Chia-Shing Yang

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Physician leader Chia-Shing Yang, in brief.

March 30, 2023
3 Minutes
Chia-Shing Yang

Home: Chicagoland.  Profession: Healthcare.  Organization: Sound Physicians.  Title: Regional Chief Medical Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce (B.S.); Eastern Virginia Medical School (M.D.).

Recent professional development: As someone who trends towards “less talk, more action,” I’m leaning into communicating more broadly and engaging as part of the larger community conversation.  Latest accomplishment: In line with the goal above, sharing my leadership journey on-stage at the most recent annual American Association for Physician Leadership conference.  Latest contribution to others: Spending time on-panel at Becker’s 13th Annual Conference in Chicago to talk leadership, innovation, and values based culture in healthcare.  Hobbies: Collecting stories of places been, people met, experiences had.  Recent travel or adventure: Family trips; children really know what it means to have a perspective.  Recent unique acquisition: Brass opera glasses that still work, a thrift shop find from my grandfather-in-law.

Personality profile: Optimistic realist.  Moral compass: The Golden Rule.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Like family.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Healthcare is about people and based on relationships with patients and care teams.  Here, doing it right means business needs to get personal.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Well, actually…. What natural talent have you neglected? Ability to deep flow work.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Orient Express; Trans-Siberian Railway; Silk Road; history’s highways.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? I call it “choose your own adventure”.  Just enough planning to know the options for each day, not so much that you are locked into a rigid timetable.

What was your first paying job? Piano accompanist for ballet classes.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Obscure art by the celebrities of my family.  What is your favorite app? Calendars.  The ability to share and view them side-by-side is such an improvement over the Day Planner, and a game-changer.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Love it or hate it, the element of unpredictability that is part of the physician training “match” process for specialties has carted our family off to different places of the country and opened surprising opportunities. 

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? 

Empowering bedside teams to practice at the top of their profession by solving for sustainable high quality healthcare for entire communities.  

What widely held belief do you reject? That work-life balance can be defined.  What mega-trend most excites you? How AI will transform work, particularly in healthcare, and how it might assume the systemic administrative burden.  What mega-trend most concerns you? AI magnification of both the best and worst of human nature. 

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Much Madness: A Musical.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A tennis pro.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My glasses.  I’d struggle to survive without them.  What advice would you give your younger self? Keep the work ethic, keep the persistence, keep the optimism.  Drop the anxiety. 

Personal motto: Leave (it) better than you found (it).  Favorite quote: “Less judgement than wit is more sail than ballast” (William Penn).

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