September 17th is Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Join me in honoring 93 doctors we lost to suicide.

View the Wall of Remembrance (above) at the end of the newly released award-winning documentary, Do No Harm: Exposing the Hippocratic Hoax, a film that exposes our doctor suicide  crisis and honors nearly 100 doctors who have died by suicide. Join me today in remembering them. View full-feature film by Emmy-winning filmmaker now on Amazon Prime.

Greg Hamlin Miday, M.D., Internist

Kevin Thomas Dietl, D.O., Degree Awarded Posthumously

Kaitlyn Nicole Elkins, Medical Student

Sean Michael Petro, Medical Student

Emily Ariel Bamberger, M.D.,Ph.D. Candidate

Jacob “Dr. J” Neufeld, M.D., M.P.H, Pediatric Physiatrist

John Chuan Loh, Medical Student

Gabriel Goodwin, M.D., Anesthesiologist

Evan Astin, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident

Gregory Andrew Collins, M.D., Family Physician

Lara Barnett, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident

Charles Christopher Martin, M.D., Family Medicine Resident

Carrie Ann Largent, Medical Student

William Samuel Brown, M.D., Radiologist

Robert Karoly Chu, M.D., M.P.H., Aspiring Radiologist

Jeremy Egnatios, Medical Student

Steven G. Ortiz, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon

Alan R. Rowlan, M.D., Surgeon

Kim Marie Walsh, M.D., M.P.H., Family Physician

Ross Alan Gallo, M.D., Psychiatrist

Abdurrahman Unal, M.D., Radiation Oncologist

Alain Bolduc, M.D., Dermatologist

Alex Djuricich, M.D., Internist and Pediatrician

Amanda Liu, D.O., Radiology Resident

Andrew Bryant, M.B.B.S., Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Benjamin Shaffer, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon

Boyd Dan Batla, Medical Student

Bryan Whitemarsh, M.D., Family Physician

Captain Michael McCaddon, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology Resident

Carol D. Lee, M.D., Emergency Physician

Chloe Eliza Abbott, M.B.B.S., Medical Registrar

Christine E. Petrich, M.D., Psychiatrist

Christopher Dawson, M.D., Surgeon

Corbin Shawn, M.D., M.S., Pathology Resident

Daniel Gunther, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinologist

David Gersztenkorn, M.D., Ophthalmology Resident

David Scott Brooks, M.D., Family Physician

Deelshad Joomun, M.D., Interventional Nephrologist

Douglas F. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H., Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Eric S. Steichen, Medical Student

Greg Feldman, M.D., Vascular Surgeon

Hans Christopher Machula, M.D., Degree Awarded Posthumously

Jack Andrew Singer, M.D., Ophthalmologist

James C. Kelly, D.O., Family Physician

James K. Bauman, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist

James Ray Anderson, D.O., General Practitioner

James Wilson Dow, M.D., Cardiologist

Janet Y. Christophel, M.D., Anesthesiology Resident

Jeffrey Knobloch, D.O., Family Physician

John D. Wilson, Sr., M.D., Family Physician

John Franklin Dorsey, Medical Student

John Mark Baar, M.D., Psychiatrist

John Mark Madsen, Medical Student

John McNaugher Stang, M.D., Cardiologist

Jon Azkue, M.D., Internist

Jonathan J. Drummond-Webb, M.D., Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon

Jonathan W. R. Davies, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Kelly Werlinger, M.D., Aspiring Dermatologist

Kurt A. Swanson, M.D., Anesthesiologist

Lee Ray Winkler, D.O., Obstetrics/Gynecology Resident

Leslie Gale Bluman, Medical Student

Marc E. Wise, M.D., J.D., Anesthesiology Resident

Mark A. Gonsky, D.O., General Practitioner

Mark William Sebastian, M.D., Vascular Surgeon

Matt Wittman, Medical Student

Matthew Carl Bishop, M.D., M.B.A., Emergency Physician

Mitchell D. Hardison, M.D., Internist

Myles K. Gaupp, Jr., M.D., Family Physician

Natalie Carol Sieb, D.O., Family Physician

Nehal A. Shah, M.D., Aspiring Family Physician

Neil Grover, Medical Student

Noah Chase Beadell, M.D., Neurologist

Paki Myers, M.D., Emergency Physician

Patrick Glenn Daus, D.O., Emergency Physician

Ramsey Oliver Coles, Medical Student

Richard Irwin Caesar, M.D., Addiction Specialist and Emergency Physician

Richard “Pete” Dickson, M.D., Family Physician

Rita E. Leighton, M.D., Anesthesiologist

Rita Kay Payne, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Robert E. Elliott, M.D., Radiologist

