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Group Coaching offered through the CFD

Leadership Development Program for Researchers

Next cycle: October 2023 -  June 2024
Click here to apply by September 15th at 6pm

This course aims to prepare investigators for challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining a successful research program. This 9-month long program features both didactic and interactive sessions. Faculty and trainees who complete this career-development course will sharpen their career focus and gain knowledge regarding the strategies that promote success in leading an impactful research program. The intent is to support the career development of MGH researchers.

Lifestyle Group Coaching Workshops for Wellness

Next cycle: TBA

Work together along with facilitator Dr. Beth Frates, lifestyle medicine pioneer and seasoned coach, to identify ways that you can enhance your health and happiness without adding extra time to your schedule. With registration, you’ll receive an e-book of Paving the path to wellness workbook: A guide to thriving with a healthy body, peaceful mind, and joyful heart. This workshop series will have limited spots available.

Facilitator: Elizabeth “Beth” Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM, is the Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness in the MGH Department of Surgery and the Director of Wellness Programming at Spaulding’s Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery. She is a lifestyle medicine coach and President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Frates is the author of Paving the path to wellness workbook: A guide to thriving with a healthy body, peaceful mind, and joyful heart.


Group Coaching: What’s Next? It’s Your Time: Navigate Your Life, for Mature and Savvy Faculty

Next cycle: TBA. Click here for more information

You’ve accomplished a lot. You have built a career. You may have raised a family. You have worked hard. This next chapter is about you and what you want to do. This four session, upbeat, interactive, educational, supportive and evidenced – based course will set the stage for exploration, discovery, and planning. We will learn about healthy aging from the latest research and trends while moving towards the next steps of your life, career, and possible retirement, while learning to navigate your life, adult children– their partners and your grandchildren through a well-being lens. We will incorporate and understand personal values and strengths, self-care, relationships, stress and time management, communication, and techniques for a healthier, happier, and more balanced way of living. There are enormous possibilities for growth and happiness during this time of your life. Join us to develop a plan to navigate life’s currents, flourish as you age, and discover your superpowersIt’s your journey, your health, your wellness, your way.

Facilitator: Elise Tofias Phillips, MEd, is the Founder + CEO of Navigate, Health and Wellness Coaching and Consulting. She has developed an innovative, interactive, and engaging behavior change approach through her consulting and coaching. She has worked in health education, health promotion, health and wellness coaching, and health communications her entire career. She has held positions as the Founding Director of the Office of Health Promotion and the Health Coach Institute at Boston College, the Director of Health Education at Simmons College, Manager of The Be Well! Tanger Center for Health Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and taught in public and independent schools. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach and Intuitive Eating Counselor through WellCoaches and Intuitive Eating Pros. Elise received an MEd from Boston University and BS from Ithaca College.


Group coaching: Re-energize, Reimagine and Reinvent - Crafting the Next Chapter of Your Work and Life

Facilitators: Stephanie and Russ Eisenstat

Next cycle: TBA

This nine-session, limited enrollment course is an opportunity for those in mid to late career who are seeking to successfully navigate a work/life transition. Using a disciplined, evidenced base approach, course participants have the opportunity to reflect on their personal journey and understand better their distinctive strengths. This work provides a foundation for reimaging the path forward and proactively shaping a more meaningful and rewarding next chapter. Drs. Stephanie and Russ Eisenstat also provide a wealth of practical tools and resources to support participants in making tangible progress, week by week, in realizing their aspirations for their work and life.

Group Coaching for Women Faculty

Next cycle for Clinical Women Faculty: TBA
Next cycle for Research-focused Women Investigators: TBA

The Office for Women's Careers has created two online workshop series for MGH faculty who identify as women, an 8-week series for clinical faculty and a 7-week series for research-focused investigators. The series are limited to a closed cohort of faculty to allow for strong collaboration and interaction. The one-hour sessions conducted via Zoom feature internal and external speakers who have experience in a variety of topics.

MGH/Harvard Resources and Other Resources

MGB Physician Coaches

MGB – MD Thrive. We listen. We create space. We connect.

