Who We Are

The crisis of clinician distress is not just a professional issue for our co-founders.  It is also a personal issue. Both have had their own experiences with moral injury, have watched friends struggle, and have been impacted by the broader implications. These experiences galvanized their decision to drive change.


Dr. Wendy Dean

Dr. Simon G. Talbot

Dr. Dean left clinical medicine when generating revenue crowded out the patient-centered priorities of her practice. Her focus since has been on finding innovative ways to make medicine better for both patients and physicians through technology, ethics, and systems change.

Dr. Dean practiced for 15 years as an emergency room physician and then as a psychiatrist. After leaving clinical practice, she spent eight years in leadership positions, overseeing medical research funding for the U.S. Army, and as a senior executive at a large nonprofit in Washington, D.C., supporting novel strategies to restore form, function and appearance to ill and injured service members. She turned her full attention to addressing moral injury in 2019.

Dr. Dean is a regular contributor to Medscape’s Business of Medicine, blogs on Psychology Today, and continues to work in innovative fields with NASA, the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation, and the Transplant Ethics and Policy Working Group at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Dr. Simon G. Talbot is a hand surgeon and microsurgeon who is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Attending Surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Talbot’s research focuses on nerve repair and the psychosocial aspects of hand and arm amputation and transplantation.

He graduated from the University of Auckland, School of Medicine in New Zealand. He completed his residency in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Elizabeth Holman, PsyD

Keith Corl, MD

Elizabeth Holman PsyD is the palliative care psychologist at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, where she also serves on the ethics consult service. She is the handler of facility dog Tootsie and her research has focused on human-animal interactions.

Keith Corl, M.D., practices both emergency and critical care medicine and is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. 


Mackenze Burkhart

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Marissa Smith

Mackenze Burkhart has worked with small non-profits in farming and veterans activities since graduating from Dickinson College. She thrives on community engagement and high energy, fast tempo environments. She’ll be our podcast production coordinator and a voice on social media. So, reach out — info@moralinjury.healthcare — she’s waiting to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Marissa Smith is a communications professional who’s worked in nonprofits and public relations since graduating from the University of New Hampshire. She manages our digital presence across the web, along with our outreach efforts.

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