Sanjay Saint and Vineet Chopra

March 18, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor

Dr. Sanjay Saint
Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
George Dock Professor, Michigan Medicine
Dr. Vineet Chopra
Division Chief of Hospital Medicine
University of Michigan

About the talk

At some point in our careers, each of us will struggle with balancing competing demands on our time. Work life can be hectic in any organization, resulting in burnout, errors, stunted creativity, and poor performance. Incorporating mindfulness into our work lives might be one way to help restore equilibrium.

In this lively and engaging talk, Saint and Chopra will share research on how practices of mindfulness can be established within the oceans of chaos to fuel “heartfulness,” restoring kindness and compassion. Mindfulness-based interventions engender attitudes of curiosity and connection that allow us to listen attentively, recognize errors, refine skills, and focus on mission—ultimately leading to better performance. Saint and Chopra will offer various strategies and approaches—so-called “intersectional innovations” (or aha moments)—that can be used to improve personal and organizational performance.

Want to learn more, read these Harvard Business Review articles written by Saint and Chopra:

About Saint

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He has authored approximately 340 peer-reviewed papers with over 110 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of 7 peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and gave a 2016 TEDx talk on culture change in healthcare that has over 1 million views. He has co-authored two books published by Oxford University Press: Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions and Teaching Inpatient Medicine: What Every Physician Needs to Know. In 2017, he was awarded the HSR&D Health System Impact Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research. In 2016, he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Master of Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a visiting professor at over 100 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.

About Chopra

Dr. Vineet Chopra is Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Research Scientist at Michigan Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Health System.

A career hospitalist, Chopra’s research is dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His work focuses on identifying and preventing complications such as infection and thrombosis associated with central venous catheters, with a particular emphasis on peripherally inserted central catheters. Chopra is funded by a Career Development Award from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also received grant support from the National Institute of Aging, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association.

Chopra is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2016 Kaiser Permanente Award for Teaching (Clinical), the Jerome W. Conn Award for Outstanding Research in the Department of Medicine at Michigan, the 2016 Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, the 2014 McDevitt Award for Research Excellence, and the 2014 Society of Hospital Medicine Young Investigator Award. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and serves as Associate Editor at the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Chopra is also Feature Editor for Annals for Hospitalists, a new addition to Annals of Internal Medicine.


Wayne Baker, Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations; Robert P. Thome Professor of Business; Professor of Management and Organizations; Professor of Sociology


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Organizational Learning, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ’87) Drews, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2018-19 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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