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Wayne Sotile, PhD

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Wayne M. Sotile, PhD, is the founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience in Davidson, North Carolina. As an international thought leader on physician behavior and resilience for high performers, he consults widely with medical group practices, healthcare systems and corporations interested in learning evidence-based strategies for deepening resilience, collaboration and collegiality and promoting team engagement while coping with change. He has authored or coauthored nine books, and he has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature.

Professional Experience

Prior to founding the Sotile Center for Resilience, Dr. Sotile was in clinical practice in Winston-Salem, NC, for 30 years. He and his team have counseled over 40,000 high-powered professionals, including more than 10,000 physicians and medical families. In addition to his speaking and consulting work, Dr. Sotile, a former faculty member of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, also serves as a special consultant in physician leadership development for Carolinas HealthCare System and as clinical assistant professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics.

Industry Speaking Engagements

  • Large Urology Group Practice Association
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Urologists
  • American Medical Association Leadership Institute
  • American Anesthesiology Association
  • American Medical Association Alliance
  • American College of Surgeons
  • International Conference on Physician Resilience
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Carolina
  • Medical Psychology Internship, Duke University Medical Center
  • Licensed Practicing Psychologist, N.C. #776
  • Fellow, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Professional Associations

  • 2013-Present—Founder, Center for Physician Resilience and Sotile Center for Resilience, Davidson, North Carolina
  • 1978-Present—Founder, Sotile Psychological Associates, PLL, and Real Talk, Inc.
  • 2004-Present—Special Consultant in Behavioral Health, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2003-Present—Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1979-2005—Director of Psychological Services, Wake Forest University Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1978-1979—Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Publications/Speaking Engagements Books

  • Simonds G and Sotile WM. The Thriving Doctor: A Guide to Combating Burnout in Residency and Throughout a Medical Career. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • Simonds G and Sotile WM. Building Resilience in Neurosurgery Residents: A Primer. Roanoke, VA: B. Wright Publishers, 2015
  • Sotile WM and Sotile MO. Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back! Maximize Your Happiness in Work, Love, and Life. New York: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang. 2007.
  • Sotile WM. (with R. Cantor-Cook). Thriving With Heart Disease. Revised Edition. New York: The Free Press, 2004.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. The Resilient Physician: Effective Emotional Management for Doctors and Medical Organizations. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association Press, 2002.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Supercouple Syndrome: How Overworked Couples Can Beat Stress Together. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998. Released in paperback as Beat Stress Together: The BEST Way to a Passionate Marriage, A Healthy Family, and a Productive Life. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • Sotile WM, Sears SF. You Can Make A Difference: Brief Psychosocial Interventions for ICD Patients and Their Families. Minneapolis: Medtronic, 1999.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. The Medical Marriage: Sustaining Positive Relationships for Physicians and Their Families. Revised Edition. Chicago: American Medical Association Press, 2000.

