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Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE is an internationally renowned psychiatrist, consultant, certified coach, author and speaker.  Focused on Physician Health and Well-being since 1990, she is a pioneer in this field and is known as the “The Doctor’s Doctor”.  In the past 2 decades, she has expanded her work to include Physician Leadership Development to better address system-level factors that impact physician wellness. She has created podcasts and videos on Physician Health and Physician leadership, and authored articles, book chapters, and 2 international best-selling books. She brings this knowledge and expertise to PEAK MD, through which she delivers keynote presentations and leadership education, consults to healthcare organizations and coaches senior physician leaders internationally.  She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work in physician health, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.


Dr. Mamta Gautam is authored and contributed to a number of scientific articles. Click the drop downs to learn more.


Rebecca Robillard, Mysa Saad, Jodi D. Edwards, Elizaveta Solomonova, Marie-Helene Pennestri, Alexander Daros, Samuel Paul Louis Veissiere, Lena Quilty, Karianne Dion, Ashley Nixon, Jennifer L Phillips, Raj Bhatla, Edward Spilg, Roger Godbout, Bashour Yazji, Cynda Hylton Rushton, Wendy Gifford, Mamta Gautam, Addo Boafo, Tetyana Kendzerska.  Social, Financial and Psychological Stress during an Emerging Pandemic: Observations from a Population Web-Based Survey in the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. doi: Pre-Print available at

Singh, M; Sharda, S; Gautam, M; Hawa R. (2020). Optimal Sleep Health amongst Frontline Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Can J Anaesth. 2020 May 18 : 1–4.

Rider EA, Diekman S, Doshi TL, Gautam M, Silver JK. Answering the challenge: diversity, equity, and inclusion as a key to professionalism. Am J Med. 2020 April 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Perceived Stigma among Recipients of Mental Health Care in the General Canadian Population. Patten, SB, Williams, JV, Lavorato, DH, Bulloch AGM, Charbonneau, M, Gautam, M, Moss P, Abbey S, Stuart, H. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2016 Aug;61(8):480-8. doi: 10.1177/0706743716639928. Epub 2016 Mar 18.  Accessed at

The look and feel of resilience: A qualitative study of physicians’ perspectives. Polachek AJ, Wallace JE, Gautam M, de Grood JA, Lemaire JB. Journal of Hospital Administration, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 2016. p 47-54.  Accessed at 

Medical Masters: A pilot study of adaptive ageing in physicians. Peisah C, Gautam M., Goldstein MZ. Australasian Journal on Ageing. Vol 28, Issue 3. September 2009. P 134-138. Accessed at

Helping physicians cope with their own chronic illnesses. M Gautam, R MacDonald – Western Journal of Medicine, 2001. Accessed at

Women in Medicine: Stresses and Solutions. Gautam, M. Western Journal of Medicine, January 2001. Accessed at

 Shouldn’t I be Happy?  Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Postpartum Women.  Gautam, M. CMAJ.  1997 Feb; 156(4): 564.

The Contribution of Private Psychiatrists to the Delivery of Psychiatric Care. Anderson K, Catterson A, Gaudet M, Gautam M, Kerr PJ, Pecher M, Waiser D, Fava M. Psychiatry on Line WWW:// Oct 1996.

 The Role of Private Psychiatrists in a Single-Payer Health Care System. Anderson K, Catterson A, Gaudet M, Gautam M. Kerr PJ, Pecher M, Waiser D, Fava M. Can Psychiatr Assoc J, April 1997.


Anger in the Time of COVID. Gautam, M. COVID Bulletin #10, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders.  April 2020.

Top Up Your Tank. Gautam, M. COVID Bulletin #5, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders.  April 2020.

Leadership agility in chaotic systems.  VanAerde J, Gautam, M. COVID Bulletin #2, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. March 2020. 

Ensuring Our Own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis. Gautam, M.  COVID Bulletin #1, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. March 2020.

Improving the mental health of physicians in Canada. Gautam M.  Alberta Doctors’ Digest. November-December 2018. Accessed at 

Confidence: a key ingredient in leadership success.  Gautam M et al. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership.  Volume  5 No 1, 2018. P 5-8.  Accessed at

Turning burnout into joy. Gautam M. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership, Spring 2018, Vol 4 No 3, p 70-73.  Accessed at

Balancing Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Care. Gautam M. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership, Winter 2016, Vol 2, No 3. p 74-76.  Accessed at

Physician communication as a key factor in patient experience. Gautam M.  Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. Summer 2015. Vol 2, No 1. p 11-13.  

Dealing with Anger: the Four A’s. . Gautam M. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. Spring 2015.Vol 1 No 4, p 10-13.  

The 5 C’s of Physician Resilience. Gautam M. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. Winter 2015.p 24-27.  Accessed at

Hospitals must do more to help late-career docs transition to retirement. Carruthers C, Gautam M. Healthy debate.  March 2, 2015. Accessed at

Career transition: planning for your third act. Gautam, M and Carruthers, C. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. Fall 2014. P 14-17.  Accessed at 

More women leaders needed in medicine. Gautam M. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership. Summer 2014. P 16-18.

Physician Morale and the Medical Workplace: A Canadian Perspective. Gautam, M, Watkins, T. Paper for the International Medical Workforce Collaborative Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept 16-20, 2008. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2008. Accessed at

The Benefits of Friendships:  Would your friends pass the friendship test? Gautam M. BottomLine Heath, February 2007. p 14.

