Dr. Wendy Dean
Dr. Wendy Dean

President/CEO, and cofounder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare

Wendy Dean, MD is the President/CEO, and cofounder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare, a

nonprofit organization addressing the crisis of clinician distress. She and her co-founder, Simon G. Talbot, MD, began the conversation about moral injury in healthcare with the publication of their seminal work in STATNews on July 26, 2018.


A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Dean left clinical medicine when generating revenue crowded out the patient-centered priorities in her practice. Her focus since has been on finding innovative ways to make medicine better for both patients and physicians--technologically, ethically, and systemically. She has worked in research funding oversight for the Department of Defense, and as an executive for a large non-profit supporting military medical research. 


In addition to moral injury, Dr. Dean’s expertise in product development, reimbursement for novel technologies, clinical trial conduct, government investment strategy, and the ethics of medical innovations is widely sought. She has participated in efforts sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Agency, DARPA, NASA, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and others. She is also a passionate advocate for women’s leadership.


Dr. Dean graduated from Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Medical

School. She did her residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in

Hanover, NH.