Tait Shanafelt, MD
Chief Wellness Officer, Associate Dean, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Tait 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 Well-being and served a 3 year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013- 2016. In 2017, he moved to Stanford where he leads the WellMD Center. He 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 served as a key note speaker to the AMA, ACGME, AAMC, and ABIM. Tait’s 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 healthcare.