By Christina Frangou

A lifelong Buddhist with a daily meditation practice, Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, a professor and the chair of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in Lubbock, is often invited to speak to physicians about meditation and other mindfulness techniques in order to reduce their risk for burnout. She declines.

The burnout plaguing half of U.S. physicians will not be eradicated by training more doctors in meditation, she said.

Her belief: Burnout has grown out of