Suicidal Surgeon: 55 Orthopaedic Surgeon Suicides & How To Prevent #56

Since my original keynote 2 years ago: 33 orthopaedic surgeon suicides: How to prevent #34, we’ve lost 22 more orthopaedic surgeon to suicide. On September 10, 2020, at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, I share why each of these 55 doctors died died and how we can prevent future suicides among doctors. Afterwards we had 3.5 hours of Q&A and continued conversation (confidential, not recorded). Need to talk? Contact Dr. Wible here.

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12 comments on “Suicidal Surgeon: 55 Orthopaedic Surgeon Suicides & How To Prevent #56
  1. Nishat Goda says:

    Resigned from job

  2. Courtney markham says:

    Hi I recently wrote a couple articles for Kevin md about physician suicide and some of the comments led me to check out your blog. I am a psychiatrist. You are doing tremendous work. Are you still collecting stories ?

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Yes Courtney, I’ve investigated more than 1500 doctor suicides (and sadly the list is growing amid Covid). Been at it 8 years nonstop. Plus running my clinic and assisting docs on the edge of suicide. Free audiobook here with survival stories may be of interest. Also check out the full-feature documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker on the doctor suicide crisis here:

      • Courtney says:

        How can a family send you their loved ones story ?

        • Pamela Wible MD says:

          Anyone can post directly here or they can contact me via the contact link on this webpage. Confidentially.

      • Kimberly A Lewis says:

        We had a young successful orthopedic doctor commit suicide this month in Wilmington NC! Very sad. He had 5 young kids.

        • Pamela Wible MD says:

          Yes, I heard about him. Please know I’m here if you or anyone need to talk. I host physician support groups on Sundays for doctors who need confidential help and peer-to-peer support. I believe he died November 3.

  3. Courtney mArkham says:

    I saw thee part of first do no harm with sunny who I know from a conference. Thanks for your work. Here is an article I wrote about a colleague of ours who was from my home town. I can put you in contact with his family too.

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Thank you SO Much for writing this. I read it and so on point. Keep speaking up. Keep sharing. I’m here if you need me.

  4. john says:

    22 just from orthopedic surgery in 2 years? I dont even remember it being one of the higher ones.. i always think of anesthesiology but big suprise to know 22 from orthopedic surgery committed suicide in 2years..

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      A few of those 22 may have died prior though were submitted to me in those 2 years. Yes most died within those two years. Our suicide rates are higher than anyone would like to believe. Even me.

  5. Michelle Jane Kurz-Hamling says:

    How many of these doctors participated in military reconstructive surgery? Like they did on Vice President mike Pence one month or two before he along with Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, right after both male VP candidates to Hililary Clinton,and Trump took over for the two females who ran most of the campayne, Sarah Palin, Leslie tipper Gore, how come both chicks replaced that late in the game? Janet cook and Fran Juvenal, Kelly Harris sherry lockman were bragging about kidnapping Palin then in Washington state, they said Diane and denice drug her to death behind Diane’s hunter green truck she sold,Janet m. Cook transported a dead Jim cook in back her white car dumped him in two rivers, story point church ken and Margret know, are they dead to who stole their gold sedan ?see all these deaths need real police and coroners we have handful plenty wannabes don’t want feds here be careful those doctors were probably killed, loose ends? Check their surgical rotations I bet all went on break, miramar Cali? Huh look into it,ya owe them Doctors. Thank you M.J.K.H.21′

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