Women Physicians Lead

Women Physicians Lead

Building and supporting women physician leaders that transform healthcare

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What it Means to be a Change Management Champion with Dr. Geralda Xavier.

My next podcast guest, Dr. Geralda Xavier is a highly skilled physician executive with more than 15 years of experience in clinical care and medical staff leadership. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and maintains national certifications in clinical practice. She has a strong reputation for being a change management champion using robust process improvement, fostering team engagement, and promoting psychological safety across disciplines and departments.  In her current role as Chief Medical Officer for Hackettstown and Newton Medical Centers at Atlantic Health System she plays a pivotal role in supporting and advancing physician engagement, integration, and alignment with both hospitals and within Atlantic Health System. She is also responsible for overseeing the quality and patient safety initiatives within both medical centers.  Dr. Xavier earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Brooklyn College. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Master of Business Administration from Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. She is also a Safety, Quality, Informatics, and Leadership Fellow from Harvard School of Medicine, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Advisor, Fellow of Americas's Essential Hospitals, and Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. As you can imagine, leading a team through change can be difficult, but Dr. Xavier has been named a change management champion and shares with us what that means and the obstacles she faces in that role. She also shares her wins and how she drives her team to success. She gives us insight into her journey as a healthcare leader and what she does to implement self-care in her busy schedule. If you're ready to transition into a leadership role and make an impact in healthcare by supporting your colleagues, reducing healthcare disparities, and improving outcomes, then I invite you to join me for my FREE 5-day challenge Unleash Your Inner Leader. Go to This challenge runs from September 26-30. So join now as seats are filling up fast!.
September 16, 2022

The 5 D’s To Successfully Leading Your Team with Dr. Amanda Johnson

My next guest, Dr. Amanda K. Johnson, MD, MBA is Assistant Vice President of Care Models in the Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health for NYC Health + Hospitals. In this role, she leads a team to deliver enhanced primary care, outreach, and engagement models for people experiencing structural barriers to accessing health care, such as homelessness or involvement in the criminal legal system. She also serves as Director of the Take Care pillar of the Test & Trace Corps, which provides New Yorkers with the resources needed to effectively isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and connects people with Long COVID with physical health, mental health, financial, and community supports.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF’s primary care program based at San Francisco General Hospital. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning her BA with honors and distinction in Human Biology and Spanish as well as a minor in African and African-American Studies. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  In this episode, Dr. Amanda Johnson discusses what she has developed as the 5 D's to successfully leading a team. She also gives 3 tips on how she cares for herself as a women physician leader. If you're ready to transition into a leadership role and make an impact in healthcare by supporting your colleagues, reducing healthcare disparities, and improving outcomes, then I invite you to join me for my FREE 5-day challenge Unleash Your Inner Leader. Go to This challenge runs from September 26-30. So join now as seats are filling up fast!
September 3, 2022

Don’t Be Afraid of Being First with Dr. Airica Steed

My guest, Dr. Airica Steed serves as the “first minority appointed” System Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Sinai Chicago Health System and flagship President of Mount Sinai & Sinai Children’s Hospital. There she is charged with leading strategy and operations for 4 acute, post-acute, and specialty care hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group/physician enterprise comprised of over 4,000 caregivers and 800 physicians. She has made monumental groundbreaking advancements in advancing health equity and eradicating healthcare disparities across marginalized communities. Dr. Steed is a highly accomplished and award-winning transformational healthcare executive with over 20 years of exceptional leadership skills and a proven track record of driving results and execution excellence, including recognition as Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare”, “Top 25 Healthcare Innovators” and "Up & Comer"; Diversity MBA Magazine "Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50"; and Becker's Hospital Review "Top 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know", “75 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know”, and "Rising Star".  She is an avid speaker on both a national and international level and a published author. She received her Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D) with distinction, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and numerous certifications, including Organizational Development & Leadership, Master Black Belt and International Trainer in Lean Six Sigma, and Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives. On top of her many accolades, her most prized accomplishment is being a devoted mother to 4 children. In this episode I asked Dr. Steed: Who or what helped shape her career journey as a healthcare leader? What does her role look like as a healthcare executive? Who does she serve and what challenges does she face? Why was it important for her to include and advance physicians as leaders in her organization? What would other organizations need to do to tackle the challenge of increasing diversity in leadership? What tips would you give other women healthcare leaders in terms of putting self-care first? If you're ready to transition into a leadership role and make an impact in healthcare by supporting your colleagues, reducing healthcare disparities, and improving outcomes, schedule a discovery call at Download our free Ebook 'The 10 Steps You Need to Transition into a Leadership Role'
August 19, 2022

Leading The Next Generation To Health and Wellness with Dr. Noha Polack

My guest Dr. Noha Polack, MD, FAAP received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and her medical degree from UMDNJ (now Rutgers Medical School) in Newark, NJ. She completed her pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She has been practicing pediatrics in Union City and Bayonne, New Jersey since 1996, most of those years at Progressive Pediatrics. Dr. Polack loves pediatrics because she can make a difference in a young person's life that will last a lifetime. She is passionate about advocating for healthy living in pre-teens and teens and helping them love their bodies. Working on their mindset as well as their habits is my way of making a difference in the world. She speaks to all professionals who encounter this age group as well as parents to help them use the right language to communicate about health rather than weight. We talked about: Who or what helped to shape her career journey in pediatrics and lead her practice with a focus on Preteens and teens? How she decided that she would go out on her own and run a successful private practice. What does a day in the life of a pediatrician who serves pre-teens and teens look like and what challenges does she face. How does she get people to buy into changing their vocabulary or their mindset around what it means to be healthy and not focus so much on weight? Her thoughts around physicians especially women physicians lean into combat obesity in children, especially within those groups where there are health care disparities. What does self-care look like for her and what steps does she take to take time for herself? If you’re ready to transition into a leadership role and need support during your career journey download my free Ebook, ‘The 10 Steps You Need to Transition into a Leadership Role’. Follow Dr. Noha Polack:
June 17, 2022

