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About Me

I’m a practicing emergency physician and executive coach at Mayo Clinic. As program director of leadership development for the Mayo Clinic Care Network, I coach senior leaders, facilitate retreats, and deliver programs that train leaders at healthcare organizations worldwide. I am also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller You’re the Leader. Now What?

Richard Winters MD

Recent Academic Publications

Winters RCChan TMBarth BE. Five hats of effective leaders: teacher, mentor, coach, supervisor and sponsor.

Winters, RC, Chan, TM. Reconciling resident feedback: a disorienting dilemma of adult development. Can J Emerg Med 25, 105–107 (2023).

Winters RC, Chen R, Lal S, ChanTM. Six Principles for Developing Leadership Training Ecosystems in Health Care. Academic Medicine 97(6):p 793-796, June 2022.


I am an emergency physician at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. I provide executive coaching and deliver leadership programs at Mayo Clinic and for the national and international members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. I serve as chair of finance for the department of emergency medicine and on the department executive committee, strategy committee, personnel committee, and enterprise specialty council.

Prior to my work at Mayo Clinic, I served as managing partner of a democratic physician group, chair of emergency medicine, president of an 800-physician medical staff, and CEO/founder of a managed care startup.

In 1994, I graduated from the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. I am board certified and residency trained in Emergency Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco at Fresno. I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas Executive and Professional Coaching Program and am a professional certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. I completed a Healthcare Management Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I live in Rochester, Minnesota with my family.


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Podcast Appearances

The Strategy Skills Podcast 

Two Pages with Michael Bungay Stanier

Creating Confidence with Heather Monahan

Keen On Podcast with Andrew Keen