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UC Davis Medical Staff Well-Being Committee

UC Davis Medical Staff Well-Being Committee


The purpose of the UC Davis Medical Center Medical Staff Well-Being Committee is to support the health and wellness of our Medical Staff members, and in so doing, protect patient welfare, improve patient care, and improve Medical Staff functioning.  The Committee works to achieve this purpose through prevention of, and intervention in, alcohol-related, drug-related, and behavioral problems affecting members of the Medical Staff.  The committee also supports Medical Staff members who are involved  with the Medical Board regarding impairment issues.

  • The Medical Staff Well-Being Committee has developed a supportive, non-punitive process for identifying, referring for treatment, and monitoring Medical Staff members who may be suffering from impairment resulting from drug or alcohol use or other disabling psychiatric or physical conditions that pose a threat to acceptable professional functioning and patient care.
  • The process is designed to provide assistance and rehabilitation rather than discipline to aid Medical Staff members in retaining acceptable professional functioning consistent with quality of care.  Studies have shown that our process has a higher than 90% five year success rate.
  • The process is confidential.  All consultations and discussions are held in private locations, and documentation and records are handled confidentially.


  • The Committee's work is based upon a genuine concern for, and desire to, assist in the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the Medical Staff.   Help is offered in the form of a confidential assessment and referral to an appropriate resource.
  • Regardless of how an individual is brought to the attention of the Well-Being Committee, the Committee is committed to support and protect the confidentiality of the individual involved.

Review Process

When a member of the Medical Staff is suspected of impairment, or self reports, a confidential process will occur that will attempt to validate whether the Medical Staff member has an impairment problem and refer them to the Medical Staff Well-Being Committee for the assistance they need.

This program's success depends on cooperation between the individual being assisted and the Committee.  In all instances, the Committee's goal is to support the individual in his/her recovery.  Only by doing so effectively and confidentially will the Committee accomplish its dual purpose of aiding practitioner well-being and improving patient care and Medical Staff functioning at UC Davis Medical Center.

Confidentiality will be maintained in all discussions and with all documentation and records regarding impaired Medical Staff members.  

A monitoring agreement will be drafted to address the individual circumstances and needs if required.

Getting Help

Call or page the committee chair or any committee member at any time to initiate the process or provide advice, recommendations, and assistance to individual physicians and to groups or committees who request assistance or recommendations.

How do I refer myself?

  • Call or page the chair or any committee member at any time to initiate the process.
    We have not provided the pager numbers of committee members on this public website, but committee members can be reached on an emergency basis through the hospital operator, (916)734-2011.
  • First and foremost, this is a confidential process and getting the proper help is the primary concern.

How do I refer someone?

  • Call or page the chair or any member of the Well-Being Committee to discuss the referral.
  • Any staff member (Medical Staff, resident, fellow, nurse, other staff) may refer.
  • Referral to the Well-Being Committee benefits the UC Davis Medical Center community.
  • Documentation of the event that triggers the referral is important.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your name will remain anonymous in any committee discussions.

Resources for treatment 


Peter Yellowlees, M.D., Chair
(E-mail contact available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Emilie Bhe, M.D.

John Carson, M.D.

Michael Caton, M.D.

Celia Chang, M.D.
(916) 734-6280

Jessica Haskins, Psy.D.
(916) 734-2727

Nasim Hedayati, M.D.
(916) 734-2022

Sanjay Jhawar, M.D.
(916) 734-5177

Debra Kahn, M.D.
(916) 734-2972

Robert Kaye, M.D.

Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D.
(916) 734-2727

Daniel Link, M.D.
(916) 703-2108

Margaret Rea, Ph.D.
(916) 734-0676

Andres Sciolla, M.D.
(916) 734-3574

Samir Sheth, M.D.

Amrik Singh, M.D.

Katren Tyler, M.D.
(916) 734-3790

Cheryl Vance, M.D.
(916) 734-3790

Jeffrey Uppington, M.D.
(916) 734-5028
























Wellness Resources

wellness /wel-nis/ n. the state of being healthy in mind, body and spirit
through conditioning one's self with positive daily habits, exercise,
relaxation, stress-control, and good personal and social relationships

Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)
The Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) offers confidential, cost-free assessment, counseling, consultation and referral services to all UC Davis/UC Davis Health System faculty, staff, and their family members. Whether the problem is work-related, personal, career or relationship focused, ASAP can assist you in evaluating and resolving the problem.

Faculty Development and Work-Life Balance
The work-life balance resources include links to a variety of programs, policies and practices that are designed to support the UC Davis Faculty.  These resources are designed to inform and support medical school faculty and residents (at all levels) as they strive to integrate and balance their professional career, self, home, family and community life.

GME Wellness - Services for Residents and Fellows
Office of Graduate Medical Education provides counseling services designed specifically for residents and fellows to receive support in dealing with the unique needs of individuals in residency .  GME counseling services can help identify and resolve problems related to work, personal, career or relationship focused.  Services include individual counseling, couples/family sessions, and sessions with spouse/partners alone.  The services are confidential and at no fee. 

UC Davis Wellness Portal
UC Davis provides referrals, outreach, education and programming that enable staff, faculty and students to meet commitments and pursue interests both in and outside of the university through the integration of four key facets of their lives: self, work, life's important others and community.

APA Psychology Help Center
The Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being.

Physician Well-being: Promotion, Maintenance and Monitoring
Presentation for ED Residents by Dr. Yellowlees (August 2013).

Mental Health Providers
A list of local therapists and Psychiatrists who have volunteered to be listed as eager to provide services to UCDHS medical students, residents, and faculty. For a list of further providers, please contact your insurance company.

Health and Psychological Resources
Additional health and psychological resources available to UCDHS medical students, residents, and faculty.

Physician Burnout Articles / Information
Informational articles and links related to physician burnout and the development of a successful physician wellness program.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Online Course
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs that focus on teaching you to access and cultivate your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

Wellness Survey

Wellness Survey

We realize that trainees and physicians, despite functioning at a high level at school or work, may be dealing with personal and emotional challenges. This program was created to offer confidential support and resources to those in need.


  • Provide confidential, online assessment of stress, depression and other related issues
  • Make personalized referrals to local mental health clinicians and other community resources

The Stress & Depression Screening Questionnaire

All medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty members are encouraged to complete the brief, online questionnaire to find out how stress and depression may be affecting them. After completing the questionnaire, one of our experienced program counselors will send you an assessment with any recommendations for further evaluation or follow-up. Again, this service is completely anonymous and confidential.

Research Project

We hope to learn more about the impact and effectiveness of this clinical program. If you complete the online Wellness Survey and meet with one of our project clinicians for further evaluation and referral, you will be asked to take part in this study. All services provided (evaluation, support, and referral) are still available to each person who visits the clinician even if you choose not to participate in the study. All information used for research purposes will be de-identified. More information about the project will be discussed during the consent stage.

For additional information, please click: Wellness Survey

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or 800-273-TALK