Conversation can come in many forms. I can function as a speaker in many settings. One of my unique assets is my experience in clinical medicine and as someone who's clinical career was cut short by mental illness. However, I speak to medical and non-medical audiences alike. I speak about burnout and mental health in a professional setting and can tailor talks to particular needs or settings.


As a SPEAKER, I will gladly start the talking in any of the following types of forum, or in one specifically crafted for you.


  • The larger audience keynote-style address, while most commonly used, is technically the least conversational as it mostly involves me talking. Discussions after such talks can be very involved and enlightening, so it never remains a one-way dialogue.

    • Addresses can be tailored to the event: 30-40 minutes with time for Questions and Answers, or full length 50-60 minutes talks.

    • Addresses can vary according to the types of audience: didactic sessions for students, physicians, or in academic settings vs. a more personal story-telling style for general audiences.

  • Smaller venues, intimate gatherings can allow for even more personal conversation both during and after the talk. Examples include luncheons or online chat venues.

  • Small group sessions are the most conversational in which I facilitate discussions among participants not through my own stories but rather getting one another to share their own. Sessions can be done in classroom style settings or round table discussions.

  • I am also available for one-on-one talks if desired.

These choices will each be available as links for request in the near future as this website continues its construction. For now, one can contact me at any time through the Contac" button. Click now and let's start talking.

As a FACILITATOR, I function as a catalyst to start the very conversations I am proposing. As I say in my talks, if you gather a group of doctors in a room and tell them to "Talk about mental illness", then no one will speak: those with mental illness will keep very quiet, and those without mental illness will have nothing to say. But if you get doctors in a room and tell them to speak about mental health, anyone can feel free to speak. They still need a Facilitator to accomplish this. Who should that be? A psychiatrist or psychologist? A therapist? The problem with having them in the room, is that participants might perceive their presence as confirmation that this is just another talk about mental illness. But a facilitator can keep the message and the conversation focused on mental health without judgment, risk to the speaker, or need for fear of reprisal.

For programs wanting to engage their doctors in such conversations, please reach me through the Contact button. 

My experience as a surgeon who left clinical practice because of mental illness makes me an ideal speaker about burnout and mental health, both for the medical profession and for society in general.