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Deepak Chopra (born October 22, 1946) is an Indian medical                                     
doctor and writer. He has written extensively on spirituality and diverse topics               
in mind-body medicine. He states that he has been influenced by the teachings of               
Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita from his native India, and quantum physics. He                   
also said that he has been profoundly influenced by the teachings of J                         
Krishnamurti. His teachings have had a profound influence on the The New                       
Thought Movement which has embraced him in the U.S .                                           
Chopra was born in New Delhi and educated in India. He completed his primary                   
education at St. Columba's School in New Delhi and eventually graduated from the               
prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His father, Krishna Chopra,               
was a cardiologist in India and served as a lieutenant in the British army.                     
Chopra's grandfather practiced Ayurveda.                                                       
Having graduated from AIIMS in 1969, Chopra emigrated to the U.S. in 1970 with                 
his newly-wedded wife, Rita, to do his clinical internship at a New Jersey                     
hospital, followed by residency training for several more years at the Lahey                   
Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and at the University of Virginia Hospital.                 
He became board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.                               
Chopra has two children, Mallika Chopra and Gotham Chopra.
Chopra has cast himself as a critic but not an enemy of conventional medicine.       
He teaches an annual update in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess           
Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where his younger     
brother, Sanjiv, is Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Continuing           
Medical Education. Physicians' continuing medical education through                 
the Chopra Center has been certified by the American Medical Association.           
Chopra has written more than 40 books. They range broadly across spiritual and       
health topics; including bestsellers on aging, the "Seven spiritual laws of         
success," the existence of God, arguments for the afterlife and world peace. He     
has also written novels and edited collections of spiritual poetry from India       
and Persia.