Physician Anger Management & Disruptive Physician Coaching

Physician and Surgeon Anger Management & Coaching for Anger: Coaching for Physicians helps doctors develop the skills they need to succeed…one-on-one, physician-to-physician. We provide specialized coaching for individual physicians and healthcare organizations. We offer individual anger management and disruptive physician services including intensive interventions and marathons for physicians and surgeons with a pattern of anger or disruptive behavior. 

In addition to individual coaching sessions, Coaching for Physicians offers appointments for Marathon coaching.  For an additional fee and expenses, Dr. Hudson will also come to you and provide one-on-one, confidential marathon coaching intensives in your home, office or other location. In marathon coaching, individuals meet one-on-one with Dr. Hudson for 5 hours a day and for 1-3 consecutive days. If you, or your client prefer, marathon sessions can be arranged either at Dr. Hudson’s farm in Cedar Grove, Santa Fe, NM or his uptown office location in Albuquerque. Clients stay overnight at a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast (we can help you make arrangements). Each individual or couple has a unique schedule that is worked out in advance. Marathon coaching is especially useful for physician clients who cannot attend weekly coaching sessions and need to travel from distant locations. It provides a brief, intensive and focused approach to your coaching issues and is designed to help you learn new skills in less time. 

Comments from Clients

(I)…was referred to Dr. Patrick Hudson for behavior which was considered to be aggressive (and) intimidating …I have become aware of… my non-verbal communication…I have learned and implemented techniques to use in daily interactions and stressful situations which minimize the negative impact I have on those around me…My family has benefited as welL…The service that Dr. Hudson provides should be widely available to providers. 

Dr. Patrick Hudson MD, FACS, BCC is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the National Anger Management Association. He is also a  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a Board Certified Coach. In addition to his medical degrees, he has advanced degrees in Mental Health Counseling, Medical Ethics and Liberal Arts. Dr. Hudson is an anger management specialist certified by the NAMA and is available for coaching and education. He specializes in individual anger management and emotional intelligence coaching for physicians.

In the last few years the term disruptive physician has been coined to describe doctors who are not only unhelpful or rude but whose behavior has become abusive or even violent.  It is worth remembering that not all angry doctors are disruptive and not all disruptive physicians are angry!  It is a “label” used by others to describe a doctor’s behavior and does not have any medical or diagnostic significance.

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not … easy. ~Aristotle

 If you, or a loved one, has started to develop issues with anger it is wise to seek help with an anger management coach before this label is applied to you. In other words, it is usually  best to get anger management training before someone else, like an administrator, disciplinary board or judge, mandates it for you.  In our experience, when a physician is made aware of their anger and its impact in an appropriate way, most are willing to make an effort to change their style of communication.

It is true that not all disruptive physicians are simply angry.  Some may suffer from a mental or physical illness for which they need help. While Dr. Hudson does not treat mental or physical problems, if he feels your problem cannot be helped with coaching he will refer you for further treatment and evaluation. Sometimes, it is possible for coaching to continue at the same time as additional medical or psychological treatment occurs.

The Coaching for Physicians’ anger management program for physicians is usually a one-on-one program and sessions may be completed by telephone or in person. In this way those living at a distance can complete the program with fewer visits and less disruption to their work schedule. Coaching sessions can be at your office at the discretion of Dr. Hudson (additional fee applies).

Dr. Hudson has developed an individualized anger management program for the needs of medical professionals. This is especially useful for physicians, hospital administrators, who may have difficulty with anger and frustration, especially in the work place. He is available for conflict management in the medical workplace both for one on one coaching and for departmental or organizational lectures and workshops.

National Anger Management Association (NAMA)


“Anger management … is not traditional psychotherapy or group counseling —rather it is a complex combination of insights from various …traditions that requires specific training in the field." 

Dr. Hudson is a Board Certified Coach and certified as an Anger Management Professional by Century Anger Management, a recognized global leader in the field of Anger Management training and certification. Century certified anger management is used in mental health, substance abuse, corrections, education, law enforcement, human resources, domestic violence, and pastoral counseling and for those who desire or need to work with angry and aggressive clients. The Century Anger Management model of intervention is used and accepted in most courts, probation departments, hospitals, mental health facilities, substance abuse facilities, major corporations, governmental agencies and private practices.

Dr. Hudson works with both men and women. His methods can use both group and an individualized educational or remedial coaching model. I"t is our experience that most physicians are more likely to get a prompt and lasting improvement from individual coaching rather than group coaching or education. The initial sessions are for a minimum of 10-12 sessions and meet the needs of most courts for personal anger management training. When all sessions are complete a certificate or letter of completion and attendance is provided. In addition he recommends a period of maintenance coaching, at least once a month for six months or more,  to monitor behavior and address concerns raised during the initial sessions. This helps individuals use their new skills as they meet the challenges of anger control during everyday life.

His special interest is with physicians and surgeons who are angry or exhibit disruptive behavior or other unprofessional conduct. In executive coaching and anger management, the program is tailored to the physician but in general has three parts. The first is an exploration of the nature of anger and its causes. In the second part participants learn tools for anger control and this may include:

Stress management

Empathy Development

Learning to respond instead of react

Improving self-talk

Assertive Communication

Expectation Management



In the third part, participants may explore the reasons for their anger and its frequent origins in shame and low self-esteem. A letter or certificate of completion is available when all 12 sessions are completed. In this program, Dr. Hudson often incorporates mindfulness training as part of anger management care. 


Coaching for Physicians

The Leader in Specialized Coaching for Healthcare Organizations and Physicians
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Patrick A. Hudson MD, FACS, MA, MS, MALA, BCC,Board Certified Coach,
2900 Louisiana Blvd. NE Ste E-1, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA    Telephone: 1-505-280-4284  

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Listed as a resource for physician remedial education by the Federation of State Medical Boards.  
Dr. Hudson does not practice psychotherapy, counseling or psychiatry and works only as a coach.

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