American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance for the Busy Surgeon

Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS

Presented by Sharmila Dissanaike, MBBS, FACS

This webinar takes attendees through a discussion of surgeon burnout and work-life balance using the technique of mindfulness. Attendees will be guided through a short practice session during the webinar. A robust question and answer session ends this 55-minute session.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe current burnout prevalence among surgeon
  • Discuss the relationship of burnout prevention to work-life balance
  • Understand the concept of mindfulness as it applies in daily life
  • Describe methods to incorporate mindfulness training in a busy surgical career

More about Sharmila Dissanaike

Sharmila Dissanaike is Professor of Surgery and the Peter C. Canizaro Chair at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is also the Medical Director of the Level 1 Trauma Center and  Assistant Director of the regional Burn Center. In addition to her clinical and research interests which focus on trauma, burns, critical care and acute care surgery, she has an interest in ethics, humanism and personal development among surgeons. She serves on the Ethics committees of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as well as the American Burn Association as Chair, and is faculty at the McGovern Center for Ethics Humanity and Spirituality. She has over 30 years of personal experience with mindfulness meditation, which she now teaches in the context of burnout prevention and personal development to surgeons, physicians and medical trainees.

Dr. Dissanaike is originally from Sri Lanka. She completed medical school on scholarship to the University of Sydney, Australia prior to arriving in the US for surgical training in 2001. She started her residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and subsequently transferred to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in her second year after marrying Michael Cohen, a podiatrist from the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico region. Having overcome the initial culture shock of moving to West Texas from Manhattan, she returned as faculty in 2007 after completing a trauma fellowship at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She and Michael have since lived happily in Lubbock, recently joined by Tootsie a bulldog-boxer puppy and Scrappy, a 6 week old rescue pup of dubious parentage.

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