Episode 37: Facing Your Own Darkness with Dr. Rola Hallam – humanitarian and coach

Rola and I were in tears several times as we shared and I listened to her incredible story and advocacy. Listen to her sage advice about physician identity and burnout. You’ll be inspired by her wisdom and journey of burnout to advocacy to humanitarian work.

Rola was born a doctor. She just didn’t know that her home country of Syria would shatter into a million pieces, killing over 30 members of her family and that she would wield her voice, stethoscope and humanity as weapons greater than bullets and bombs. Dr Rola is an award-winning physician, humanitarian, campaigner, speaker, social entrepreneur and coach. She’s the first Syrian TED Fellow and the founder of CanDo – a humanitarian organization supporting frontline health and aid workers to save children’s lives in their war-devastated communities. She has helped build 7 hospitals in Syria, including the first-ever crowdfunded hospital, altogether serving over 4 million people. As a global advocate for health and human rights in conflict, she has shared the stages with presidents, celebrities and grassroots activists. She is a TED and Google speaker, and her work has been featured in most media from the New York Times to The Daily Show including two BBC documentaries. Her online talks have been seen over 11 million times, inspiring thousands to become change-makers. Rola believes the world needs more visionaries, idealists, rebels and troublemakers- people who stand up, speak out and lead for change. She is on a mission to make this a reality, to support people facing illness, injustice and indifference and not just survive but thrive. After recovering from burnout and trauma, Dr Rola emerged a warrior embodying the power of Rumi’s poetry “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I Am changing myself”

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