Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP

Director/Pediatric Hospitalist, Institute for Physician Wellness/Seattle Children's Hospital



Dr. Stepien is the founding director of The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC. Her story is similar to many physicians—valuing excellent medical care, integrity, hard work and compassion while working within a broken medical system. She is convinced that a life so fortunate to juggle a career in medicine with motherhood comes with a responsibility to live it in a healthy way. She is committed to supporting physician wellness, and in doing so, benefiting physicians as well as their patients.

Dr. Stepien is a board-certified pediatrician in active practice. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She draws on these broad experiences as she teaches physician wellness, self-compassion, and mindfulness in medicine. Dr. Stepien lectures internationally and has published research and essays in the medical literature as well as in the popular press.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
  • Self-Compassion and Mindfulness in Medicine
  • Discrimination of Women in Medicine