Bowen White

Bowen White

Physician, Medical Clown, Healthcare Consultant, and Colleague of Patch Adams

Speaker Categories: Motivation with Humor | Medical Professional | Healthcare Industry | Healthcare Policy | Health, Wellness | Life Balance | Stress Management

Travels From: CA, United States.

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Physician, Medical Clown, Healthcare Consultant, and
Colleague of Patch Adams

Bowen F. White, M.D. combines the talents and expertise of a physician, speaker, consultant, and author. He travels the world conducting seminars, consulting and speaking to public and private organizations.

Doctor and Speaker

In 1983, Dr. White founded the Department of Preventive & Stress Medicine for Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri and the Department of Wellness and Health Promotion before leaving to pursue a private practice and a career as a consultant and speaker.  He has given hundreds of keynote addresses and some highlights of his consulting experience include a six-month team building project at NCAA headquarters, three years as corporate medical consultant to the Hazelden Foundation, multiple presentations for Medtronic, Inc. (including their Medtronic Leader program), is the graduation speaker for MFS leadership training programs, multiple presentations for the Institute for Management Studies and lectures to graduate students at Stanford University on play, design thinking and innovation.

Healthy Work Environments

As an organizational physician he is interested in the “people piece” of the workplace puzzle: Creating Healthy Work Environments, Team Building, Leadership, Performance Enhancement, Stress, Managing Change, Sales, Ethics, and Communications.  His programs emphasize the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well being as he helps organizations create suspiciously healthy workplaces.


Dr. White’s training programs, seminars, keynote speeches, management retreats, executive mentoring and spouse programs have had an immediate, practical application for such organizations as: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3M, AVEDA, Association of American Medical Colleges, Duke University Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital, Mercury Marine, Inc., the Foreign Service Institute, Hallmark Cards, New York Life Insurance, Federal Reserve Bank, MFS, Ameriprise Financial, Hydraulic Institute and the Georgetown University Law Faculty.

International Message

His message is international. In addition to presentations throughout the US, he has presented at conferences in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, Austria, India, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Panama and Israel. He has spoken to educators, managers and the aviation industry in the UK (London, Manchester, Edinburgh), and to staff members stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.


The International Management Center in Budapest asked Dr. White to share his expertise with managers studying their emerging market economy.  He has also discussed aspects of executive training and quality programs with industrial managers in Osaka, Japan.


In addition to appearing on the front page of the Wall St. Journal and on national television programs such as CBS This Morning, Desmond Morris’ The Human Animal and the PBS series The Promise of Play, Dr. White is often interviewed by radio, newspaper and magazine journalists.  He has eight years of experience as a weekly TV health commentator for Kansas City’s CBS-TV affiliate and also had a three-year stint writing a weekly newspaper column, entitled “Patient Potential,” for the Kansas City Business Journal.


He contributes his time to The Gesundheit! Institute and is a founding board member for the National Institute for Play. He is the author of two books: Why Normal Isn’t Healthy and with John MacDougal, A Clinician’s Guide to Spirituality. In addition he created two audio tape series: The Cry of the Heart and Dr. White’s Complete Stress Management Kit.

Why Normal Isn't Healthy

Core Values in Action

Creating a Healthy Workplace

The Juggling Act: Balancing Multiple Priorities

Using Stress to Power Peak Performance

The Joy of Service

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  • “Wise, witty, wonderful. Bowen navigates the inner territory in a way that speaks to everyone’s heart.”

    Marty Sullivan, MD, Cardiologist and Director
    Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
  • "At the end of the conference, after the participants were networked out, partied out and 'seminared' to their limits they still talked about your presentation. They left the conference with a newfound energy and smile on their face because of you! Thank you for adding so much to our conference!"

    Lisa Dansie-Daley, Director of Marketing & Education
    Washington State Pharmacists Association
  • “A master of innovation, Bowen White gives us the tools we need to change ourselves and to move culture by creating an environment conducive to creativity and growth. He understands the value of being comfortable with ourselves and allowing others to do the same. Funny and intelligent, he leads readers on an exciting exploration, a trip you won’t want to miss.”

    Sue Klepac
    Lucent Technologies
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