Road to Resilience

A podcast that brings you stories and insights to help you thrive in a challenging world. From fighting burnout and trauma, to building resilient families and communities, we explore what’s possible when science meets the human spirit. Powered by the best experts in the world.

The Burnout Crisis

The Burnout Crisis

This conversation, between Gail Gazelle, MD, and Lauren Peccoralo, MD, discusses doctor burnout – its growing frequency and what to do about it. Listen Now
Matching Mind & Body

Matching Mind & Body

Joshua Safer, MD, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, discusses the importance of individualized care in transgender medicine. Listen Now
Recipes for Resilience

Recipes for Resilience

Cooking isn’t just for sustenance; it’s also an act of love and, sometimes, courage. These are lessons professional chef James Kelly knows all too well— having fed first responders on 9/11, faced off against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, and undergone a double-lung transplant linked to his time at Ground Zero. Listen Now
Life as a Hero’s Journey

Life as a Hero’s Journey

Thinking about the structure of the Hero’s Journey —how film and novel characters overcome challenges— can help you see your own life in a new light, says Benjamin Rogers, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Listen Now
In Sickness & Health

In Sickness & Health

This interview, between Sarah Bannon, PhD, and Jonathan M. DePierro, PhD, focuses on the importance of social support in building resilience, especially at the intersection of resilience and neurological disease. The two psychologists discuss connections among resourcefulness, optimism, relationships, and resilience, especially when it comes to dementia. Listen Now
Education Through Autism

Education Through Autism

Raising an autistic child presents special challenges and joys. In these two interviews, Alexander Kolevzon, MD, presents the researcher-physician perspective and Marli Marinelli discusses caring for her autistic son. Listen Now
Thriving With Down Syndrome

Thriving With Down Syndrome

Medical collaboration and realistic optimism can help Down syndrome patients and their families enjoy a good quality of life, says geneticist Ibrahim Elsharkawi, MD. Listen Now
Surviving Domestic Violence

Surviving Domestic Violence

Rebuilding a life after domestic violence can be challenging, explains neurologist Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD, and survivor Elizabeth DeJesus. Listen Now
When Hearts Attack

When Hearts Attack

Recuperating from a heart attack requires resilience and teamwork, explains cardiologist Marc Miller, MD. Listen Now
The Trials of Scientific Research

The Trials of Scientific Research

Genetics research requires knowledge, ingenuity, and resilience, explains molecular biologist Dr. Brian Brown. Listen Now
The Brain & Body Under Social Stress

The Brain & Body Under Social Stress

Researching how mice respond to emotional challenges can provide lessons in resilience for humans, finds psychologist/researcher Scott Russo. Listen Now
The Challenges of Schizophrenia

The Challenges of Schizophrenia

Thriving with schizophrenia requires resilience, explains psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Charney. He discusses the challenges and strengths of his patients. Listen Now
Zlata’s Diary

Zlata’s Diary

Author and filmmaker Zlata Filipovic discusses the role of resilience in helping her and her family survive war in Sarajevo. Listen Now
Bridging Parenting and Recovery

Bridging Parenting and Recovery

For pregnant people suffering from addiction, recovery is fraught with stigma and setbacks. Dr. Leah Habersham, the director of Mount Sinai’s Bridge Program, offers a glimpse of their journey. Listen Now
Physical Endurance Breeds Resilience

Physical Endurance Breeds Resilience

Lesley Paterson discusses how resilience led to five triathlon world titles and a prize-winning film—and how the first accomplishment helped fuel the second. Listen Now
Interpreting Resilience

Interpreting Resilience

For Alessa Ramos, facing paraplegia wasn't the end; it was the beginning. Listen Now
The Dog Will See You Now

The Dog Will See You Now

Ali Spikestein discusses how cuddling with facility dogs can help build resilience in patients, particularly in children Listen Now
Approaches to Building Resilience

Approaches to Building Resilience

Dr. Barbara Sahakian discusses what her research with children and teens teaches us about building resilience after childhood trauma. Listen Now
Women’s Health is Everyone’s Right

Women’s Health is Everyone’s Right

Most biomedical research focuses on men; Michal Elovitz, MD, is working to change that Listen Now
The Cold Chill of Seasonal Depression

The Cold Chill of Seasonal Depression

When seasonal affective disorder—also called seasonal depression—gets you down, your own resilience skills can help. Listen Now
When a Family Experiences a Homicide

When a Family Experiences a Homicide

Witnessing the murder of her sister changed Leslie Schlachter’s life forever. A physician’s assistant at Mount Sinai, she discusses her long journey to recovery from PTSD and the impact on her work. Listen Now
A New Approach to Behavioral Health

A New Approach to Behavioral Health

A Center That Inspires Hope for Mental Illness - Grant Mitchell, MD, describes the radical new approach of the Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center. Listen Now
Modern Widows Club

Modern Widows Club

Carolyn Moor, founder of the nonprofit Modern Widows Club, on resilience lessons we acquire and practice during life's most traumatic events. Listen Now
Coping with a Rapid-Aging Disease

Coping with a Rapid-Aging Disease

On this podcast, Tiffany Wedeking discusses how she deals with progeria, a disease that ages her eight years for every 365 days that pass, through a combination of determination, humor, creativity—and resilience. Listen Now
Powering Through Internal Conflict

Powering Through Internal Conflict

Learning resilience is key to handling digestive disease, explains Dr. Laurie Keefer, Director of Psychobehavioral Research within Mount Sinai's Division of Gastroenterology Listen Now
Music Therapy

Music Therapy

When offered by a trained professional, medical music psychotherapy can help people handle stress, manage pain, or improve socialization and communication skills. Certified music therapist Caitlin Bell hits all the right notes. Listen Now
Resilience Lessons from Sully

Resilience Lessons from Sully

Former airline pilot Captain "Sully" Sullenberger offers resilience lessons brought about by his father's suicide, his years of training as a pilot and airline captain, and his famed landing of a passenger plane in the Hudson River, known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Listen Now
The Long Battle with Long COVID

The Long Battle with Long COVID

Mount Sinai experts, Dr. Zijian Chen and Dr. David Putrino, tell all you need to know about Long COVID. Listen Now
Return

Return

Road to Resilience's new host and producer Stephen Calabria takes the reins with some reflections on his professional journey and the future of the podcast. Listen Now
Road to Resilience Archive

Road to Resilience Archive

Since 2018, the podcast, Road to Resilience, has been inspiring listeners with stories of resilience and the power of the human spirit. View All Episodes