Dr. Mamta Gautam
MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE
Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE is a psychiatrist in Ottawa; an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry University of Ottawa; and the President and CEO of PEAK MD, a company that focuses on Leadership Resilience, and keeping well professionals well. As a psychiatrist, executive coach, consultant, speaker, author, and leader, she is committed to helping professionals remain healthy, enhance personal resiliency, and improve work performance.
Dr. Gautam is a pioneer, specialist, and champion of physician health and well-being. For over 25 years, she has worked as a psychiatrist treating physicians exclusively in her psychiatrist practice in Ottawa, Canada. She has been hailed as “The Doctors’ Doctor”. She was the founding director of the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine Wellness Program, the first physician wellness program at any academic center. This program served as the template for the Canadian Medical Association’s Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she consulted as an Expert Physician Advisor. She has served as the founding co-chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section on Physician Health. She is the Founding Chair of the International Alliance for Physician Health, realizing her dream of advocating for physician health at a global level. Currently, she serves on the University of Ottawa ePhysician Health Advisory Committee, and the RCPSC Physician Health Working Group. She is leading a new initiative to create a regional physician wellness program, to serve all physicians working in the Champlain LHIN in Ontario. Having helped to expand the network of resources available to physicians in distress, she has turned her attention to primary prevention and Physician Resilience, and helping well physicians remain well. Her resilience framework, The 5 C’s of Resilience, resonates with physicians around the world.
Dr. Gautam is an internationally known expert, and sought-after speaker on topics related to Physician Health, and Physician Leadership. All of her clinical, coaching, educational, research and administrative energy is focused on the promotion of these areas of interest. She has delivered over 1000 invited keynote presentations around the world, created podcasts and videos, and authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on this topic. She wrote regular columns on physician health, Helping Hand, in the Medical Post for seven years, and is now a regular contributor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders journal. Her books, Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians, and The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy Life in Medicine, are both national bestsellers.
Dr. Gautam is a known leader in medicine in Canada. She is a Past-President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, and the Ontario Psychiatric Association, as well as the Ottawa chapter of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. She serves on the Board of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. She is on the faculty of several medical leadership courses, including those at the Canadian Medical Association’s Physician Manager Institute, American Association for Physician Leadership, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, Schulich’s Ontario Medical Association Leadership Program, and the Oregon-based Foundation for Medical Excellence. She has designed a year-long leadership program for Doctors Nova Scotia.
Women in Medicine is an area of specific interest to Dr. Gautam. She has tailored leadership development workshops to meet the unique needs of her women colleagues, and created and co-facilitated Momentum: A Leadership Retreat for Women in Medicine, a highly successful week-long leadership course for women physicians. She has helped to launch mentoring programs for women in numerous medical specialties, and worked to create policies to support and recognize women in the medical workplace.
She has received numerous national and international awards to recognize and honor her pioneering work in physician health.. She was named as the inaugural recipient of the 2011 Canadian Medical Association Misericordia Award. In 2015, the Ontario Medical Association awarded her the Glenn Sawyer Service Award. She has been awarded a Distinguished Fellowship in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations for her innovative work in physician health.