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If you could take one person out to dinner to talk about clinical excellence, who would it be and why?


Be inspired by clinically excellent role models, past and present.

Lifelong Learning in Clinical Excellence | October 19, 2018 | <1 min read


Michael Crocetti, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I would love to take Atul Gawande out to dinner. Recently, I’ve been very interested in clinical performance coaching and Dr. Gawande has written a lot about this. The way he views coaching as integral to maintaining clinical excellence is phenomenal. He just seems like a genuine down-to earth-person who could give me essential insights into maintaining clinical excellence over the course of a career.

Stasia Reynolds, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I would like to know
Khalil better than I do
Smart, humble and kind.


I would love to go to dinner with Khalil Ghanem. He is respected and admired by colleagues and patients and he is repeatedly recognized by medical students and residents as a favorite teacher. He is smart (I want to know what he reads), humble (I want to know how he stays grounded) AND he knows all the fun/hip/delicious places to eat in Baltimore.

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Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Hippocrates, on his native island of Kos, to enjoy a Greek coffee and discuss what medicine means to him.  

I would love to witness first hand the values of an ancient medical leader and see how those values transcend time and impact today’s physician.  

Being a doctor is one of civilization’s oldest professions; if we understand how values and beliefs evolve, we gain insight into how to continue to evolve our profession in order to meet the needs for our patients and communities for the future.

Scott Wright, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Balfour Mount. I had the privilege of shadowing this amazing clinician when I was an early medical student, and he has left an indelible impression on me related to communicating empathetically and genuinely connecting with patients.

As an early adopter of palliative care, bringing lessons learned from Cicely Saunders and St. Joseph’s Hospice to North America, he has changed how end-of-life care is delivered and how goals of care discussions are conducted.

A dinner so many years after our initial meeting would be priceless.

Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School

Francis Peabody. My guiding principle is his quotation, “For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.”