Healing Healthcare Together

Our Virtual Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference brings together more than 350 healthcare professionals, leaders and others committed to compassionate healthcare. The conference hosts an exchange of diverse thoughts and ideas around the critical importance of compassion in healthcare, particularly during these challenging times.

We’re looking forward to our 2023 Conference, which will be held December 7-8, 2023.

We hope you will join us and like-minded colleagues in what is sure to be another enriching and inspiring experience!

Thank You for Submitting Your Abstract for the 2023 Conference

We recognize the broad range of innovative and critical work being carried out by healthcare professionals to advance compassion in healthcare. Thank you for submitting your work for presentation at the 2023 Conference. Our review committee will be in touch in early June. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Restivo at mrestivo@theschwartzcenter.org.


The past few years have brought new urgency to supporting the well-being of the healthcare workforce so that they can provide compassionate care to patients and families. We know that health workers are facing ongoing challenges, from staffing shortages to workplace violence to burnout and more.

Built on the Healing Healthcare Initiative Framework, the Conference will equip health leaders and workers with the resources and tools to ensure that their organization, colleagues, and patients can thrive.

Conference sessions will explore how compassionate care can support goals like workforce well-being, patient experience, safety, quality and innovation through communication, interprofessional teamwork and interpersonal skills. Participants will learn to apply those techniques to initiatives and strategies that achieve the quadruple aim of improving patient experience, population health and workforce well-being, while lowering costs.


Conference Themes

  • Diversity and equity
  • Inclusion, voice and choice
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Psychological and physical safety
  • Team cohesiveness and collaboration
  • Trust and trustworthiness

This conference provides continuing education and community, focused on organizational culture change using strategies based on empathy, communication, interpersonal skills and interprofessional collaboration as well as networking opportunities for health workers across all medical specialties.

This conference is ideal for:

  • Organizational leaders, directors and managers of healthcare professionals
  • Practicing healthcare professionals and ethicists
  • Patient and clinician experience officers and teams
  • Quality and safety professionals and risk managers
  • Health professional educators
  • Human resources and employee assistance program professionals
  • Spiritual care providers and chaplains
  • Professional society leadership representatives
  • Policy and public health representatives


2022 Speakers

Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, AONL

Chief Nursing Officer, SVP Workforce, AHA

Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN

Executive Director of Healthcare Services, Illumination Foundation

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP

President, The Commonwealth Fund

Julie Çelebi, MD, MS

Assistant Clinical Professor and Wellness Director, Department of Family Medicine, University of California San Diego

Melanie Cheng, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist and Resident Academic Director, Department of Pediatrics

Assistant Chief Academic Officer for GME, Kings County Hospital Center

Carolyn Clancy, MD, MACP

Assistant Under Secretary for Health, Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration

Victor J. Dzau, MD

President, National Academy of Medicine

Jodi-Ann Edwards, MD (PGY2 RY3)

General Surgery Resident Physician & Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Corey Feist, JD, MBA

President & Co-Founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation

Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, MPP

Chief Innovation Officer, One Medical

Thomas Fisher, MD

Author of “The Emergency – A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER”

Board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician

Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Vice President of Patient Care & System Chief Nurse Executive, Duke University Health System

Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing

Elka Jacobson-Dickman, MD

Associate Dean for Clinical Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Practices, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Health Science Center

Beth A. Lown, MD

Chief Medical Officer, The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

President & Chief Executive Officer, National League for Nursing

Kedar Mate, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP, APRN

Vice Dean, Chair and Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

Ashley McMullen, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Aziza M. Musa

Vice President, Business Partnerships & Investor Relations, Health Leads

Lina Najib Kawar, PhD, RN, CNS

Nurse Scientist, Regional Nursing Research Program, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Patient Care Services

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH

Director, District of Columbia Department of Health

Chinwe Onukaegbe, MSN-Ed, RN

ICU RN, Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center

Len Pierre (he, him)

Owner and Managing Consultant, Len Pierre Consulting

TEDx Speaker and Social Activist

Rev. Christina Shu, BCC

Lead Interfaith Chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Shahla Siddiqui, MD, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM

Dept of Anesthesiology, Pain, and Intensive Care

Attending, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Emily Silverman, MD

Founder/Host, The Nocturnists

Volunteer Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Karla Silverman, RN, CNM, MS

Associate Director, Complex Care Delivery, Center for HealthCare Strategies

Teresa Y. Smith, MD, MSEd, FACEP

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Affiliations

Designated Institutional Official

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH

(Incoming) Chief Operating Officer, Yale New Haven Health

Tim Vogus

Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management

Sidney Zisook, MD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine

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At Compassion in Action, participants roll up their sleeves, dig in and engage with visionary thinkers and doers to experience and learn how healthcare organizations around the world are improving quality, lowering costs and strengthening patients’ and providers’ experience using compassionate, collaborative care. Our vision is to form a powerful community where every Compassion in Action participant plays an integral role in sharing ideas, simulating new thinking and provoking the change that will better our healthcare system.

Through interactive experiential sessions with experts from diverse care settings and communities, this innovative conference focuses on fostering compassionate leaders across all professions and roles within healthcare. Participants will leave the conference having gained inspiration, knowledge/skills and partners to improve care quality and outcomes, patient experience and workforce well-being through compassion and collaboration.


Planning Committee

Thank you to the Schwartz Center National Business Members for their year-round support of our mission and programs. Business members are not direct conference sponsors and have no influence on the content of the conference. Learn more about business membership.


Chairman Circle
Executive Circle
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Marsh McLennan
Leader Circle

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Benchmark Senior Living

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MedPro Group

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For more information on these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Restivo at mrestivo@theschwartzcenter.org

About the Schwartz Center

The Schwartz Center is dedicated to putting compassion at the heart of healthcare.

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a national organization whose mission is to put compassion at the heart of healthcare. Through programs, education and advocacy, the Schwartz Center supports the mental health and well-being of the healthcare workforce so they can provide compassionate care to patients and families. With more than 600 healthcare member organizations across 44 states in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the Schwartz Center’s evidence-informed programs and resources have proven to be versatile, sustainable and effective across diverse settings, including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, cancer centers, Veteran’s Administration medical centers, organ procurement organizations, nursing homes, hospice providers, and health insurers. To learn more, visit theschwartzcenter.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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