Finding Your Voice As A Woman Physician Leader

In this episode, I challenge women physicians to consider their seats at the table, and in the words of Shirley Chisholm, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first African American candidate for the presidential nominee of a major party, and the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination. Even though she didn’t win the Democratic nomination for president, Over the course of her 14 years in Congress, Chisholm was able to be a force for change and a champion of legislation that would improve the quality of life for women, children, people of color, and the poor. This podcast was inspired by the Edward Kennedy Institute A Seat At The Table Project I ask you to reflect on the following thoughts as outlined in the project and journal the answers on your worksheet Consider the tables that you are a part of, or wish to be a part of. What people make up the tables in these spaces, and who sits at the head of the table? Think about your own identity. What’s your story. What experiences have you had? What do you stand for? What are your values? What changes do you want to see in healthcare? Can that folding chair eventually turn into something more permanent? I also challenge you to consider the current state and future state. You can download the worksheet here You can follow me on all social media @drlisaherbert
June 3, 2022

Process Improvement with Dr. Britney Scott, The Clinic Doctor

My guest Dr. Britney Scott is a physician turned process improvement expert turned entrepreneur. Born in Huntsville, AL to two phenomenal Jamaican parents. Dr. Scott is a double HBCU grad. She received her BS in Biology from Oakwood University and then matriculated to Howard University where she received her MD. However, early in her medical career, Dr. Scott, realized that her ultimate passion was in serving the underserved and that that doesn't have to be done at the bedside. This is what brought her to process improvement. She hated seeing how inefficiencies in our health system disproportionately affected certain individuals, especially those that looked like her. Dr. Scott has worked both clinically and operationally in small and large acute care facilities as well as ambulatory care. Ultimately, Dr. Scott decided that she wanted to do more, so she began her healthcare process improvement firm focused on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion where she brings process to the difficult topics of DEI. Her company's core value is that people matter, and she truly feels like she's living in her purpose by helping our healthcare institutions treat all people like they matter. In this episode I ask Dr. Britney: Thinking about your career and leadership journey who or what may have been instrumental in that decision? What does a day as a process improvement expert look like? Who do you serve and what challenges do you face? What impact have you seen with your work in terms of outcomes with organizations? In terms of DE&I, what kind of impact have you noticed if any? What is the business case for DE&I? What do you think is the 1 thing that resonates with everyone and allows people to let their guard down to have tough conversations? If you’re ready to transition into a leadership role and need support during your career journey download my free Ebook, ‘The 10 Steps You Need to Transition into a Leadership Role’. Follow Dr. Britney You can also book a consult with her at
May 20, 2022

Women Physicians Lead

Today women represent more than 50% of the medical school class, yet only hold 20% of the positions in the C-suite. My own journey with leadership was by trial and error. I wanted to represent the 20% but quickly realized, there was no leadership path to follow or defined curriculum to teach me the skills I needed to adjust quickly to this new role.

I struggled with balancing work and family, navigating our complex healthcare system, and trying to find my voice in leadership. After 20 years in the healthcare field with leadership roles in academia, public health, the insurance industry, and hospital administration, my mission is to help increase the number of women physicians in leadership roles by equipping them with the personal and professional development skills they need to be successful.

Women physicians are often deterred from seeking leadership roles due to the lack of organizational support for work-life integration, gender equity, racial discrimination, and equality in pay. Having women in leadership roles not only creates the pipeline for future leaders but also improves the delivery of care to the communities we serve.
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Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Herbert has a unique background and extensive experience of being a physician and a healthcare leader in hospital administration, public health, academic medicine, and the health insurance industry. She has held roles as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Physician Advisor/Medical Director for a large hospital system, Medical Director for a six-center family planning agency and Medical Director at a local and national insurance company.

After a successful career practicing in the medical field for over 20 years, Dr. Herbert’s professional journey continued as a certified executive leadership coach. She established her company Just The Right Balance, LLC where she offers coaching, consulting, workshops and training to help physician leaders create a clearer path to success. She helps clients uncover their blind spots, enhance their leadership skills, get clarity about their vision, and balance their busy work life so they can create positive change within their organizations and have rewarding careers. As a coach, she has also been instrumental in serving as a consultant between hospitals and physicians to improve physician outcomes by strengthening the physician’s leadership and organizational effectiveness as well as improving communication between the parties.

Dr. Herbert received her medical degree from Upstate University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Mountainside Hospital. For her contribution to medicine, she received the Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians which is the highest honor in her field. She was also recognized by the American Medical Association with the Physician Recognition Award and received several awards from organizations for her work providing programs and education on optimal health and wellness in her community.

Dr. Herbert has published numerous articles and is a published author in the International Conference on Physician Health 2016 Abstract Book, Increasing Joy in Medicine. She is also the Best-Selling Author of Take Back Your Life: A Working Mom’s Guide to Work-Life Balance, and Physicians Rise Up: The Guide To Evolving as a Healthcare Leader.

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