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The Colleague: Mark Greenawald, MD

Updated: Feb 5

Mark Greenawald, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) and presently serves as the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Well-being and Professional Development and as residency program faculty for the Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director for the Carilion Clinic Institute for Leadership Effectiveness (ILE). He is a former President of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and in 2016 was named the Virginia Family Physician of the Year.


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Mark has served as the conference Chair for the 2018-2022 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Physician Health and Well-Being Conference and will serve in this role again for 2023. In addition, he is 1 of 8 national faculty for the AAFP Leading Physician Well-being leadership development program, which is now starting its second year. He also serves as the Director for the AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Development Program. More recently, Mark is serving as the Co-chair for both the newly formed Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Well-being Committee, the newly formed Virginia Task Force on Primary Care Clinician Retention and Well-being Sub-Committee and as an advisor for the AMA Practice Transformation process.


In 2019, Mark launched the nationally acclaimed PeerRxMed program (www.PeerRxMed.org) which is intended to help healthcare professionals provide proactive support for each other on their professional journey away from distress and toward thriving.


Dr. Greenawald’ Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Learn to ask for help, and when help is offered, find a way to accept it.

Number 2: No one is watching out for your wellbeing more than you are.

Number 3: Have at least one mentor throughout your career, and look for opportunities to mentor others.

Number 4: Take a practice that teaches present moment awareness.

Number 5: Set your intentions, so you live your life by design, not by default.

Number 6: Look for opportunities to grow and change.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Greenawald’s interview:

I was in awe of those poeple who took time off from school.
There is a teacher gene in me.
We can all be part of something bigger than ourselves.
The things we carry around in healthcare are heavy, long lasting, and open wounds.

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