Dr. Pi is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. Professor Pi previously served as Executive Vice Chair, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Director of Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at different medical schools in the U.S. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Pi is certified in the specialty of Psychiatry and the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Pi is former Medical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), State of California. He was the Department’s highest-level psychiatrist and was responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of statewide mental health treatment services.

Professor Pi has been consistently acknowledged as a valued educator and received many outstanding teacher awards for his excellent teaching and clinical supervision. He is an accomplished researcher in the fields of cross-cultural psychiatry and psychopharmacology with more than 150 publications including authorship in psychiatric textbooks.

Professor Pi has been very active on both the national and international mental health scenes in the past 40 years, including President of the Association of Chinese American Psychiatrists, Vice President and Treasurer of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, Chairperson of the Committee of Asian American Psychiatrists, Chair and Vice-chair of seven Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Groups, and Member of the Assembly Executive Committee of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of APA, International Associate Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, and Honorary Fellow of World Psychiatric Association (WPA). Currently, Professor Pi serves as the Representative for Zone 2 (USA) within the WPA Board. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the 2009 Asian American (Kun-po Soo) Award of the APA for his significant contributions toward understanding the impact and import of Asian cultural heritage in areas which have relevance to psychiatry. Dr. Pi is listed among the Best Doctors in America, and America’s Top Doctors.


Presentation Title:
"Prevention and Management of Physician Burnout"


Nearly 44% of U.S. physicians reported feeling burned out, with female physicians 28% more likely to experience burnout than male physicians, according to the results of the 2019 Medscape National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report. The report found a correlation between the number of hours worked per week and the percentage of physicians experiencing burnout: From 48% to 57% working more than 50 hours per week reported burnout, versus about one-third of those working between 31 and 40 hours. More than 15,000 physicians across 29 specialties responded to the survey. About half of physicians said their problems with burnout or depression have not become bad enough to seek help, while others cited potential career-damaging stigma should they seek mental health care, or a belief that the problem lies with the medical system, not them. Reports of physician burnout and suicide show important gaps in physician knowledge, competence and practice in managing challenges of modern practice. Understanding these principles will also help with educating patients and caregivers.



  • Describe sources of work-related stress
  • Identify risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • Describe steps to implement standardized processes for physicians seeking care in your practice
  • List ways to create an environment of support and physician wellness in your organization
  • Find meaning in work
  • Develop and strengthen supportive relationships