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Mamta Gautam, MD, FRCPC, CPDC

Mamta Gautam, MD, FRCP(C) is a physician and President of PEAK MD. She is a physician executive coach, author and internationally renowned speaker. She is trained in CoActive Coaching from Coaches Training International, and is a certified physician development coach.

Dr. Gautam has a unique and deep understanding and appreciation of physicians. For twenty years, she was a psychiatrist in private practice in Ottawa, and a clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa. She is a pioneering specialist in Physician Health and Well-being, and is hailed as “The Doctor’s Doctor. She is the founding director of the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine Wellness Program. This program served as the template for the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she consults as an Expert Physician Advisor.

She is the Co Chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section on Physician Health. She is a recent past president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association; and the current President of the Ottawa chapter of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. She recently launched the International Alliance for Physician Health, and serves as the Chair of this Alliance.

A pioneer in the field of Physician Health, Dr. Gautam is an internationally known expert, and sought after speaker. All of her clinical, educational, and administrative work is focused on the promotion of Professional Health. Having spent years increasing awareness of physician health issues, treating colleagues, and creating a network of resources for physicians in distress, Dr. Gautam has now turned her focus to coaching physicians to learn proactive strategies to keep them well professionally and personally. Her company, PEAK MD Inc, specializes in working with physician executives who want to develop their Peak Potential as a leader, and in life.

She has created videos, and podcasts; and authored articles and book chapters on this topic. She writes a regular column, Helping Hand, in the Medical Post on Physician Health, as well as Coach’s Corner, in the newsletter of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives. Her book, Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians, was released in October 2004. 

Dr. Gautam is on the faculty of many Medical Leadership Conferences, such as those of the Canadian Medical Association, University of Ottawa, Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, and the Oregon-based Foundation for Medical Excellence. She has received several major awards to recognize and honour her pioneering work in this field, including the 2004 CPSO Council Award, and 2005 University of Ottawa Alumni Award for Community Contributions. She has been awarded a 2007 Fellowship at the Canadian Psychiatric Association; and a 2006 Distinguished Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association for her innovative work in Physician Health. She has been nominated for 2009 awards of excellence by the Women’s Executive Network, and the Indo-Canadian Ottawa Business Chamber. She was a finalist for the 2009 Women’s Business Network Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Professional Experience
  • Executive certified coach – 2009 to present
  • Author, Coach’s Corner, Newsletter for the Canadian Society for Physician Executives, 2009-present
  • Faculty – Telfer Leadership and Executive Programs, University of Ottawa; Canadian Medical Association Physician Manager Institute; Canadian Society of Physician Executives
  • Private Psychiatric Practice, with special expertise in Physician Health. Hailed as "The Doctor’s Doctor": Physicians made up her entire patient population. 1990-2009
  • Author, Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians, 2004
  • Author, Helping Hand, column in Medical Post, on Physician Health issues
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Founding Director, University of Ottawa Faculty Wellness Program. Initiated Physician Appreciation Day in Ottawa.
  • Chair, Expert Advisory Group, CMA Centre for Physician Health & Well-being
  • Co-Chair, CPA Section on Physician Health
  • Member, Program Committee, International Conference on Physician Health, since 1996
  • Faculty, Psychiatric Update for Family Physicians, based in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Faculty, Foundation for Medical Excellence, based in Oregon, U.S.
  • Mentor to medical students, and residents, University of Ottawa
  • President, Ontario Psychiatric Association, 2005.
  • Elected as Council Member, Ontario Psychiatric Association. Created and launched OPA Peer Mentorship Program.
  • Elected to council, Ottawa Academy of Medicine
  • Member at Large, Ottawa Branch Executive, FMWC (Federation of Medical Women of Canada)
  • Internationally known speaker on the topic of Physician Health, and issues specific to Female Physicians, and Physician Spouses. Has given over 1000 presentations and workshops in this area, as well as over 250 keynote presentations and named lectures.
  • Expert Consultant for the television program "Maxed Out", airing on W Network.
Professional Experience
  • Bachelor of Science, Honours Biology, 1980. St. F.X. University, N.S.
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1985. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Received the Hyman Caplan Award and the Pfizer Clinical Prize for the highest standing in Psychiatry.
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination, May 85.
  • Rotating Internship, 1985-86. Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Residency, Dept. of Pediatrics, 1986-87. University of Ottawa.
  • Residency, Dept. of Psychiatry, 1987-90. University of Ottawa.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Completed written examination in Psychiatry September 1989, and oral examination in Psychiatry June 1990.
  • Clinical Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1990. Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.
  • Physician Manager Institute courses, 2002-2010
  • Certification in executive coaching, CTI, 2009