Robert Shaw Bowling, Jr., M.D., Family Physician

Robert Wolyn, M.D., Cardiologist

Ronald Chance Brown, M.D., Internist

Roseanna Polge, B.M.B.S., Medical Intern

Russel J. Vancoevering, II, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Scot Pencil, M.D., Ph.D., Pathologist

Shawn C. Kelley, M.D., Internist

Stephen P. Kelleher, M.D., Nephrologist

Steven L. Anthony, D.O., Otolaryngologist

Ted Eastburn, M.D., Cardiologist

Varun Babu, M.D., Cardiology Resident

Wayne Allen Hendrix, M.D., Anesthesiology Resident

Wayne M. Gunckle, D.O., Orthopaedic Surgeon

                            . . . and the thousands of unnamed doctors . . .

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9 comments on “September 17th is Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Join me in honoring 93 doctors we lost to suicide.
  1. Heather Hamood says:

    All of these people on this wall should be here now. It is so sad and disheartening they’re not.
    God Bless them and their families. They were probably abused in the workplace, which possibly led to their suicide. Abuse in the workplace especially for Physicians and medical students needs to stop. Laws need to be passed in all 50 states to prevent abuse and bullying in the workplace. People don’t realized how much doctors are abused. As a victim of it myself, it is not okay and should be brought to light more. The more one can shine a light on this, the better. Dr. Pamela Wible, MD is a true hero for bringing these issues to light.

  2. ego_MD says:

    Lit a candle for my friend and lost colleague. RIP, JR.

  3. Sue says:

    I had no idea that suicides among doctors were so prevalent. All those people were geniuses who had worked so hard to get through school (i saw some medical students in the list) to be so disillusioned with their life’s work that they just couldn’t face life anymore. I bet many felt they couldn’t get help and couldn’t take anti-depression drugs because they feared it would become public knowledge. We gotta get rid of the stigma related to psychological problems.

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Absolutely. We are human and need to have emotional support in this challenging career! We witness far too much suffering & death. Need on-the-job confidential & non-punitive mental health care. See this: Physician-Friendly States for Mental Health: A Review of Medical Boards

      Medical boards do undermine physician mental health by breaching physician confidentiality and privacy. Discrimination against qualified, competent applicants who report mental health conditions is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In their search for criminal behavior among physicians, medical boards must not become criminal in their own behavior. By breaking federal law and the AMA Code of Ethics, boards have weaponized mental health diagnoses against physicians. Recommendations for all state boards:

      1) Remove mental health questions from medical licensing applications. Replace with current impairment questions such as: “Do you currently have a condition that impairs your ability to practice medicine safely?” Comply with federal law by following best practices of Grade A states. Move criminal/predatory behavior queries to the criminal section alongside felonies and DUIs.

      2) Address impairment from hazardous working conditions. Rather than focus on individual victims, engage in high-yield activities that resolve hazardous conditions impairing physicians en masse. To truly protect patients, align with all other industries invested in public safety that have legislated (and enforced) maximum 16-hour shifts, 60-hour work weeks, with minimum 30-minute breaks every 8 hours.

      3) Encourage nonpunitive 100% confidential mental health care. Physicians require safe, accessible mental health care to be well-adjusted human beings. Most physicians enter medicine as humanitarians with noble intentions. Help them be well. After all, how can physicians give patients the care they’ve never received?

      “Physicians are treated as criminals and tracked more closely than Level III sex offenders,” reports a general surgeon. “Answering all these questions on applications, the subtle, unspoken lesson is ‘you had better be squeaky clean, mentally, morally and physically! If you step off the shining path, bad things will occur.’ I have known 7 male physicians who died by suicide. Most with a ‘happy’ exterior. Why? They cannot confide in colleagues for fear that their colleagues will turn them in to hospitals and boards—and there goes their privileges and livelihood. They cannot confide in their spouses because during rough patches mentally, their marriages are already in trouble. If they share psychological problems, they probably fear that the wife may use this as ammunition in any future divorce. So they keep on smiling—right up to the hour they die.”

