Dr. Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Ph.D., M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.
A board certified cardiologist in her native Italy, she has worked for over 15 years in the Intensive Care Unit and in the Emergency Room before becoming a full-time clinical researcher. Her research interests include the development of integrative/complementary medicine interventions to promote cardiovascular health and the study of the psycho-behavioral determinants of cardiovascular disease, with a particular focus on the role of R/S in promoting cardiovascular health, healthy behaviors and psychological well-being.
Her project aims to investigate the role of different indicators of R/S in the prevention of physicians’ psychological distress and burnout by conducting a survey-based, prospective cohort study in a large random sample of US physicians working in intensive care units. She will also conduct focus groups to investigate physicians’ interests and opinions about possible interventions designed to promote spirituality in the workplace.