Keynote Speakers


             Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP

            Clinical Assistant Professor

      Stanford University School of Medicine


             Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD

           Clinical Associate Professor

               Stanford University


        Colin West, MD, PhD, FACP

           Professor of Medicine

                 Mayo Clinic


               Mary Brandt, MD, FACS

                Professor of Surgery

             Baylor College of Medicine


                Cady Coleman, PhD

             Former NASA Astronaut

           Colonel, USAF (ret), Chemist

#1 New York Times Bestseller & Finalist for Pulitzer Prize


THURS MAY 16 Self Promotion/ Professional Development

12:30 Opening - Burnout

1 Imelda Tjia, MD……Difficult Conversations/ Strengthening Professional Interactions

2 Julie Izzo, MD…………….Navigating Land Mines/ Strategy for Academic Success

3 Carin Hagberg, MD…….Imposter Syndrome

7 dinner

8 Networking Reception and book signing

FRIDAY MAY 17 Evidence-based/ Validated measurement/ Crisis Management

8 Colin West, MD……..Charter for PhysicianWellbeing

9 Eric Williams, MD…..The Impact of Burnout on Quality

10 Mickey Trockel, MD.... Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Strategies to Create a Culture of Wellness 

11 Lucy Kalanithi, MD... Moral, Ethical, and Personal Challenges Physicians Face When Caring for Others  

12 lunch

1 Mary Brandt, MD/ Catherine Coleman, Astronaut….Inner & Outer Space: Finding Awe in Your Work 

6:30 networking reception L’Orangerie yard

7 dinner

SATURDAY MAY 18 Relationships and Reflections

8 Ken Sapire, MD….COMPASS Technique for Addressing Professional Wellness

9  Brent Kaziny, MD….Moral Commitment in the Face of Crisis/ the ER’s Response During Katrina

10 Jennifer Mc Quade, MD….Moral Commitment in the Face of Crisis/ Establishing a National Response

11 Moderated Poster Session

12 lunch

1 Aparna Iyer, MD………

5:45 Myles Lee, MD….. Creativity Beyond Cardiac Surgery: The Expanded Education of a False God 

6:30 Los Angeles Physician Symphony Members Networking Reception 

7 dinner

SUNDAY MAY 19 Workshops

8 Ken Sapire workshop

9 Ken Sapire workshop

10 Adjournment

About Us






The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following presentations have been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility:   

• Charter for Physician Wellbeing 

• Moral, Ethical, and Personal Challenges Physicians Face when Caring for Others   

• Moral Commitment in the Face of Crisis / The ER’s Response During Katrina   

• Moral Commitment in the Face of Crisis / Establishing a National Response

CME Certificates and Attendance Verification Certificates 

Certificates awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or certificates documenting attendance will be emailed when an individual completes the online CME Verification process after the conference.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has implemented a process whereby everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that could potentially affect the information presented.  MD Anderson also requires that all faculty disclose any unlabeled use or investigational use (not yet approved for any purpose) of pharmaceutical and medical device products.  Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.

Physician Payments Sunshine Act 

MD Anderson complies with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Accordingly, we may be required to collect information on transfer of value provided to any covered recipient under the ACA.