographies
  5. The Boston, "Dr. Deepak Chopra", [2]
  6. World Wellness
  7. Bigg Speak web site
  8. St.Louis Post-Dispatch, A Luxuray Spa, 2002 [3]
  9. Inspirational Journal web site
  10. University of Minnesotta web site
  11. Massachusetts Board of Registration Physician Profile
  12. California Physician Profile
  13. [Insert AMA Profile]
  17. Posner, Gerald. Deepak Chopra: How Michael Jackson Could Have Been Saved, The Daily Beast, July 2, 2009, p. 4
  18. A 1992 defamation lawsuit brought against the article's author and the editor of JAMA was dismissed in 1993. Perry, Tony, "Alternative care edges into medical mainstream", Los Angeles Times (September 19, 1994) "Deepak's days in court", New York Times Sec 6 p 12 (August 18, 1996) Media reports published four years later saying that there had been a monetary settlement of the case were later withdrawn as untrue. "Correction", Newsweek (November 17, 1997)
  19. [Trident Media Group Client List]

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