National Perspectives for Improving Organizational Responses to Health Professionals’ Well-Being

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This presentation was developed for Organizational Well-Being in Health Care: A National Symposium held Aug. 5-6, 2021. Learn more about the symposium here.

About National Perspectives for Improving Organizational Responses to Health Professionals’ Well-Being

Panelists Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH, Carol Bernstein, MD, Andrew McLean, MD, MPH, Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSW, LSW, and Steve Wengel, MD, leaders in well-being from health care systems across the country, share strategies they have seen implemented at the organizational level for preventing and addressing burnout. They identify urgent system-level needs as well as lessons learned from their work in this area. Moderated by Jeffrey Gold, PhD.

The video recording of this session may be accessed here or by clicking on the "view resource" button above.

Speaker Bios


Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH, is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Well-Being and Development and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Peccoralo earned her MD and Masters in Public Health and completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and general medicine fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Peccoralo is a practicing primary care physician and medical educator. Prior to her work in her current role, Dr. Peccoralo founded and developed the Primary Care Track, an Integrated behavioral health program in her primary care practice and a Divisional Faculty well-being program. In her current well-being role, Dr. Peccoralo has developed a robust institution-wide Faculty Well-being Program, a leadership workshop in appreciation and coaching and has worked to reduce in-basket and clerical burden through work groups and a grant program. In her faculty development role, she aims to enhance career development programs, collaborate on leadership development opportunities; and create and promote mentorship programming. Dr. Peccoralo also serves as a senior member of Mount Sinai’s COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Worker Psychological research program. She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on her work on the impact of COVID on Health Care worker mental health and on her Coaching and Appreciation Sessions for Leaders.


Carol A. Bernstein, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Wellbeing, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Montefiore Medical Center /Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also a Senior Scholar in the Department of Education and Organizational Development for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She was previously Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at NYU. From 2001- 2011, Dr. Bernstein also served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official for ACGME accredited training programs at NYU. Dr. Bernstein is a Past-President of the American Psychiatric Association and served the Association as Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee-at-Large and as the chair of multiple committees. She has served as a spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association on many occasions and received the 1997 exemplary psychiatrist award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). She is the recipient of the APA/NIMH Vestermark Award in Psychiatric Education and the APA Alexandra Symonds Award for contributions to the advancement of women in leadership and in women’s health. In 2018, Dr. Bernstein received a special Presidential commendation from the APA for her work in educating the public about mental illness through her role on Sirius/XM Doctor Radio. In 2019, she received the John Gienapp Award for notable contributions to Graduate Medical Education from the ACGME and the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Psychiatrists.


Dr. McLean is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He obtained his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin and an M.P.H. degree from the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the UND School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima award for outstanding contributions to Disaster Psychiatry, and teaching excellence awards. Dr. McLean previously was the Medical Director of the ND Department of Human Services. He has served on a number of clinical, administrative and regulatory boards including medical licensing and professional health programs. He has lectured internationally on pertinent behavioral and public health issues. Dr. McLean has a particular interest in working with and advocating for individuals with serious and persistent behavioral health issues. He also is interested in individual and community resilience.

Steven Wengel, MD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the first-ever assistant vice chancellor for campus wellness for UNMC and the University of NebraskaOmaha. Dr. Wengel is from Omaha and has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1991, specializing in geriatric psychiatry. He treats patients with a broad range of psychiatric conditions, including dementia, depression, and anxiety disorders. He is currently the director of the UNMC Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, and he previously served as the chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, from 2004 to 2018. Dr. Wengel has a longstanding interest in the role of non-medication interventions for reducing stress and anxiety. He has employed meditation techniques in his personal, clinical, and academic practices for many years, and has worked with the University of Nebraska to create innovative academic and clinical programs in stress reduction. In his current role as the wellness champion for UNMC, he oversees academic programs reaching out to faculty and trainees in all disciplines. His goal is to reduce stress and burnout in health care students and staff, as well as to reach out to other populations across the state and region.

August 13, 2021
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