October 16, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Physician Wellness
Los Angeles psychiatrist Karen Miotto, M.D., was named the 2016 recipient of the California Medical Association (CMA) Gary S. Nye Award for Physician Health and Well-Being in recognition of her selfless devotion to advocating and promoting the well-being of her fellow physicians
The award honors a CMA member who has made significant contributions toward improving physician health and wellness. The award was established by the House of Delegates in 2009 in honor of Gary Nye, M.D., a leader in bringing attention and developing solutions for physician impairment and rehabilitation.
Dr. Miotto was integral to the development of a new mental health service for physicians-in-training. She regularly orchestrates lectures on workshops on related issues like resilience, grief and loss, and mental health, as well as conferences for hospital leadership and wellbeing committee members.
She became a member of UCLA’s Medical Staff Health Committee in 1994, and since then has led the development of programs, services and activities that now serve as a model for other institutions. In 2014, she first convened medical staff health committees from California’s medical schools and academic health centers to provide ongoing support and consultation. And through her work with the California Society of Addiction Medicine, she helped create Western Doctors in Recovery for those entering treatment and rehabilitation.