      Even until their last breath, physicians retain their work ethic. Some doctors are completing chart notes, returning lab results, and checking in on hospitalized patients in the hours before their suicides.(5)

      By injuring physicians, we aren’t protecting the public.

      Let’s end the physician mental health witch hunt.

  4. JOSE MIGUEL SALMERON, PSYCHIATRIST AND UNIVESITY PROFESSOR. says:

    EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM SUCCUMBED DUE TO 100% PREVENTABLE CAUSE.

    FIGHT STIGMA, END THE SILENCE, CONQUER OLD COLLEAGUES TO MAKE A CHANGE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION CULTURE.

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Here’s what we can do now to prevent more deaths: REMOVE the stigma from med board applications that violate the rights of physicians to seek confidential non-punitive mental health care. See: Physician-Friendly States for Mental Health: A Review of Medical Boards

      CONCLUSION
      Medical boards do undermine physician mental health by breaching physician confidentiality and privacy. Discrimination against qualified, competent applicants who report mental health conditions is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In their search for criminal behavior among physicians, medical boards must not become criminal in their own behavior. By breaking federal law and the AMA Code of Ethics, boards have weaponized mental health diagnoses against physicians. Recommendations for all state boards:

      1) Remove mental health questions from medical licensing applications. Replace with current impairment questions such as: “Do you currently have a condition that impairs your ability to practice medicine safely?” Comply with federal law by following best practices of Grade A states. Move criminal/predatory behavior queries to the criminal section alongside felonies and DUIs.

      2) Address impairment from hazardous working conditions. Rather than focus on individual victims, engage in high-yield activities that resolve hazardous conditions impairing physicians en masse. To truly protect patients, align with all other industries invested in public safety that have legislated (and enforced) maximum 16-hour shifts, 60-hour work weeks, with minimum 30-minute breaks every 8 hours.

      3) Encourage nonpunitive 100% confidential mental health care. Physicians require safe, accessible mental health care to be well-adjusted human beings. Most physicians enter medicine as humanitarians with noble intentions. Help them be well. After all, how can physicians give patients the care they’ve never received?

      “Physicians are treated as criminals and tracked more closely than Level III sex offenders,” reports a general surgeon. “Answering all these questions on applications, the subtle, unspoken lesson is ‘you had better be squeaky clean, mentally, morally and physically! If you step off the shining path, bad things will occur.’ I have known 7 male physicians who died by suicide. Most with a ‘happy’ exterior. Why? They cannot confide in colleagues for fear that their colleagues will turn them in to hospitals and boards—and there goes their privileges and livelihood. They cannot confide in their spouses because during rough patches mentally, their marriages are already in trouble. If they share psychological problems, they probably fear that the wife may use this as ammunition in any future divorce. So they keep on smiling—right up to the hour they die.”

      Even until their last breath, physicians retain their work ethic. Some doctors are completing chart notes, returning lab results, and checking in on hospitalized patients in the hours before their suicides.(5)

      By injuring physicians, we aren’t protecting the public.

      Let’s end the physician mental health witch hunt.

  5. Alysia says:

    I never realized how abusive my previous work place was until I moved to somewhere that wasn’t.

  6. Shaun says:

    So very glad to see this issue being brought to the public attention. That’s the only way medical boards are going to be pressured to make the changes to reduce the stigma and remove barriers to obtaining lifesaving care.
    I would like to respectfully note that the same issues affect physician assistant colleagues (and possibly nurse practitioners as well). They are subject to the same medical board restrictions. While the years of training and debt are not as much as for physicians, they are not negligible. the sense of personal responsibility, the dedication and long hours, the stressful environments and working conditions, and the stigma and isolation are shared. There is less research on the problem than even for physicians.
    I personally have known physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses and medics who have died of suicide. How can there be so little help and recognition for those who live to help others?
    Thank you for posting this.

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Yes, I have a registry with 1,500+ names (and also separate ones for other health professionals). There are so many. Yet none seem to be able to have a guarantee of non-punitive confidential mental health care despite the occupationally-induced mental health impacts. Sad. Punishing those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.

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