Strategies for Dealing With Stress. Gautam M. DocToc, Academy of Medicine Ottawa, Winter 2007.

Erasing the Stigma Attached to Sick Doctors. Gautam, M. Royal College Outlook, Volume 3, Issue 2, Fall 2006

Let’s Talk about Doctors’ Health and Reduce Stigma. Gautam, M. Guest Editorial, March 2006.

When You’re The Patient: Coping With Stress and Burnout. Gautam M.  Canadian Journal of Diagnosis. January 2004.

Before Burnout: How Physicians Can Defuse Stress. M Gautam – Virtual Mentor, September 2003 – Am Med Assoc. Accessed at

Stress in residency: Diagnosis and Management. CD-ROM, PAIRO, September 2003

 Path To Renewal: Prescription for living a life of balance. Gautam M. CPSO Members Dialogue, July/August 2003

Successful Psychiatric Practice:  Everything you need to know to have one. Gautam M. Ontario Psychiatric Association Dialogue, March 2003. 

Physician Stress.  Video, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon, USA. 1999.


Dr. Mamta Gautam is a published author, having written two books of her own and contributed to several others. Click the drop downs to learn more.


The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy Life in Medicine, 2011 

Iron Doc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians, 2008, 2011


Female Doctors in Canada: Experience and Culture. Ed: Earle Waugh, Shelley Ross, and Shirley Schippe.  Chapter: New Forms of Medicine and Women.  Gautam M, Kernaghan G, Olsen M. University of Toronto Press, 2019. 

Leading From the Front: experiences of Canadian physician leaders. Carruthers, C, Lightfoot, P. Canadian Society of Physician Executives and Canadian Medical Association. 2013. Chapter 4: Raising Awareness of Physician Health. P18-24.


Mamta has published 50+ columns in The Medical Post and other publications. Click the dropdowns to read her columns.


Take a lesson from kids in assertive communication

May 5, 2009

Women MDs are changing medicine’s culture

July 21, 2009

A quick guide to become organized

March 10, 2009

Conferences provide time for learning, connecting, recharging

November 4, 2008

Stress Management for the Fall

September 9, 2008

Let go of the old to embrace the new*

July 8, 2008

Compassion in the workplace improves morale, productivity

May 6, 2008

Stung by the stigma of divorce

January 22, 2008

Don’t treat others as you’d like to be treated

November 27, 2007

What to do when the nest is suddenly empty

November 6, 2007

Tackling workplace bullying

October 16, 2007

Collaborative teams offer chance to improve patient care, workload

May 25, 2007

It’s never too late to learn money management skills

April 24, 2007

Nurture your funny bone for a healthy workplace

March 27, 2007

Looking to retire? Get ready emotionally

February 27, 2007

Resolving to start exercising again? These tips can help

December 5, 2006

Volunteering: You may think it’ll suck, but it won’t

October 24, 2006

Unwell colleagues need understanding, support

September 26, 2006

Keeping the friendship fires burning

August 22, 2006

Being single poses unique challenges for doctors

May 23, 2006

Simple steps can help beat clinic morale

November 22, 2005

Turbulent teen years require understanding

October 25, 2005

Denying illness robs you of help

October 4, 2005

Preparation eases stress of big changes

June 28, 2005

Toot (don’t blow) your own horn

May 31, 2005

Dealing with the demon anger

April 26, 2005

Four simple steps can help resolve unspoken conflicts

March 22, 2005

Assert yourself to enhance success

February 22, 2005

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Medical Professionals

Having spent thirty years treating colleagues in her clinical practice and developing physician leaders, Dr. Gautam is known as the Doctors’ Doctor.  She uniquely and keenly understands physicians. She will help you maximize your leadership potential and build resiliency, so you can effectively manage challenges and become even stronger.


Dr. Gautam brings her expertise in treating physicians to all highly functioning professionals. In 2006, she was invited to work with the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation in Australia, launching their initiatives to highlight the need to recognize and assist lawyers and judges who struggle with stress, burnout, and depression.  Since this time, she has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and designed and delivered workshops in the areas of professionalism, leadership, mental health and resiliency, for numerous North American law firms and members of the legal profession.  She can help you and your firm learn more about ensuring their wellness and creating healthy workplaces.


Dr. Gautam brings her expertise in leadership and resilience to all highly functioning professionals.  She is on the faculty of several medical executive programs throughout Canada and the US, including executive MBA (Masters of Business Administration), MMM (Masters of Medical Management), and MHA (Masters of Health Administration) programs. Her areas of interest and expertise include topics in  leadership and resiliency, and she offers  in-class education and personalized coaching.

Woman Leaders

Dr. Gautam has thirty years of experience and expertise in working with women professionals, not to mention her own personal experience! She understands that women leaders have unique challenges, unique leadership styles, and unique paths to success.  She has served as the President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, and has been a key member of the Canadian Women in Medicine, Medical Women International Association, Women’s Executive Network, and the Women’s Business Network.  Her work to develop, mentor, support, and sponsor women leaders has been recognized by awards from the Women’s Executive Network, the Women’s Business Network and the Canadian Medical Association. She has designed and developed, and serves as the Medical Director of the highly rated 6-day Momentum: A leadership retreat for women in medicine. In 2019, she founded the non-profit network, the Canadian Think Tank for Women in Medicine, to promote women leaders in medicine.  She has successfully worked with women professionals in other professions, including allied health professions, law and business, to develop and optimize leadership skills.

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