An American writer and psychiatrist, he is best known for works such as Every Day Gets a Little Closer and When Nietzsche Wept. As a psychiatrist, he was a proponent of existential therapy.
After graduating from George Washington University and the Boston University School of Medicine, he taught at Stanford University.
He received the Oskar Pfister Award.
He was born in Washington, D.C. to Russian immigrant parents. He married Marilyn Yalom.
His 2005 novel, The Schopenhauer Cure, focuses on the philosophical theories of Arthur Schopenhauer.