Uncomfortable Conversations - Mental Health Awareness in Surgery

The COVID pandemic has resulted in increased rates of burnout and mental illness among surgeons. The quiet epidemic of mental illness continues to leave both surgical trainees and staff at increased risk of self-harm or suicide. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Carrie Cunningham and Dr. Dawn Coleman about their efforts to change the narrative and provide data on the impacts of mental health on surgical training and practices. 


Disclaimer: Topics covered in this episode may be sensitive for some listeners. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please get in touch with a trained professional or call 988 for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.



  • Dr. Carrie Cunningham (nee Lubitz) (@lubitz_carrie) is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Section head of the Massachusetts General Hospital Endocrine Surgery Unit, and Associate Director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment.
  • Dr. Dawn Coleman (@DawnDM_vasc) is the newly appointed Division Chief for the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Duke University.

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