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Dr. Esther  Choo

Dr. Esther Choo

Associate Professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University and Founding Member for TIME’S UP Healthcare

Biography

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A physician and popular health and science communicator, Dr. Esther Choo is known as a bold and innovative voice on gender and racial equity in healthcare and an advocate for new frameworks for building positive and productive workplaces. Read More >

A graduate of Yale University and Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Choo is an NIH-funded health services and health policy researcher who takes a data-driven approach to organizational change. She is a founding member of TIME'S UP Healthcare, which advocates for safety and equity in the healthcare workforce, serves on the board of TIME'S UP, and co-founded Equity Quotient, a firm that assesses organizational culture. During the pandemic, she has helped raise awareness of the critical shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, serves as an advisor for GetUsPPE.org, and is Chief Medical Officer for JUPE, which builds mobile healthcare units.

Her commentary on the culture of healthcare institutions has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard Business Review, NBC Think, Self, Quartz, and The Washington Post, and in a recurring column for The Lancet focused on inequities in healthcare. She is a regular guest on CNN and MSNBC and has been an invited speaker for The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic Pulse health summit, TED Talks, and Accenture. Her work in the coronavirus pandemic has been featured in In Style and People magazine.

Dr. Choo's talks balance data with humor and warmth, presenting the case for innovating our workplaces to be better for everyone and providing feasible approaches to getting there. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TED: How Health Workers Are Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

How TIME’S UP Is Tackling Injustice in the World of Medicine| Atlantic Live

Can We Create a Health Care Culture of Excellence? | UCSF Lecture

Health Care Workers On Their Own Against Coronavirus As Supplies Dwindle | MSNBC

Speech Topics

Creating a Culture of Equity, Safety & Respect: Your Roadmap to Better Patient Outcomes

What it would look like in health care if there was no harassment, if pay, advancement and opportunity were equitable, and if all health care workers felt valued and respected? Building such an environment is the long-term answer to high-quality healthcare for all our patients, and a key element in finally addressing tenacious health disparities.

Racism as a Public Health Crisis

2020 led organizations of all types to declare a commitment to anti-racism. Yet racism is embedded in nearly every aspect of the health and well-being of our population, affecting everything from risk for disease, disease prevalence, access to healthcare, and health outcomes of all kinds. Using her expertise in public health, emergency care, substance use disorders, and women's health, Esther highlights the challenges to health equity in the 21st century.

Doctors at the Brink: The Toll of COVID 19 on Healthcare Workers

Prior to COVID-19, physicians were already working in a culture characterized by inequities, harassment, and crisis level burnout. COVID-19 has exposed these elements and the need for urgent change at every level across the profession. Dr. Esther Choo, emergency medicine physician, health policy researcher and a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare addresses the stressors, organizational cultural factors, and near-impossible expectations that can take a toll on the health and well being of healthcare professionals. Dr. Choo shares strategies for what can be done to improve organizational wellness and create a culture of respect to support the morale, energy, and resilience of their workforce in meaningful ways.

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