Deepak Chopra Biography
Deepak Chopra's Bio
Deepak Chopra was born on October 22, 1946 in Srinagar, India. His father, Krishan Chopra, was a cardiologist who served as the dean of a local hospital. His grandfather was also a doctor. His younger brother, Sanjiv, is in the medical profession as well.
Although as a teenage Deepak thought of pursuing other careers, like that of actor or journalist, he eventually followed in his family footsteps. After attending St. Columba's School in New Delhi, he then graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
He immigrated to the US in 1968, and began his clinical internship and residency training at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey. He then went on to work as a resident at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and then at the University of Virginia Hospital.
Chopra was awarded
his license to practice medicine in the state of Massachusetts in 1973,
and his California medical license in 2004. He is board-certified in internal
medicine, with a specialization in endocrinology.
Chopra learned about
the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1981, and embraced it. He studied
the technique under Ayurvedic physician Brihaspati Dev Triguna in Delhi,
In 1993, he became executive director of the Sharp Institute for Human Potential and MindBody Medicine, a position he would retain until 1996.
Chopra Center for Well Being
In January 1994, he
left the Transcendental Meditation organization, and spent the next two
years developing plans for his own Chopra Center for Well Being. In 1996,
he left the Sharp Institute as well, and he and David Simon founded this
center, in La Jolla, California. It is located on the grounds of the La
Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.
He is 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.