Sun M. You, MD, MPH Appointed Chief Wellness Officer for the Department of Medicine at UCLA

The UCLA Department of Medicine (DoM) is pleased to announce that Sun Yoo, MD, MPH, has been appointed Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) for the department, effective December 1, 2023. As the CWO, Dr. Yoo will be responsible for overseeing the efforts that will advance and promote the well-being of all members of our department. She will be responsible for assessing the well-being of physicians, overseeing the DoM strategy to target drivers of burnout, measuring the impact of targeted interventions on faculty retention, and partnering with department and health system leaders to promote an organizational culture that puts our people at the center of what we do.

Dr. Yoo received a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received her Doctorate of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and her Masters of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at UCLA. Prior to her residency, she served as president of a non-profit organization, Global Medical Knowledge.

At UCLA, she serves as section chief of Extensivist and Palliative Care Services, medical director of Internal Medicine Suites, and continuity clinic director in the Internal Medicine Suites Resident Clinic. She has served as the well-being committee chair within the department of medicine since its inception in early 2022 and has engaged physician representatives from our DoM divisions and regions in service on this committee. She oversaw the committee’s efforts to develop and launch the annual DoM surveys to assess the well-being of our faculty members, implemented regional wellness townhalls creating an additional venue for improved communication between leadership with faculty and staff, advocated for division wellness funds to improve social connection, and created division and unit-level wellness reports to allow leaders to create action plans for wellness priorities specific to their groups.

Dr. Yoo strongly believes in the uniqueness of individuals who pursue careers in healthcare; that is, we are united by our desire to improve the lives of others.  The many successes of our department are reflective of our people who tirelessly work to innovate, to deliver care, to educate, and to inspire one another and the communities we serve. By prioritizing the well-being of our faculty and staff, this allows us to maximize the impact of the transformational work being done in DoM. She is honored and elated to be able to serve in the CWO role for the department of medicine and partner with everyone to improve our organizational culture and well-being. 

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Yoo into this new leadership role.

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