TeLinde Lecturer: 10:30 AM  Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Amit Sood, MD (Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic-MN)
"Building Resilience"

Dr. Sood holds the rank of professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. He serves as chair of the Mind Body Medicine Initiative and director of student wellness for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He provides resiliency and stress management consults to patients at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sood completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree in clinical research from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has received several National Institutes of Health grants and foundation awards to test and implement integrative and mind-body approaches within medicine. 

Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward mind-body medicine by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, philosophy and biomedical research. His resulting program, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART©) has now been adapted as Mayo Clinic Resilient Living. The program helps patients learn skills to decrease stress and enhance resiliency by improving awareness of how the human brain operates, and through that awareness develop practices for stronger and deeper attention and emotional resilience. The program reaches approximately 50,000 patients and learners each year. The program has been tested in 20 completed clinical trials.  

Dr. Sood’s programs are offered for a wide variety of patients and learners including to improve resiliency; decrease stress and anxiety; enhance well-being, happiness and mindfulness; improve health behaviors; enhance coping in patients with chronic illness; and wellness solutions for caregivers, corporate executives, health care professionals, parents, and students. At Mayo Clinic, SMART© program is now available enterprise-wide to the staff and integrated within the leadership and burnout curriculum for physicians, nurses, and medical students.  

Dr. Sood has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, book chapters, abstracts and letters. He has developed award-winning patient education DVDs on topics within integrative medicine ranging from paced breathing meditation and mindfulness to wellness solutions for obesity, insomnia and fibromyalgia. He developed the first Mayo Clinic iPhone app for meditation training. Dr. Sood is author of the books “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living”,  “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness”, and “Immerse: A 52-Week Course in Resilient Living