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Dave Hepburn, MD

Medutainer & Award-Winning Syndicated Columnist

Considered one of the nation’s top “medutainers”, Dave Hepburn is an award winning syndicated columnist to more than 100 newspapers across the United States and Canada. He can be seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Canada on Buy.O.Logic. He is the author of the hilarious “The Doctor Is In(sane)” which was nominated for several book awards. He is co-host of the popular national radio program “Wisequacks” heard weekly across Canada.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Stress for Success
Having your company, and all who work for it, understand how to harness the inevitable stress of business and of life is essential to superior personal and corporate health. Using the template of the Harvard Business Review, medical doctor David Hepburn teaches how to identify the symptoms of negative stress (distress), while capitalizing on the positive stress (eustress) that benefits the body. He shares his 16 point method of avoiding the ravages of unmitigated negative stress to help you and your company thrive during change and when reaching high-performance levels instead of experiencing severe burnout.

The Further From Nature, the Harder the Heart
The Further from Nature, the Harder the Heart is a quote from a Ute chief Dave came across one summer in Colorado.  They discussed the modernization/westernization/colonization of the Indigenous peoples and how moving away from the Healthy Traditions provided by Nature caused a significant rise in heart disease.  First Nations communities should be amongst the healthiest in Canada yet First Nation men die eight years earlier than the Canadian average and women die five years earlier. Heart disease is 50% higher, Type 2 diabetes is four times higher and TB almost 10 times higher than the Canadian Average.  In this keynote, Dave shares what First Nation communities can do to reverse this alarming disparity and inspires First Nation audiences to turn back to the Wisdom and Values of their Elders and the Traditional Healing methods that served their communities for centuries. Dave affirms that by resuming connection to Nature, the land, in all its forms, both quantity and quality of life can be improved.

100 Ways to Enjoy Growing Older: The Science of Fun
Dave expounds on his famous list published in The Doctor is In(Sane). An up-to- date, fun and informative discussion on what you absolutely MUST know to enjoy and not just endure growing older. How to harness the ever-changing science of happiness and fun in everyday life. “There ain’t much fun in medicine but there is a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.”

Yes We Can…nabis
The remarkable story of how and why cannabis has become a source of national debate pitching governments against cities, doctors against regulators and even neighbours against patients. Mythinformation abounds and incredibly, it is the aging baby boomers and older who are battling the hardest for a credible understanding of medical cannabis, what it prevents, what it is best used for, how it can be used and how to obtain access. A leading authority and key opinion leader, Dave consults to many organizations, medical and otherwise, on the intriguing world of cannabis.

Seven Numbers you Absolutely Need to know…Die Young
This is, in fact, what we as doctors want you to do. Die young…. at an old age. 6P medicine: Prevention, Prediction, Protection, Personalization, Preparation and Participatory is the key to dying young. You, not your doctor, are responsible for your own health. Knowledge is power, and with health being your greatest wealth, this lecture may be the most valuable investment you ever make.

  • Dr. Hepburn lived up to his reputation as an authentic story teller and his sympathetic, knowledgeable approach to the serious topic of aging provided encouragement and hope that we can realistically make the best of our individual senior years and continue to be productive, contributing citizens – examples to others. Dr. Hepburn brings a light and warmth to his presentation, inspiring fun and adventure as an antidote to the fears and anxiety of the physical and mental effects of aging.

    - President, Parkland Area Retired Teachers’ Association
  • We were absolutely thrilled to have him share both his personal stories and life lessons as it related to his topic "100 Ways to Enjoy Growing Older: The Science of Fun". His presentation was both useful and practical with humor mixed throughout. Dr. Dave Hepburn was easily one of the highlights to our retreat.

    - Executive Assistant, Alberta Retired Teachers
  • Enormously entertaining and motivating, a great way to set the tone for the rest of our conference, which turned out to be our best ever, undoubtedly because of this opening presentation.

    - Western Regional GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
  • The wonderful sense of humor got the rapt attention of the entire audience. It was spontaneous, quick-witted and the general consensus was that it was the best presentation of the entire Congress.

    - B.C. Society of Medical Laboratory Science

Summary Profile

Dave can be seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Canada on Buy.O.Logic. In this fun and fast-paced series no medical ailment is off limits, no healthcare product safe from scrutiny and no test too outrageous to tackle. He is best known for Wisequacks, the nationally syndicated comic radio show he co-hosts with Dr. Rob Sealey, is the real thing – with a cockeyed sense of humour to help the medicine go down.

Dave is an award winning syndicated columnist to more than 100 newspapers across the United States and Canada. He is a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Community Newspaper Association columnist of the year award as well as the Arizona Newspaper Association columnist of the year. He is the author of The Doctor Is In(sane) which was released in April 2009 and nominated for several book awards.

Dave lived in the remote Pacific island of Tanna in the country of Vanuatu where, for most of a year he was the sole doctor and bush surgeon to 30,000 Tannese, many of whom had never seen a white man. His remarkable Vanuatu exploits, including that of standing on the edge of a volcano as it exploded were chronicled weekly on CBC radio. Dave was a Canadian naval surgeon in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He served as the doctor for the West Coast fleet for three years.

His interest in sports and sports medicine resulted in him being called to be a medical director of the 1994 Commonwealth Games and a team physician in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has been or currently is the team doctor to national rugby teams as well as junior and professional hockey teams. Two athletic sons swept him into coaching high-level hockey for 12 years, where one of his young players went on to win the NHL scoring championship (Art Ross trophy). He, himself, entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest scoring defence man in the longest hockey game in history.

He is on the Board of Directors for the David Foster Foundation and is a clinical instructor with University of British Columbia Medical School. Dave has led two African safaris amongst his many global thrill-seeking exploits which have taken him around the planet and across the equator several times. He is an avid outdoorsman, white water enthusiast, and has survived being a leader in the Canadian Boy Scouts for 14 years.