Presenters

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

JON KABAT-ZINN, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and serves on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists to promote deeper understanding of different ways of knowing and probing the nature of mind, emotions, and reality.

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the president of the Mind & Life Institute, which serves as the primary convener, catalyst and community builder for the contemplative sciences. She began her career as a registered nurse caring for individuals with cancer and mental illness and those facing the end of life, followed by doctoral and post-doctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology and psycho-oncology. She has taught and researched mindfulness and compassion practices in health care and higher education at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts. Susan has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and leading retreats and workshops for over 20 years, and is the author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness.

Ronald Epstein, MD

Ron Epstein is family physician, palliative care physician, teacher, researcher, and author of Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity (Scribner, 2017). He is internationally known for his groundbreaking research and educational programs to promote effective communication and mindful practice in healthcare, with a focus on difficult end-of-life conversations. He has over 250 publications, including Mindful Practice (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999) which catalyzed the incorporation of mindfulness in medicine and medical education. You can learn more about Dr. Epstein and his work at his website.

Ni-Cheng Liang, MD

Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang is a mother, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician and mindfulness teacher. She is Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates, affiliated with Scripps Health. As a cancer survivor, she attributes mindfulness meditation to maximizing her quality of life. After returning to medical practice from cancer treatment, she incorporates mindfulness into her practice of medicine with patients, and teaches mindfulness for cultivating resilience amongst healthcare providers. Find out more about Dr. Liang here, including a link to her publication on Integrative Medicine for Pulmonary Patients in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Patient Education Series.

Bobby Mukkamala, MD

Bobby Mukkamala, MD is an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor in his hometown of Flint, MI. He shares an office with his wife, Nita, an Ob-Gyn. Dr. Mukkamala has served on the Crim Fitness Foundation board of directors for a decade. The Crim has evolved beyond just physical fitness and is now teaching the community about the role of mindfulness on the overall health, and has programs in all Flint Community Schools. You can learn more about Dr. Mukkamala and his work on his website.

Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the author of several books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct and her latest book The Upside of Stress. Her 2013 TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," is one of the Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with over 19 million views. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training and studies how social connection can promote health, happiness, and resilience. Dr. McGonigal has consulted for a wide range of non-profit organizations and industries to bring evidence-based strategies for well-being into the workplace, healthcare, education, technology, and community outreach. You can learn more about Dr. McGonigal and her work at her website.

Richard Davidson, PhD

Dr. Richard Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 400 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain published in 2012 and co-author with Daniel Goleman of Altered Traits published in 2017. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018. To learn moer about Dr. Davidson and his work, visit the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe is the LeVine Family Distinguished Associate Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. Giscombe is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Director of the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Behavioral Health Equity. She is a health psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her research focuses on stress management to improve health among diverse populations, with specific emphasis on the health and well-being of African American women. Dr. Giscombe developed the groundbreaking Superwoman Schema conceptual framework and questionnaire to conduct research on stress and health in African American women. Dr. Giscombe's research is highly regarded for its focus on culturally-sensitive strategies to reduce health disparities, including the incorporation of mindfulness-based stress reduction in African Americans and other underserved populations.

Patricia Rockman, MD

Patricia Rockman is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the past chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She is a medical psychotherapist who leads MBCT and MBSR groups as well as providing mentorship and training clinicians. She is a founder and the Director of Education and Clinical Services at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Dr. Rockman is the co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice, New Harbinger Publications, 2019.

Leonard Calabrese, MD

Dr. Calabrese is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and director of the RJ Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic holding joint appointments in the Department of Infectious Diseases and the Wellness Institute. Dr. Calabrese is academically engaged in the role of empathy and mindfulness in health care and is a course director on the Art and Practice of Medicine and leads the curricular thread on Human Values. He is the author of over 400 scientific publications. Connect with Dr. Calabrese on Twitter.

