Strong Families and Demanding Specialties: Where’s the Balance?

January 18, 2018

Episode Notes

In this episode, Lara will be talking with Dr. Michael Myers, a clinical psychiatrist and the author of several books about medical marriages. Dr. Myers will discuss some of the issues that often plague medical marriages, including workaholism and resentment.  They’ll also be discussing Lara’s husband’s choice to become a surgeon and have a family. He will also answer the question, “Are all surgeons jerks?”

About Dr. Myers

Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Immediate Past Vice Chair Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

  • He is the author or co-author of eight books and over 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews and 8 videotapes covering a range of topics in psychiatry. His two most recent books are “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared” and “The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals” (co-authored with Dr. Glen Gabbard)
  • His videotape “When Physicians Die By Suicide” won the 1999 Psychiatric Services Award of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health and has served on physician health committees of both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. He was in half-time practice for 35 years until 2008. For the last 20 years, his practice was limited to the treatment of medical students, physicians, and their families
  • He is a recent past President of the New York City Chapter of the
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and an emeritus board member
  • Currently, he is on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society State of New York

In an effort to “practice what he preaches” he keeps fit by swimming and riding his bike around Central Park. He’s also been taking weekly piano lessons for an undisclosed length of time. He’s been gently advised by many significant others not to quit his day job!

To learn more about Dr. Myers visit,


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