Gail Gazelle

Gail Gazelle

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School

About Gail Gazelle

Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is a part-time Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a practicing physician, and a certified professional coach for physicians and physician leaders. She coaches on such issues as aligning personal values with organizational mission, burnout, emotional intelligence, strategic planning, managing up and down, emerging leadership skills, authentic leadership, and conflict management. In an effort to maximize tools for physician wellness, she incorporates mindfulness techniques in addition to traditional coaching methods.

Over her 27-year medical career, Dr. Gazelle has worked in an unusually wide variety of clinical and leadership roles. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, her past roles include chief medical officer of a multistate hospice company, hospitalist on the complex surgical services at one of the major Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, internist in a large HMO, hospice medical director, and emergency department extender. She is a founding member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching, and holds International Coach Federation (ICF) certification as a Professional Certified Coach.

Dr. Gazelle is the author of Building Your Resilient Self: 52 Tips to Move From Physician Burnout to Balance. Dr. Gazelle is the solo author of two narratives in The New England Journal of Medicine. Her seminal article on coaching to manage burnout was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in 12/14. In addition to teaching a cutting edge resilience curriculum for Brigham and Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine residents, Dr. Gazelle is a national speaker on physician wellness, burnout, and resilience. She is known for her dynamic, engaging, insightful, and down-to-earth presentation style. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Authentic leadership
  • Physician burnout and resilience
  • Emerging leadership
  • Mindfulness and positive psychology 


MD: Upstate Medical University
Board certification: Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Author, Physician Burnout: Coaching A Way Out. Journal of General Internal Medicine, published online 12/20/14.
Author: Building Your Resilient Self: 52 Tips to Move From Physician Burnout to Balance
Author: Mindfulness Support for Alzheimer's Caregivers, A Harvard Medical School Guide