Reena Kotecha, MBBS, BSc Hons

Dr. Reena Kotecha qualified with a dual degree in Medicine and Neuroscience & Mental from Imperial College London. She spent the early part of her career in the National Health Service, UK, as a hospital doctor. 4 years into her clinical career, the work environment took a toll on Reena's mental health and wellbeing and she took and extended period out of practice. She began studying Ayurvedic medicine and practicing pranayama (yogic breath-work) and mindfulness meditation. With the mission of 'Healthcare starts with Self Care,' Reena set up the 'Mindful Medics' Programme, a program which enables healthcare professionals to come together in a safe setting and discuss their unique challenges whilst also encompassing tools and techniques to improve self care and wellbeing. Reena also delivers talks, workshops and courses across many sectors outside of healthcare. Learn more about Reena and her work on her website.

Kristin Neff, PhD

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, released by William Morrow. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School she has developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook which is now available by Guilford. Learn more about Kristin and her work on her website.

Daniel Goleman, PhD

Daniel Goleman, PhD has just launched an Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification with KeyStepMedia and he currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He's the author of New York Times bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, and many others, including Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, written with Richard Davidson. To find out more about Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification visit the website here.

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center. She is contemplative social scientist and teacher in the fields of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. She draws on advanced training and life experiences in clinical social work, integrative medicine research, and contemplative meditation practices and science. Eve is a second generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach emotional awareness, a project commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama. Eve is a founding teacher for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidenced based training committed to utilizing the experience of emotion as a path for developing the happiness of being for ourselves and in relationship to others.

Arpan Waghray, MD

Dr. Waghray is a geriatric psychiatrist and system director for behavioral medicine at Swedish Health Services and Chief Medical Officer at Well Being Trust. He also serves as co-chair of the Providence St. Joseph Health Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practice Group. In this role, he facilitates clinical collaboration across the organization to design, develop and deploy solutions that reduce variation and spread innovation. He was the clinical sponsor for the system’s depression care pathway and oversees its comprehensive tele-behavioral health network. Dr. Waghray completed his medical school training in India, a residency at Brookdale University Medical Center in New York and a fellowship at the University of Washington. He later completed a leadership development program through the Washington State Medical Association designed for physician leaders, as well as an executive development program at the Michael G. Foster School of Business.

Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, numerous national and international hospice and palliative care conferences, Google Headquarters and other corporate settings. He also teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD is the Executive Director and Research Director of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Medical Director for Addiction Services as well as Director of Addiction Residency Education and Mindful Mental Health Service at CHA. Dr. Schuman-Oliver is faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Data Sciences at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. As a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, he has been involved with research and clinical care of patients with addiction, mental illness, and chronic pain both in mental health and primary care settings. He is a founding member of the Mindfulness Research Collaborative and is part of the NIH Science of Behavior Change Initiative. He is principal investigator of the MINDFUL-PC project, which is leading the way in integrating mindfulness into the patient-centered medical home. He is Director of the Clinical Core for the NCCIH program project grant on synergistic approaches to chronic pain treatment. Finally, he led the development of the MySafeRx integrated technology platform and has been studying the impact of compassionate, motivational mobile recovery coaching and remote daily supervised medication dosing on medication adherence during opioid use disorder treatment.


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Joshua Cutler, LICSW

Josh Cutler is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and innovator in the mental health field. He leads a team of behavioral health specialists providing evidenced based interventions, including mindfulness, to caregivers working in the hospitals and clinics of Providence St. Joseph Health, our nation’s 3rd largest health system. He regularly facilitates workshops on wellness and burnout for healthcare providers. His experience spans transforming organizations in senior management roles, actively influencing public policy at a state and national level, and working in a range of clinical settings with individuals and families to achieve mental wellness. His current focus is on utilizing cutting edge technology to increase access to empirically supported behavioral health treatments.

