© 2020


  • Eugene Kim
  • Brenessa Lindeman

Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Denny Scaria, Mary L. Brandt, Eugene Kim, Brenessa Lindeman
      Pages 3-10
    3. Mary L. Brandt
      Pages 11-19
  3. Maintaining Wellbeing as a Surgeon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jason C. Pradarelli, Naomi Shimizu, Douglas S. Smink
      Pages 23-30
    3. Arghavan Salles, Jennifer Yu, Carol Bernstein, Charlee Alexander
      Pages 31-38
  4. Individual Factors of Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Carl A. Johnson Jr, Britney L. Corey
      Pages 41-51
    3. Margaret W. Arnold, Sandra R. Dibrito
      Pages 53-61
    4. Paula Marincola Smith, Kyla P. Terhune
      Pages 63-73
    5. Lauren M. Theiss, Daniel I. Chu
      Pages 75-82
  5. External Factors of Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jamie Knell, Erika L. Rangel
      Pages 85-102
    3. Janelle F. Rekman, Adnan Alseidi
      Pages 103-117
    4. Michaela Gaffley, Amy Hildreth
      Pages 119-130
    5. Rebecca F. Brown, Mahesh S. Sharma, Melina R. Kibbe
      Pages 131-144
  6. Improving Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Robyn Richmond, Sharmila Dissanaike
      Pages 147-155
    3. Hilary Sanfey
      Pages 157-171

About this book


This book provides a detailed guide for surgeons and surgical trainees on a variety of facets relevant to wellbeing, and how to maintain wellbeing throughout a career in academic surgery. Individual and external factors relevant to wellbeing are both covered in relation to the surgeon. Aspects covered include healthcare roles, personal factors, socio-cultural factors, the regulatory business, and payer environment. Potential strategies for managing welfare including considerations for both students and residents are provided, as are methodologies for studying aspects of wellbeing.    

Wellbeing offers a practical and personal insight on maintaining wellbeing in academic surgery and is a valuable resource for all practicing and trainee surgeons across a variety of disciplines, as well as those who are interested in studying factors affecting the wellbeing of surgical specialists.


Healthcare role Wellbeing considerations for medical students Regulatory, Business, Payer Environment Burnout Resilience Wellbeing considerations for residents

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Kim
    • 1
  • Brenessa Lindeman
    • 2
  1. 1.USC Keck School of MedicineChildren’s Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Division of Surgical OncologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

About the editors

Eugene Kim, MD, is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Scholar, in the Divisions of Pediatric Surgery and Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Departments of Surgery  and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in general surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City and subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Kim’s clinical and basic expertise is in pediatric surgical oncology.  He has a passion for the education, development, and wellbeing of residents and faculty.  

Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Designated Institutional Official for the Clinical Learning Environment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her undergraduate training summa cum laude at the University of Louisville and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha as the Founder’s Medalist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2009.  She completed residency training in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she served as an Administrative Chief Resident, and completed a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Brenessa earned a Masters of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University and completed Surgical Education Research Fellowships with the Association for Surgical Education and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Lindeman’s research interests are in development and assessment of competency in surgical trainees, resident supervision and autonomy, and evaluation of the learning climate/physician wellbeing as an academic surgeon.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Wellbeing
  • Editors Eugene Kim
    Brenessa Lindeman
  • Series Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • Series Abbreviated Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-29469-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-29470-0
  • Series ISSN 2194-7481
  • Series E-ISSN 2194-749X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 259
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Surgery
    Employee Health and Wellbeing
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“This book appears to be written primarily for researchers in the field. … it is prescient in identifying stressors in the system and ways to manage, including coping mechanisms. This book will be needed even more in the coming years as we emerge from the current pandemic.” (Carol Scott-Conner, Doody’s Book Reviews, May 8, 2020)