In 2017 the WellMD Center inaugurated two new annual awards.

The Stanford Medicine WellMD Center Innovation and Leadership in Physician Well-being Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment and innovation to promote the well-being of physicians.

The Stanford Medicine WellMD Center Physician Well-being Article Award is given to an original research manuscript published in the last 18 months that has advanced the cause of physician well-being.  An article is evaluated based on whether it has:

  • influenced the commitment of leaders to investigate, implement, and evaluate strategies to improve physician wellbeing
  • increased understanding of the impact of  programs, policies, and legislation promoting physician well-being on public health outcomes
  • conceptualized or operationalized an intervention strategy to promote physician well-being


The 2017 Awards were presented at the 1st American Conference on Physician Health, October 12-13, 2017, San Francisco, CA


Innovation and Leadership
in Physician Well-being Award


Mark Linzer, MD
Professor of General Internal Medicine
University of Minnesota

Mark Linzer has over 20 years of experience researching physician satisfaction and burnout.  He is a nationally recognized educator, mentor, and leader in innovating ways to improve the work-life of physicians. Dr. Linzer heads up the Center for Provider and Patient Experience at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Physician Well-being Article Award


Christian Helfrich, PhD, MPH
and colleagues
Research Associate Professor
University of Washington

The Association of Team-Specific Workload and Staffing with Odds of Burnout Among VA Primary Care Team Members. Helfrich CD, Simonetti JA, Clinton WL, Wood GB, Taylor L, Schectman G, Stark R, Rubenstein LV, Fihn SD, Nelson KM.  J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jul;32(7):760-766. PMID: 28233221