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Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP

As the first Chief Wellness Officer for ChristianaCare in Newark, DE, Dr. Farley’s focus is on advancing the professional fulfillment and wellbeing of healthcare workers. She leads advocacy programs and initiatives aimed at optimizing the caregiver experience and fostering WorkLife meaning, connection, and joy.

Dr. Farley completed residency training in emergency medicine in 2005, fellowship training in administration in 2006, and earned her Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2018. She has previously served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at ChristianaCare and was instrumental in establishing the institution’s first freestanding emergency department in 2013, subsequently serving as the medical director for 3 years. In 2014, she developed “Care for the Caregiver” one of the nation’s earliest and largest peer support programs for health care providers.

Dr. Farley is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She has held several leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians on the state and national level. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and has been the principal or co-investigator in over 10 grant-funded studies. She frequently speaks at local, national and international venues with the goal of mutual sharing of best practices and innovations in the field of clinician wellbeing. She continues to oversee a team of dedicated and talented individuals who make the transformational work of ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing possible.

Susan M. Parisi, MD, FACOG

Dr. Susan Parisi is Director of Wellbeing and a practicing physician at Nuvance Health - a newly created heath system that combined Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest Systems and merged seven hospitals and 2,600 doctors to serve an area encompassing 1.5 million residents in Connecticut and New York.

She has worked in New York’s Hudson Valley and Litchfield County Connecticut for over 20 years. Dr. Parisi completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University, medical school at New York Medical College, and OB/GYN residency at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Parisi served on Sharon Hospital’s Advisory Board and was the Director of the Women’s Health Program for Essent Healthcare where she worked to establish a regional birthing center – extending women’s health services to rural, underserved and aging populations.

Before joining Nuvance Health in 2018, she owned and operated, Inspire Integrative Medical Care, PLLC; a private practice specializing in coaching and women’s integrative medicine services. Since joining Nuvance Health, Dr. Parisi extended her commitment to wellness and burnout prevention to healthcare staff and providers. She founded and serves as Chair of the Nuvance Well-Being Committee.

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH

Dr. Ripp is Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Well-Being and Resilience and Chief Wellness Officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine (IM) at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In the role of chief wellness officer, Dr. Ripp oversees efforts to assess and provide direction for system- and individual-level interventions designed to improve well-being for all students, residents, fellows and faculty in the Mount Sinai Health System. He is the former Associate Dean of GME for Trainee Well-Being within the ISMMS Office of Graduate Medical Education’s in which capacity he served to help spread well-being initiatives across the training programs of the Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Ripp also co-founded and is the former Director of the ISMMS Department of Medicine’s Advancing Idealism in Medicine (AIM) Initiative. In the Department of Medicine, Dr. Ripp serves as core faculty for the IM Residency Training Program and faculty in the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors home-based primary care program. In addition, Dr. Ripp is the Co-founder and Co-Director of CHARM, the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine, an international group of medical educators, academic medical center leaders, experts in burnout research and interventions, and learners all working to promote learner and trainee wellness. Recognized for his leadership in this area, Dr. Ripp has been invited to participate in the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Symposia on Physician Well-Being, join the American College of Physician's Promoting Physician Wellness Task Force and participate in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience. Dr. Ripp’s primary research interest is in physician burnout and well-being, for which he has received grant support and has published and lectured widely. His multicenter studies have served to better elucidate the causes and consequences of physician burnout and have explored interventions designed to promote trainee well-being.


Sharon C. Kiely, MD, MPM, FACP

Dr. Sharon Kiely is Chief Wellness Officer of Hartford Healthcare a $4.3B integrated healthcare system in Connecticut with over 30K employees. Kiely is an Internist and practiced medicine for over 23 years. She graduated from Georgetown’s School of Medicine - the first woman in her family to attend college- and completed the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at St Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center of NY in Greenwich Village. She has held many leadership roles in medical education, health policy, quality and safety and care to underserved populations. She was VP, Safety & Quality at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and SVP Medical Affairs & CMO at Stamford Hospital in CT. There she focused on measurably improving patient safety and assuring that the needs of second victims of adverse events are systematically addressed. Nationally, she was a White House Fellow and Baldrige Executive Fellow and served on the UNOS Board and Advisory Boards at NIAID and AHRQ and volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, International. She completed the Stanford Chief Wellness Officer Course in 2019. Dr. Kiely enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family and friends.


The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the US healthcare system which was already experiencing higher levels of personal burnout than the average US worker. Well-being efforts to support the workforce have become a critical countermeasure during the pandemic. Our speakers will share lessons learned and strategies to build teams and well-being in your organization.