A group of physician coaches at Massachusetts General Brigham certified by the WellCoaches School. In these exceptionally challenging times, we pause to reflect upon our lives and our hopes, career, health, family, friends, or life transitions. Our coaching is informed by our common experiences and shared histories. Coaching utilizes evidence-based practices that create the space for meaningful exploration, growth, and renewal. Our clients report significantly increased satisfaction in their career and personal lives. We are here to catalyze your personal growth and discovery.  Design and cultivate your personal aspirations and goals. Learn how to create joy and balance. You can thrive!

NCFDD Faculty Success Program

Includes individual coaching sessions with an NCFDD-Certifies Individual Coach. Membership to NCFDD is required but is free through Harvard University. Please note: this program is not free, just the NCFDD membership. But membership reduces the overall cost.

Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital

We provide world-class professional development and community networking through our webinars, learning events, sell-out annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School, and an unparalleled coaching resource library. We also provide grants to support promising coaching research.

Core Energy Coaching

iPEC’s unique Core Energy Coaching™ process uncovers inner blind spots and cultivates new perspectives which support individual success on a sustainable level. Our methodology empowers people to dig deeply, honestly, and objectively into their energy and mental programming in order to assess who they are and who they want to become.

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing, is a relational practice that brings people into deeper intimacy with natural places. And one of those natural places is our natural self; it’s a practice that holds the possibility of meeting again the kernel of who we are, and what we are born to be and how we are intended to be of service in the world. It’s also important to recognize how the practice supports every aspect of our well-being. There are many wonderful health benefits attributed to forest therapy including boosted immune function, improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, attention restoration and a reduction in stress and depression.

LEVEL UP: Bossed Up’s Leadership Accelerator

A 6-month leadership accelerator designed for women leaders who want to deepen their leadership skills, accelerate their career growth, and advance their impact.

Positive Intelligence

Most attempts at positive change fail because we stop at insight and don’t build habits. Sustained change towards a more positive mind requires laying down neural pathways to form new habits through consistent daily practice. And that’s what our program design empowers you to do.

Professional Coaches recommended by MGH Faculty
The professional coaches listed below were recommended to the Center for Faculty Development by colleagues at MGH. Please note that being on this list is by no means an endorsement. If you know a great professional coach who has been particularly effective for you, please contact us at

Corinne Alexander, MD

Dr. Alexander is a palliative care physician at MGH who has also been coaching faculty both within MGH and privately since her coaching certification in 2020. She is also certified for Trauma Mitigation coaching through Lodestar as of 2022. Dr. Alexander's passion is to coach physicians to design sustainable careers and lifestyles that align with their core values. 

Christina Arnold

Christina A. Arnold is a full-time Master level certified professional-life coach and part time physician. She found coaching through her own recovery from burnout. Today, she helps people feel better Now by working LESS. Helpful for stress-reduction and developing a much healthier approach to work and life.

Ionica Bazna

Ionica is a professional coach who helps with time management and accountability. She works with clients on four pillars: behavioral, mindset, emotional, and structure (practical skills).

Sara Bolton (Physicians Coaching Collaborative)

We facilitate individual and systems change to maximize personal and mission fulfillment. We help clients identify and reach their unique and critically important goals for development. We identify personal and organizational strengths as well as uncover areas needing revision, and provide exercises and other interventions that yield insights and results.

Shirzad Chamine

Shirzad’s coaching program focuses on how to build habits to counteract inner negative voices. Most attempts at positive change fail because we stop at insight and don’t build habits. Sustained change towards a more positive mind requires laying down neural pathways to form new habits through consistent daily practice. And that’s what this program design empowers you to do.

Karen Clemens

Leadership Coaching: As an HR Executive in the high-tech start-up space for 20 years, Karen has coached numerous leaders and teams to succeed in dynamic environments. Karen’s unique strength is her ability to listen, gain trust and to understand the patterns and shifts in an organization before they occur. She is able to simplify and customize her approach so it resonates in a nimble and sometimes impatient environment; she adapts and distills her work down to the most impactful, salient elements to deliver meaningful results.

