Keynote Speakers

June 1, 2018:
Combating Burn Out, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: What Can We Do? 

Lyuba Konopasek, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital‚Äč

June 3, 2018:
Communicative Construction of Resilience For Well Being

Patrice Buzzanell, PhD, University of South Florida

Lyuba Konopasek, MD

Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

“Combating Burn Out, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: What Can We Do?”

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define burnout and how it is measured
  • Describe drivers of burnout
  • Identify organizational and individual strategies for improving clinician well-being
About Dr. Konopasek:

Lyuba Konopasek, MD is the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, overseeing graduate medical education at both the Columbia and Weill Cornell campuses. She is also the Director for Physician Engagement and Well-Being. Prior to this, she served a three-year term as Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, a branch of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Konopasek’s activities in medical education span the continuum from undergraduate medical education to residency training and faculty development. She has presented numerous faculty development workshops on topics including effective teaching skills, professionalism, communication skills, clinical reasoning, and feedback and assessment strategies both nationally and internationally. Dr.Konopasek developed the Ask-Tell-Ask model for feedback giving and has presented it at multiple local, national and international conferences. Over the past two years she has focused her faculty development activities on physician well-being. She is a member of the ACGME Task Force on Physician Well-Being.



Patrice Buzzanell, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Communication
University of South Florida

“Communicative Construction of Resilience for Well Being

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List the five key processes for constructing resilience
  • Explain how language, interaction, and networks help to cultivate and implement resilience processes
  • Align practical strategies with each of the 5 key processes
  • Consider how adaptation and transformation act separately and together to develop futures that enable people not only to survive but also consider more viable futures
About Dr. Buzzanell: Patrice M. Buzzanell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. A Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), she has served as President of ICA, the Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She became a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2017. Her research focuses on career, work-life policy, resilience, gender, and engineering design in micro-macro contexts. She has published: 4 edited books; over 200 journal articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries; and numerous engineering education and other proceedings. Her NSF grants focus on engineering ethics scales and processes as well as design thinking for the professional formation of engineers. Among her awards and honors, she recently received ICA’s B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award and the Provost Outstanding Mentor Award at Purdue University, where she was University Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. She is an Endowed Visiting Professor for the School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University.