AOA Leadership Institute

Six Actions to Flourish: Co-Creating Work to Address Burnout in Surgeons

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Facilitator: Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM


The workshop will be a balance of lectures combined with small group and case-based exercises. 

Upon completion, participant will be able to:

  • Co-create ideal work.
  • Formulate plan to implement Six Actions that nurture professional fulfillment.
  • Explain the human and organizational costs of disengagement and burnout.
  • Define Five Leadership Behaviors that raise engagement and reduce burnout.
  • Summarize key system changes that increase positivity or reduce negativity to cultivate ideal work.


About Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM

Dr. Swensen, dedicated to the support of thoughtful leaders who aspire to nurture fulfillment of their staff, is a recognized expert and speaker in the disciplines of leadership and burnout. His work and research show that it is possible to cultivate camaraderie, agency and coherence for high value results.

For three decades he served patients at the Mayo Clinic. As Director for Leadership and Organization Development, he co-led the Professional Burnout Initiative and oversaw the development of 4,100 physicians and 232 key leaders. As Chief Quality Officer, he established the Quality Academy wherein 37,000 colleagues were certified as Fellows during his tenure. As Department Chair, he and his team used their Value Creation System to improve the welfare of both patients and professionals.
Dr. Swensen serves as Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where his focus is joy in work. He works as the Leadership Theme Leader for NEJM Catalyst.

A full professor, he was Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health grants and has authored three books and 207 articles. He was honored with the Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award, served as the president of two international societies and founded the Big Sky Group. He holds a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Swensen has been married for 42 years, has two children and has run or cross-country skied 39 marathons.