The surgeon’s burnout: How to deal with it

Bellal Joseph, Tahereh Orouji Jokar

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2 Scopus citations


Inherent idealistic nature of surgical disciplines demands exclusive dedication from surgeons to provide optimal patient care, but doing so puts them at significant risk for personal and continuous professional stresses, which may result in burnout. Burnout is a gradual process and often heralded with warning signs or red flags, which can result in physical, behavioral, and emotional symptoms. Work-related stressors are often underestimated and considered a trivial part of emotional and physical well-being. Literature demonstrates that undetermined stress and anxiety may lead to burnout. Burnout can lead to impaired technical performance, medical errors, physical and mental health problems, increasing incidence of divorce, negative work attitude, decreased professional satisfaction, hopelessness and helplessness, detachment, isolation, and increased risk of depression and suicide. Therefore, recognizing these warning signs or red flags is extremely crucial. Individual surgeons at personal level and the organizations at institutional level should recognize the early symptoms of burnout, implement coping strategies, and maintain a work-life balance for the well-being of surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgical Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Evidence Based Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319298245
ISBN (Print)9783319298221
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Detachment
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
  • Isolation
  • Stress
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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