Desiree Dickerson

A healthier approach to research. Your well-being determines how well you THINK, Feel, Perform & Grow. AND it is under YOUR control. Develop the cognitive strategies, work habits and lifestyle that will OPTIMIZE your productivity & well-being TODAY.

Sara Dill

Helps other doctors stress-less and enjoy work – AND LIFE - more.

Stephanie Eisenstat, MD

Dr. Stephanie Eisenstat is an internist, certified coach and medical educator at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Over the years, she has focused her academic and clinical work in women's health, safety and injury prevention and chronic disease management. She has developed innovative approaches to team care, such as group medical visits, and been involved with larger system enhancement and care redesign projects. Currently, she is a MD coach for the MGH faculty, providing both individual and group coaching to enhance agency, professional growth, leadership, satisfaction and overall well-being.   

Jill Farmer

Do you have time? Or, does it have you? If you want to lower your stress levels, prevent burnout, and get more done in less time, Jill can show you how. Jill Farmer uses the latest research to bring you evidence-backed solutions. Simple, life-changing concepts. Immediate relief.

Beth Frates and Gail Gazelle (Local Coaches)

Provide coaching and consulting services designed to enhance the professional and personal lives of physicians and build greater organizational effectiveness.

Gail Gazelle

The physicians and others Gail works with are happier, more efficient, and more satisfied with their careers and lives. Gail helps them to develop a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness, so that they see their strengths, and abandon imposter beliefs. They build resilience and thrive despite the stressors of life.

Charlene Grabowski (Pathfinder Strategies)

The leaders of tomorrow are courageous visionaries who are undaunted by uncertainty. These leaders are continuous learners and creative problem solvers. Their superpower is the ability to bring out the best in the people around them. Sounds great, but it’s easier said than done. Many leaders feel like they “just have to figure it out.” This philosophy leads to burnout and poor performance as well as problems with the team. Our custom leadership coaching program provides the framework, support, and tools needed to help leaders realize their potential in their roles.

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Dr. Grinspoon is a certified health and wellness coach and there’s nothing he loves more than helping people clarify their goals and realize their dreams. It is fair to say that he has spent his entire adult life caring for people and helping them enact change. Most of his career has been spent as a primary care doctor at Harvard Medical taking care of patients ranging from the very well-to-do to the most impoverished inner-city residents. There are very few scenarios that he has not come across and been asked to assist with, and this wide range of experiences forms an exceptionally broad background of problem solving. He engages as a coach with respect, compassion, humility – and with a wealth of experience — with which he works with clients as they discover their own paths toward their personal goals.

Larry Harmon (Pulse Coaching)

The focus of PULSE Coaching is three-fold: the first step is to understand the physician’s work environment and, in that context, identify strengths as well as areas of potential development, which can become the foundation of the “Excellence Goals.” Second, the physician and coach work together to develop strategies and skills to reach these goals, keeping an eye on any barriers that may be getting in the way and brainstorming ways to overcome them. Finally, they work on continuously re-evaluating and reinforcing which tools and techniques are working well and, of course, fine-tuning those that are not.

April Hirschberg, MD

April is board certified in both adult psychiatry & lifestyle medicine.  She is certified as a health and well-being coach and certified to deliver the highly acclaimed Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program by the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.  Since the Covid-19 pandemic she has led Mind Body programs for MGB physicians & APPs.  She is now offering individual & group coaching @ Mind Body Health Partners, LLC. 

Rocío Hurtado, MD

Dr. Hurtado is an MGH Physician and dually-certified Executive and Well-being Coach with a focus on physicians looking to re-design their career, pursue new roles or positions or seeking to better navigate the challenges of work-life integration. She has additional training in negotiation skills and actively incorporates these into her practice as a key tool to open new opportunities and reclaim fulfillment during the “marathon of Medicine.” She serves not only as an Internal Physician Coach at MGH but also has a small external coaching practice.

