It is often difficult to ask for help.

John Kunicky
Sr. Human Resources Director UPMC Physician Services, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Senior Services, and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

"It is often difficult to ask for help, and when you are a physician and used to being the helper, it is even more so. PA PHP helps put physicians at ease, knowing that their privacy and confidentiality is protected while they seek assistance. I have no hesitation in recommending PA PHP to physicians and to colleagues who seek a trusted, easy to access, effective, and private resource."


A large majority of participants are substance free throughout their involvement in the program.

Jon Lepley, DO, FAOAAM
Medical Director, Addiction Medicine, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Chair, PA PHP Advisory Committee and past participant

“ When I had concerns about my mental health and substance problems early in my career, I had a lot of misconceptions about the Pennsylvania Physicians’ Health Program (PA PHP). I presumed they were a vast and ominous monitoring organization that would look for reasons to take away my medical license. Through becoming involved as a participant, I found the reality of the organization to be quite the contrary. The PA PHP is a small team of very dedicated people who genuinely care about the well-being of health care providers. I do regret that I did not reach out to them sooner.

I’ve come to stay connected to the PA PHP on a professional level through volunteering time to chair an advisory committee for the organization, and as a leader in a large health system. From that vantage, I can see that the concern for participant well-being is genuine but also firmly balanced by their sense of duty toward patient safety and occupational safety. The PA PHP takes great care to ensure that participants who have taken time away to address health problems do not return to the workplace prematurely.

This is evidenced by a great track record of success.

I think it is very important to support our PA PHP with both words and action. Whenever the opportunity arises, I am quick to point out that the PA PHP is comprised of very dedicated people who work hard to balance participant well-being with a duty towards patient safety. Physician well-being and patient safety would be eroded across our state in the absence of this dedicated team. I also make financial contributions as able, and considering the tremendous service provided I encourage hospitals and health systems to do the same.”