Gabriel Klapman, M.D.
UCLA School of Medicine; Gabriel grew up in Santa Cruz, CA, where he explored the forests, nourished an open mind, and learned what it means to be healthy. At Pomona College he studied neuroscience and explored his fascination with the mind-body connection. After college he traveled to a rural village in the Peruvian Altiplano, where he helped establish a medical post and a waste collection program, and taught English, guitar and chess. He worked for a year at the Esalen Institute, where he took part in alternative healing modalities, organic farming and gestalt psychotherapy. He continues to assist in workshops on Feldenkrais, Silat martial arts, and body awareness. During medical school he volunteered for the homeless of Venice Beach, taught yoga & nutrition at a raw-food detox center in NY, and worked in health clinics in an orphanage, an ashram, and a monastery in India. He continues to help out at the Osher Center at UCSF on research related to yoga and chronic pain. Through these experiences, his role as a family & integrative medicine physician became clear. His professional interests include the doctor-patient relationship, home visits, palliative care, street medicine, and new approaches to wellness, integrative lifestyle change, and healthcare delivery. He is passionate about empowering patients to become healthy and lead fulfilling lives. He finds balance and inspiration through dancing, yoga, backpacking, mountain biking, farmer’s markets, live music, exploring indigenous culture, and connecting with new people.
Alumni Year: 2016