Jennifer Kammeyer

Companies work with Jennifer to improve critical communication for elevating leadership, improving team performance, and launching new endeavors. Jennifer advises leaders and conducts workshops on all aspects of professional communication. Popular topics include building executive presence, public speaking, high-value meetings, team building, conflict resolution, technostress reduction, and mindful communication. 

Kenneth Kraft (Balancing Life Project)

A psychotherapist for 30 years with 24 years of experience as a consultant to organizations in a variety of capacities including selection, training, leadership development, career assessment and counseling, executive coaching, change management, team building, strategic planning and organizational assessment. All of these activities have been focused on building organizational capability.

Cathy Lanteri, MD (Lanteri Coaching)

Specializes in coaching leaders to master the complicated interplay between emotional, cultural, and interpersonal differences so they can achieve their goals through the people they lead. 

Grace Lee

Dr. Grace Lee is an international executive coach, communications trainer, and neuroscientist. Through her online programs and speaking engagements, she has reached hundreds of thousands of people from different industries. She offers a synthesis of knowledge and practical wisdom from her studies across academic disciplines and real-life experiences to help her clients achieve the life mission they want to have.

Trishia S. Lichauco
A leadership development coach and facilitator, Trishia offers a customized high-touch coaching engagement to clients who are ready to take their personal and professional successes to the next level. Her coaching principles are based on three tenets: find your voice, own your story, and embark on a journey of truth.

Cindy Loughran

Mindfulness Coaching & Training to support individuals, leaders and teams to increase their effectiveness by being more aware of their moment-to-moment thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions, and learning to pause and choose wise responses that create better outcomes. 

James McKenna

Executive Coaching for Healthcare Leaders and Their Teams: Helping healthcare professionals and teams maximize performance while reconnecting to the joy and meaning of their work.

Annie Meisels

Annie's approach comes directly from her experience and training as an actress. Actors crave connection and have a need to give audiences an experience. The tools and techniques that Annie teaches in her workshops and one-on-one coaching are related to those an actor struggles with, for example: how to effectively connect to your listeners; how to focus on your listener and not on yourself; how to be influential and impactful; and how to make your listeners feel comfortable enough to connect to you.

Megan Mistry

Dr. Mistry is a primary care physician at NWH/MGH who was certified by The Life Coach School and now helps physicians over 50 thrive in their lives, find clarity, and rediscover their purpose.

Tonya Montella
Tonya is a local career coach who empowers women in the community to discover their true potential and gain more fulfillment out of their careers. Navigating a career change is scary, and job hunting can be overwhelming. You don't have to do it alone.

Mary O'Connor (O’Connor Coaching and Consulting)

Mary partners with leaders to create customized roadmaps that guide teams toward the kind of sustainable high performance that meets or beats stakeholder targets.

Elise T. Phillips

Elise is an experienced certified health and wellness coach with a unique approach to support people to manage and navigate life. Specialty areas include managing stress and time, burnout, work life balance, transitions, positive communication, and intuitive eating with a holistic, strength - based, and solution focused approach.  For more information about Elise, you can find her supporting others to Navigate their lives.  

John Polk (Directions in Coaching)

Focuses on professionals and organizations who seek to make positive changes in their lives and within their industry. 

Diane Shannon

Many women physicians struggle to keep up with their busy lives, feel they’re not excelling anywhere, and worry that they’re doing “it” wrong. I use an overall yet client-tailored roadmap combined with just-in-time, fully-in-the-present coaching with the Gestalt approach. Gestalt coaching is based on the notion that everyone is doing the best they can at the moment and that real change occurs when we embrace our current experience with compassion rather than trying to force ourselves to become different or disowning parts of ourselves in the effort to change.

Phyllis R. Stein

Phyllis offers career and life planning work for women and men of all ages in person, on the phone, or by Skype. Her coaching can be at all stages of life from first career through retirement. Whether you're considering a future career, in a job search, or dealing with on the job issues; exploring the economic, political, intellectual and emotional issues involved in career decision-making; re-entering the job market after a job loss, illness, or family responsibilities; or preparing needed documents, such as resumes and cover letters.