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National Physician Suicide Awareness Conference & Webinar

(Sponsored by AWAEM & SAEM Wellness Committee)


Presentation Description

This session will have a panel of experts in physician wellness and physician suicide to discuss burnout, prevalence of physician suicide, inciting and mitigating factors and more with a goal of increasing awareness about physician suicide.


Elizabeth M. Fitelson, M.D

Elizabeth M. Fitelson, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC

Dr. Fitelson is the Director of the Women's Program in the Department of Psychiatry. Her area of expertise includes the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the female life cycle, including perinatal psychopharmacologic management, menstrual cycle and perimenopause related disorders, infertility, and pregnancy loss. She also has experience in crisis management, ECT assessment, public psychiatry, and resident and medical student education.

Peter Yellowlees MBBS, MD

Peter Yellowlees MBBS, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health

Peter Yellowlees is a British-born American physician, researcher, academic and administrator. He is Chief Wellness Officer at UC Davis Health and Professor of General Psychiatry at University of California, Davis. He is also the Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis. He holds the Alan Stoudemire Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and is the Director of Physician Health Program at UC Davis Psychiatry. He chairs the UCDH Wellbeing Committee.Dr. Yellowlees has conducted research in the areas of psychiatry, telemedicine, health informatics and physician health. Most of his research has been focused on the doctor-patient interface and how technologies can be used to promote high quality care and improve physician well-being.

José R. Maldonado, M.D., FAPM

José R. Maldonado, M.D., FAPM, FACFE, Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Maldonado is Medical Director of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services and Transplant Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Forensic Medicine. He is Chair of the Stanford School of Medicine – Faculty Senate and President of the American Delirium Society.

Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA

Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine, Stanford

Andra Blomkalns, MD is the Stanford Medicine Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, Dr. Blomkalns served as division chief of general emergency medicine and vice chair for academic affairs and business development at University of Texas Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Blomkalns is President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Foundation and Past President of SAEM. Dr. Blomkalns is also an active member of SAEM’s Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM). Dr. Blomkalns earned her medical degree from Louisiana State Health Sciences Center and completed residency and internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital and College of Medicine. She also holds a Master’s in Business from the University of Texas. Her undergraduate degree is from Rice University.