Selected Journal Articles

  • Dyrbye LN, Sotile W, Boone S, West CP, Tan L, Satele D, Sloan J, Oreskovich M, Shanafelt T. A survey of U.S. physicians and their partners regarding the impact of work-home conflict. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Shanafelt TD, Boone SL, Dyrbye LN, Oreskovich MR, Tan L, West CP Satele DV, Sloan JA, Sotile WM. The medical marriage: A national survey of the spouses/partners of US physicians. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Mar;88(3):216-25. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.11.021. Epub 2013 Feb 27.
  • Shanafelt T, Boone S, Tan L, Dyrbe, L, Sotile W et al. Burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance among U.S. physicians relative to the general U.S. population Arch Intern Med. 2012 Oct 8;172(18):1377-85.
  • Sargent MC, Sotile W, Sotile MO, Rubash H, Barrack RL. Quality of life during orthopaedic training and academic practice: part 2: spouses and significant others. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Oct 3;94(19):e145(1-6).
  • Sargent MC, Sotile WM, Sotile MO, Rubash H, PS, Vezeridis PS, Harmon L,and Barrack
  • RL. Managing stress in the orthopaedic family: avoiding burnout, achieving resilience. J Bone and Joint Surg Am. 2011;93-A, April 20:93:40.
  • Sargent MC, Sotile WM, Sotile MO, Rubash H, Barrack RL. Stress and coping among orthopaedic surgery residents and faculty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surg Am. 2004;86-A(7):1579-1586.
  • Sargent MC, Sotile WM, Sotile MO, Rubash H, Barrack RL. Quality of life during orthopaedic training and academic practice: Part 1. Orthopaedic surgery residents and faculty. J of Bone and Joint Sur Am. 2009;91:2395-405.
  • Barrack, R.L., Miller, L.S., Sotile, W.M., Sotile, M.O., and Rubach, H.E.. Effect of Duty Hour Standards on Burnout among Orthopaedic Surgery Residents. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. March, 2006: 1-4.
  • Chopra SS, Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Physician burnout. JAMA. 2004;291(5):633.
  • Sotile, W.M. Biopsychosocial care of heart patients: Are we practicing what we preach? Families, Systems, & Health. 2005. 23(4):400-403.
  • Sotile W.M., Sotile M.O. Extraordinary physicians: How they talk with their patients. Internal Medicine World Report. February, 2005. p. 45
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Physicians’ wives evaluate their marriages, their husbands, and life in medicine: Results of the AMA-Alliance Medical marriage Survey. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic.2004. 68(1):31-51.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Staying resilient. Resident & Staff Physician. 2004.50(2):24-26.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Beyond physician burnout: keys to effective emotional management. The Journal of Medical Practice Management. 2003;18(6): 314-318.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Conflict Management: Part 1. How to shape positive relationships in medical practices and hospitals. The Physician Executive 1999;25(4):57-61.
  • Sotile WM. Easing HIV provider burnout: An in vivo approach. Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling. 2003 March;18(4):1-5.
  • Sotile W, Sotile M. Medical couples: the most stressed (and surprised) segment of married people. Iowa Med 2001;91(2):16-9.
  • Sears, S.F., Todaro, J.F., Saia, T.L., Urizar, G., Sirois, B., Wallace, R., Sotile, W., & Curtis, A.B., Conti, J.B. (2000). Assessing the psychosocial impact of the ICD: A national survey of implantable cardioverter defibrillator health care providers. PACE- Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 20, 939-945. Sears, S.F., Todaro, J.F., Saia, T.L., Sotile, W., & Conti, J.B. (1999). Examining the psychosocial impact of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: A literature review. Clinical Cardiology, 22, 481-489.
  • Sears, S.F., Eads, A., Marhefka, S., Sirois, B., Urizar, G., Todaro, J.F., Sotile, W., Curtis, A.B., & Conti, J.B. (1999). The U.S. national survey of ICD Recipients: Examining the global and specific aspects of quality of life. European Heart Journal, 20, 232.
  • Eads A, Sears SF, Sotile WM, Conti JB. Supportive communication with implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients: Seven principles to facilitate patient adjustment. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. In press, 1999.
  • Julian, A., Sotile, W., Henry, S. and Sotile, M. The Family Apperception Test. Los Angeles, Calif.: Western Psychological Services, 1990.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Conflict Management: Part 2. How to shape positive relationships in medical practices and hospitals. The Physician Executive 1999;25(5):51-55.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. The key to excellence: Successful executives keep the flame alive at work and home. Journal of Cardiovascular Management 1999;10(1): 10-15.
  • Sotile WM, Miller H. Helping older patients to cope with cardiac and pulmonary disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 1998; 18:124-128.
  • Sotile WM: The intimacy factor in cardiopulmonary illness: A practical model for structuring interventions. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1993;13:237-242.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Effective emotional management: Keys to the balancing act facing contemporary administrators. The Journal of Cardiovascular Management 1996;7(2):18-23.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Effective emotional management: Keys to the balancing act facing contemporary administrators. The Journal of Oncology Management 1996;5(2):19-23.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. The angry physician: The temper-tantruming physician. Physician Executive 1996;22(8): 30-34.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. The angry physician: II. Managing yourself while managing others. Physician Executive 1996; 22(9): 39-42.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Effective emotional management: Keys to the balancing act facing contemporary administrators. Journal of Cardiovascular Management 1996; 7(2):18-23.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Today’s medical marriage: Part 1. JAMA 1997;277(15): 1180c.
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO. Today’s medical marriage: Part1. JAMA 1997;277(16): 1322.
  • Dysfunctions. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 3(1): 21-27, 1977.

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