Tait Shanafelt, MD
Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine
Tait currently serves as Stanford Medicine’s Chief Wellness Officer and as Director for the WellMD Center at Stanford Medicine. Prior to his move to Stanford, Tait joined the faculty of the Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology in 2005 and was a Professor of Medicine and Hematology and served as president of the Mayo Clinic staff from 2013-2016. His focus on physician wellness began in 2001 when he published a ground-breaking study that launched a national conversation about the problem and its impact on care. He has subsequently published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and research studies on the topic and is considered one of the pioneers of the field. The burnout trend, Tait says, is “eroding the soul of medicine.” His research in this area has involved physicians at all stages of their career, from medical school to practice, and has included several multi-center and national studies.