Thought Leader, Leadership

Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP

Vice President, Professional Satisfaction
American Medical Association

Dr. Sinsky is the Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association. A board certified internist, she also practices at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, IA.

Dr. Sinsky is a Director with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award. Dr. Sinsky is a member of the National Advisory Council for Improving Primary Care through Industrial and Systems Engineering; and has served on the national advisory councils for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration’s Patient Aligned Care Team initiative, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Physician Programs, with oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. From 2011 to 2012, she led “In Search of Joy in Practice,” a primary care project of the ABIM Foundation.

Dr. Sinsky is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” and has twice provided testimony to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology regarding the role of electronic health records in care coordination and usability.

A frequent invited lecturer on practice innovation, redesign, and physician satisfaction, Dr. Sinsky has presented to groups including the AMA, the ACP, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, as well as to private and academic medical centers.

Dr. Sinsky received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her post-graduate residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation/La Crosse Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Medical Resident.

Family Physicians EHR Use by Time of Day

Care Redesign

Infographic: Date Night with the EHR

Studies have found that physicians spend nearly 30 hours per month working on the EHR in their homes — including morning and evening hours over the weekend.


Reading List: Christine Sinsky

NEJM Catalyst Thought Leader Christine Sinsky weighs in on the most influential and inspiring texts of her career.

Preventable Deaths and Medical Errors in American Hospitals - Panel Discussion Image Still


Preventable Deaths in American Hospitals

Most preventable deaths via medical error in U.S. hospitals have a second victim: those involved in their care.

Sinsky Panel Clip Still: Neither Victim nor Villain of Physician Burnout


Physicians: Neither Victim nor Villain

When it comes to burnout, physicians have a responsibility to say “that’s not sustainable.”


On Presence: A Tale of Two Visits

How much a physician has to look at a computer screen, instead of a patient, makes all the difference.

Tait Shanafelt & Christine Sinsky Panel Clip Still: Reducing Burnout: Good for Your Bottom Line


Reducing Burnout: Good for Your Bottom Line

How do you make the business case and pay for innovations aimed at reducing physician burnout?

Christine Sinsky and Tait Shanafelt Panel Clip Still: Debunking Healthcare Leadership Myths


Debunking Leadership Myths

If you were appointed the head of CMS or a major hospital system and given carte blanche, what changes would you make first?

Christine Sinsky Talk Still: What If Joy in Practice Were a Core Metric?


What If Joy in Practice Were a Metric?

Why joy in practice is missing, why it matters, and what can be done.

Sinsky and Shanafelt Panel Clip Still: Removing Burnout from Electronic Health Records


Reducing the Burnout Effect of EHRs

The electronic health record is currently a source of burnout in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be.

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