The WellMD Center is pleased to honor two distinguished awardees each year, one for leadership and one for original research in physician well-being.

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 2018 Awards were presented during the  International Conference on Physician Health, October 11-13, 2018, Toronto, Canada.


Innovation and Leadership
in Physician Well-being Award


Liselotte (Lotte) Dyrbye, MD
Professor of Medicine
Assistant Director, Physician Well-Being Program
Department of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Lotte Dyrbye has over 10 years of experience researching the prevalence, drivers, and consequences of burnout and mitigating strategies.  She is an internationally recognized leader in medical student, resident, and physician well-being. Dr. Dyrbye is co-director of the Physician Well-Being Program within the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.



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


Jane B. Lemaire, MD
and colleagues
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair, Physician Wellness and Vitality
Department of Medicine
University of Calgary

Understanding How Patients Perceive Physician Wellness and its Links to Patient Care: A Qualitative Study. Lemaire JB, Ewashina D, Polachek AJ, Dixit J, Yiu V. PLoS One. 2018 May 15;13(5):e0196888. PMID: 29763443





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