Cathy Jacobson

Catherine Jacobson serves as president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a regional health care system based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles. She is also a past chair of the board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and is currently serving on the board. Jacobson’s recognitions include Distinguished Executive of the Year from the Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame in 2018. She was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013 and received an honorable mention as Executive of the Year in 2014 and runner up in 2016. Jacobson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Healthcare Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015 and was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review 2014 Health Care Leaders Award and one of Becker’s 24 Leading Women to Know in Healthcare. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Institute.

Vania Rudolf, MD, MPH, FASAM

Vania Rudolf, MD is an addiction medicine specialist with additional training in family medicine, integrative medicine and high risk obstetrics. She leads the addiction recovery services at Swedish Medical Center where she gets to enjoy practicing mindfulness and self-compassion with colleagues and patients. She is passionate about wellness and meaningful ways to cultivate kindness, connection and self care while decreasing burnout. She endeavors to practice compassionate, healing care to patients, enthusiastically trying to eliminate stigma, socio-economic disparities and social marginalization. Her clinical work has strong focus on improving and developing frameworks both locally and nationally to eliminate stigma, promote compassion, and contribute to public health efforts to improve wellness and outcomes for colleagues, patients and families.

Michael Dandorph

Michael J. Dandorph is president of Rush University System for Health and president of Rush University Medical Center. As president of Rush University System for Health, Dandorph serves as the senior-most leader responsible for the integrated operations and strategies of the system’s hospitals and clinical practices, as well as the system’s continued growth and future direction. Prior to joining Rush, Dandorph served for 18 years with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Dandorph has served on a number of community and for-profit boards, and he speaks frequently at conferences and universities on a variety of topics related to strategy, leadership development, operations and the fiscal management of health systems.

Jenee Johnson

Jenée Johnson is the Program Innovation Leader: Mindfulness, Trauma, and Racial Equity at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). Jenée leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs through the Trauma Informed Systems of Care Initiative. Jenée initiated a partnership with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, stay resilient, inspire growth and become a mindful culture in this important process. For the past 15 years Jenée served as the director of the Black Infant Health Program, a prenatal intervention addressing infant and maternal mortality. While there she introduced the mindful practice of “Quiet Sitting” at the beginning of all group sessions. The practice is now standardized statewide in the Black Infant Health curriculum. She is also a coach and consultant at Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services. She is passionate about forwarding mindful practices in the Black community to help people cultivate resilience, joy and heal from trauma.

P. Nelson Le, MD, MBA

Nelson is a senior executive who brings 20+ years of healthcare, business, and digital experience. He has spoken across the country on the topic of Clinician Burnout including presenting at CMS Medical Grand Rounds on this topic. Most recently, Nelson served as Medical Director for AVIA where he provided clinical leadership and expertise in translating health system needs into opportunities for digital innovation. He also served as Vice President for the Clinical & Business Operations business line and later led the Children’s Hospital Market segment. Nelson earned his MD from Boston University’s Accelerated BA/MD Program, completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert, is a nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. As a nurse, she has worked in emergency, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work. She is trained as a Nurse Coach through The Nurse Coach Collective. To learn more about Rheanna's work, the evidenced-based signs and symptoms of moral injury and burnout, and the guided questions to establish your next steps, click here.

Mark Bertin, MD

Mark Bertin, MD is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.

Dzung Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, is the Head of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada, and co-founder and director of the BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. He co-developed a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) and the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

Parneet Pal, M.B.B.S., M.S

Parneet Pal is the Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, a San Francisco-based company solving for stress, burnout, anxiety and loneliness in the workplace. A Harvard-trained physician, she focuses on the intersection of lifestyle medicine, behavior change and technology and building wiser workplaces using the science of mindfulness, resilience and compassion. A global speaker and podcaster, she loves connecting the dots between personal, social and planetary wellbeing and the future of health. Connect with Parneet on LinkedIn.

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is Editor-in-Chief of Mindful magazine and Mindful.org. He has been practicing mindfulness since 1972 and teaching it since 1980, leading seminars, retreats, and leadership programs. He is the editor of the anthology The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. Barry is also co-author of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on the strategic principles that underlie Sun Tzu’s Art of War.