Physician Resiliency Summit Speakers

Morning Keynote

Dr. Tait Shanafelt

Chief Wellness Officer, Associate Dean, and Jeanie and Stewart Richie Professor of Medicine Stanford University

Tait ShanafeltDr. Tait Shanafelt is the chief wellness officer, associate dean, and Jeanie and Stewart Richie Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Shanafelt is a hematologist/oncologist whose clinical work focuses on the care of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Leukemia Steering Committee and is currently the principle investigator on three R01 grants from the NCI. He has been the principle investigator on numerous clinical trials testing new treatments for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia including two national phase three trials for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. He has published more than 350 peer review manuscripts and commentaries in addition to more than 100 abstracts and book chapters.

In addition to his leukemia research, Dr. Shanfelt is an international thought leader and researcher in the field of physician well-being and its implications for quality of care. His pioneering studies in this area nearly 20 years ago are credited with helping launch the entire field of organizational efforts to promote physician well-being. He previously served as the founding director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Program on Physician Wellbeing and served a three-year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013-16. In 2017, he moved to Stanford where he leads the WellMD Center.

Dr. Shanafelt is a member of the American College of Physicians Taskforce on Physician Well-being and the National Academy of Medicine Committee on System Approaches to Support Clinician Well-being. He has helped hundreds of organizations and their leaders work to improve burnout and promote professional fulfillment for physicians. Dr. Shanafelt has published more than 120 scientific manuscripts on this topic and he has served as a keynote speaker to the AMA, ACGME, AAMC and ABIM. His studies in this area have also been cited in CNN, USA Today, U.S. News and The New York Times. In 2018, he was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in health care.

Lunch Keynote

Pamela Wible, MD

Family medicine physician

PamelaWible-photoDr. Pamela Wible is a family physician born into a family of physicians who warned her not to pursue medicine. She soon discovered why – to heal her patients she first had to heal her profession. Fed up with assembly-line medicine, Dr. Wible held town hall meetings where she invited citizens to design their own ideal clinic. Open since 2005, Wible’s community clinic has inspired Americans to create ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide.

Her innovative model is now taught in medical schools and featured in Harvard School of Public Health’s newest edition of Renegotiating Health Care, a textbook examining major trends with the potential to change the dynamics of health care. Dr. Wible speaks widely on health care delivery and is the bestselling author of Pet Goats & Pap Smears and Physician Suicide Letters – Answered.

When not treating patients, Dr. Wible devotes herself to medical student and physician suicide prevention. She has investigated more than 1,100 doctor suicides and her extensive database and suicide registry reveals highest-risk specialties – and solutions. In between treating her own patients, Dr. Wible runs a free doctor suicide hotline and has helped countless medical students and physicians heal from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts so they can enjoy practicing medicine again.

Dr. Wible’s blogs have been picked up by major media such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine.

She’s delivered 2 TED talks, an award-winning NPR interview, and her work on doctor suicide was the focus of a primetime segment on America Tonight. Dr. Wible most recently reported on New York City’s physician suicide cluster on Dr. Oz and is a subject in the new award-winning documentary, Do No Harm: Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax.

An inspiring leader and educator of the next generation of physicians, Dr. Wible has been named one of the 2015 Women Leaders in Medicine by the American Medical Student Association, and TEDMED calls her the “Physicians’ Guardian Angel.”

Breakout Sessions

M. Stacia Dearmin, MD

Founder, Thrive: Insight, Education, Support

StaciaDearmin-photoDr. Stacia Dearmin is committed to supporting physicians coping with unexpected adverse outcomes and medical malpractice litigation. A physician-coach, she helps colleagues find their way to thrive by alleviating isolation and providing insight in the midst of the toughest experience many will ever have. As a speaker, she draws on her personal story to illuminate the experience for physicians, and to educate defense lawyers, risk managers, and health care leaders regarding the needs of physician-defendants. She blogs regularly at Her essays have been published by HealthMatrix of CWRU's Law School (forthcoming, May, 2019) and syndicated by Doximity, Kevinmd, and others.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Vanderbilt University, and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, she is a practicing, teaching physician with the Division of Emergency Services of Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio. An occasional runner, semi-obsessed knitter, and lifelong nature-lover, she is the proud mother of two wonderful young adults.


Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP
Director of Provider Wellbeing
Christiana Care Health System

HeatherFarley-photoAs the Director of Provider Wellbeing for Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, Dr. Farley’s focus is on optimizing the experience of providing care for clinicians. She leads Christiana’s Center for Provider Wellbeing, overseeing internal initiatives designed to address institutional and individual sources of provider stress and burnout, while fostering overall provider wellbeing, joy and meaning in work.

Dr. Farley completed residency training in emergency medicine in 2005, fellowship training in administration in 2006, and earned her Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2018. She has previously served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care and was instrumental in establishing the institution’s first freestanding emergency department in 2013, subsequently serving as the medical director for 3 years. In 2014, she developed “Care for the Caregiver” one of the nation’s earliest and largest peer support programs for health care providers.

Dr. Farley is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has held several leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians on the state and national level. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and has been the principal or co-investigator in 10 grant-funded studies. She frequently speaks at local, national and international venues with the goal of mutual sharing of best practices and innovations in the field of clinician wellbeing. Dr. Farley continues to practice and teach emergency medicine in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country.


COL Catherine Kimball-Eayrs
Chief Experience Officer
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

KIMBALL-EAYS-photoCOL Catherine Kimball-Eayrs grew up an Army brat in both Washington, DC, and overseas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. COL Kimball-Eayrs matriculated to the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and graduated in 1999. She did her pediatric training in San Antonio as part of the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Her follow on assignments were at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and she was a part of the merger that created Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has deployed twice, once to Iraq in 2006 to 2007 and once to Kuwait in 2015. In June 2017, she took on the new role of Chief Experience Officer and has spent the last two years helping to define both patient and staff experience at Walter Reed and throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). In addition, she serves as the NCR representative to the DHA Patient Experience Working Group and the project lead for Improving Experience in the NCR.

COL Kimball-Eayrs lives in Silver Spring with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she teaches Sunday School to high schoolers, serves as a troop leader and cookie manager for her daughters’ Girl Scout troops, and tries to run two half marathons every year.