Prasanna is a SurgeonMasters Certified Coach and the Stroke Fellowship Program Director at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. In addition to that role, he also serves as the Director of Wellness for Graduate Medical Education and Neurology Residency Associate Program Director.
He completed his certified professional coach (CPC) training through SurgeonMasters and focuses on addressing physician burnout through evidence-based interventional programs. In March 2019, Prasanna was accepted for AAN’s prestigious “Live well Lead well program” that recognizes 16 (out of 34,000 total) neurologists selected for their prior history of contribution and accomplishment in Physician Wellness advocacy, study, and development.
After becoming a member of this program, Prasanna pursued his mission in addressing and reducing burnout with a pilot program called CHEER. This research project was selected for an ACGME Back to Bedside grant, a resident-led initiative to empower medical residents and fellows to create innovative strategies for increasing time with patients, and improving physician and patient well-being. This model includes direction based on first-hand research that objectively identified the priorities that steer physicians towards improved wellness (such as clarity of purpose, achieving health and fitness goals, igniting passion in relationships, more effective leadership, and/or preparing and implementing changes).
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prasanna was invited to join Nebraska state Physician Wellness Steering Committee to develop a professional coaching program for physicians. He was instrumental in developing the program and provided coaching sessions to physicians during COVID-19 pandemic through the Nebraska Medical Association. He currently works with various national organizations such as AAN, AAMC regarding physician wellness and decreasing burnout.
More From Prasanna:
Patel, Urvish K., et al. “Recommended Strategies for Physician Burnout, a Well-Recognized Escalating Global Crisis among Neurologists.” Journal of Clinical Neurology, vol. 16, no. 2, 2020, p. 191, 10.3988/jcn.2020.16.2.191. Accessed 16 May 2020.