Dr. Vanessa Calderón, MD, MPP is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician who has an active clinical practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a resiliency expert and the Director of Vituity’s Resilience Program. She is a member of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and is a certified Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist. Dr. Calderón is also a recognized Positive Neuroplasticity Trainer and has studied with world-renowned experts, like Rick Hanson, PhD. Dr. Calderón is a masterful educator and has spent over half a decade reconnecting healthcare providers to their original purpose in medicine by educating them on empathy, compassion and resilience.
She's a sought after international public speaker. Through her keen sense of human connection, she has inspired audiences around the world. Besides resiliency, her speaking interests also include compassion and empathy in the provider-patient experience, women in medicine, gender and neurodiversity in leadership, physician advocacy and increasing healthcare access. She's a regularly invited speaker at Advocacy Conferences, National Risk Courses, Leadership Academy's and more.

Dr. Calderón currently serves as the Department Chair and Medical Director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department in San Francisco. She is an alumnus of the Vituity Management Fellowship and earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Albert Einstein Montefiore/Jacobi Medical Centers in New York City, where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Calderón has avidly been involved in patient advocacy, student mentorship and healthcare policy. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and served as the Director of Health Disparities for the American Medical Student Association from 2006-2007 in Washington DC.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
  • Operations, Finance, Health Care System Design
  • Resiliency, Burnout, Empathy and Compassion in the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Self-Compassion, Gender and Neurodiversity.