Physician burnout destroys – careers, dreams, ambitions, and hope. Innovative solutions can restore resilience and build healthier work environments.

Physician burnout is a public health emergency.

Today, at least 44% of physicians have professional burnout, which results in turnover, medical errors, reduced patient satisfaction, and adverse effects on the performance of health care organizations. It also results in tragic personal losses for physicians and their families, including leaving medical practice, or experiencing depression, substance misuse, suicide ideation, and even death by suicide.

But there is hope. As a professional coach, I help individuals recognize their options and attain better work-life balance. As a burnout consultant, I guide health care organizations to develop strategies and innovations that fix broken processes, create a healthier culture, and build work environments where physicians can thrive and do their best work.

Diane W. Shanon – Short Bio

Hi, I’m Diane.

As a former primary care physician, I know personally the challenges and realities of working in the health care system. And as an award-winning health care writer, I have an in-depth understanding of the issues that frustrate doctors and others on the care team. Today, as a certified professional coach I work with physicians to rediscover their WHY, improve work-life balance, and accomplish their personal and professional goals. I also work with health care organizations to develop effective strategies for reducing the stressors and chaos that drive physician burnout.

If you’d like to learn more about my story and why I’m so passionate about addressing physician burnout, please visit the My Story page.

I’d love to chat to see if I can help you. Contact me to set up a conversation.

“Diane has an impressive ability to reflect on both spoken and unspoken content, challenging me to be honest about my own experience so that I can move towards desired changes and growth. She is highly professional, truly personable, and coaches from a whole-person perspective to maximize potential, without buying into presumed limits. I am so fortunate to work with her as I explore the next evolution of my career.”

– Tina R., Medical School Psychology Professor


Burnout is complex. It reflects underlying drivers on the individual, practice, and organizational levels. I address physician burnout on all three. Here are a few ways to work with me.

Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, ACC

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