We’re Facing A New Epidemic In Medicine
Of Doctors In The U.S. Experience Symptoms of physician Burnout
The system that trains our doctors to care for others neglects to train them to care for themselves.
Crisis at the personal, professional, and public health level.
Meet Dr. Shawn C. Jones
Dr. Shawn C. Jones is a board-certified otolaryngologist with 20 years of experience in medicine and a thriving ENT practice in Paducah, Kentucky. He is also an author, consultant, and speaker on the topic of physician burnout among physicians and medical school students.
After experiencing physician burnout himself early in his medical career that left him desensitized to others and disconnected from his own heart, Dr. Jones felt called to address the problem of burnout in medicine. He now shares his story along with a message of resilience and hope to those struggling with burnout and advocates for system-wide changes to prevent burnout on an organizational level.
Book Dr. Jones To Speak
Dr. Jones is a dynamic and engaging speaker who connects with his audience to change minds and touch hearts. He speaks on the topic of physician burnout among physicians residents, and medical students and on issues of public health.
Go On A Journey Of
Recognition, Redemption, and Discovery
In his book Finding Heart in Art: A Surgeon’s Renaissance Approach to Healing Modern Medical Burnout, Dr. Jones recounts his personal journey of recovery from burnout as a young doctor. His story and his deep connection to Renaissance paintings serve as a jumping off point to explore burnout in a wider context.
“This powerful exposition daringly reveals the struggle of an erudite healer proficient in helping others, but ill-equipped to save himself. In his own journey of self-discovery, not unlike the conversion of Ignatius de Loyola, Shawn experienced a transformative epiphany that restored to him a life nearly lost. As an emergency physician reflecting upon my own experience, Shawn’s story strikes painfully close to home. In this time of growing clinician disillusionment and burnout, this timely work is valuable both to healers seeking their own journeys of redemption and their family, friends, and patients who love and rely upon them.”
Steven J. Stack, MD
ER Physician, Lexington, KY
“Finding Heart in Art is more than a book, it is a channel of grace that may save your life. For those experiencing burnout or a numbness to life, rediscover what it means to connect with yourself, to be human made in the image of God, and to embrace beauty, creativity, and imagination all over again. Dr. Shawn Jones has provided a map for your journey filled with personal stories, captivating art, solid research, and exercises for reflection. Come and be transformed.”
CEO and creator of Lightgliders, St. Louis, MO
“Dr. Shawn Jones describes an intimate journey about his loss of self and subsequent redemption. With the support of his family, Shawn explores concepts of self-awareness, faith, spirituality and the healing power of art, all while painting a narrative that is both familiar and contemporary. Poignant in nature, his story serves as both a cautionary tale for the initiate on their passage to becoming a medical practitioner and a healing guide for those who measure their self-worth and individual identity based upon their career.”
Scott D. Duncan, MD, MHA, FAAP
Professor and Assoc. Chief, Division of Neonatal Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Louisville
“With courage, honesty, and humility, Dr. Shawn Jones takes us along on his journey of self-discovery, healing, and rebirth. Many physicians, and others as well, have a need for this book. What a gift Shawn has given us.”
“I cannot say enough good things about this book!!!! I am not a physician but could relate to many parts of Dr Jones story. I highly recommend this book to any professional whether feelings of burnout are being experienced or not. Being able to identify the signs of burnout may prevent personal struggle. For those who are experiencing feelings of burnout, hopefully, this book can help them not feel isolated and lead them towards a better path. I thank Dr Jones for sharing his story and helping shed a light on a very important topic.”
“As a patient for many years of Dr. Shawn Jones as well as his wife, Dr. Evelyn Jones, it was very reassuring to read the words of my physician, showing such honesty and vulnerability. Having struggled with emotional issues myself for a lengthy time, his story spoke to me and directed my thoughts in different paths that even after all this time, I hadn’t found. He truly found a way to experience a true catharsis. God bless you, Dr. Shawn Jones.”