Interview with Dr. Jarret Patton

On this week's episode of the PNC podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jarret Patton, author, speaker and the ultimate physician advocate.

Jarret is a successful physician hospital leader and beloved pediatrician. Recently, he has devoted his efforts to speaking, writing and coaching physicians and other leaders.

That transition was not part of his career plan. It occurred following an unexpected life-altering situation. In today’s interview, Jarret explains what happened and how it changed his career trajectory.

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Dr. Patton's Background

Dr. Jarret Patton is a coach, national speaker, award-winning author, and podcaster. He worked for many years as a pediatrician and hospital leader prior to beginning his full-time nonclinical activities and becoming the ultimate physician advocate.

He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospitals.

Jarret is the founder and CEO of DoctorJarret, PLLC, a firm which helps educate, enlighten, and improve healthcare. He does this through his books, coaching programs, and public speaking.

I always enjoy talking with Jarret. He is so positive and encouraging. He reached a high point in his medical leadership career, balancing his position as the medical executive for an eight-hospital system with part-time clinical duties.

However, his career took a sudden unexpected detour when he became embroiled in a legal matter that resulted in the temporary loss of his job, and suspension of his medical license. With the support of his family and friends, and a capable attorney, he fought the necessary legal battles to clear his name.


But the trauma of that experience opened his eyes to the huge legal and financial risks that physicians face. In reaching out to others in similar situations, he was struck by the lack of due process. He discovered numerous situations in which physicians' lives had been destroyed by unsubstantiated accusations and unaccountable state licensing boards and so-called physician health committees.

The Ultimate Physician Advocate

That is what inspired Jarret to pivot to a career in which he supports other physicians facing similar challenges. He has shifted elegantly to speaking, writing and coaching, with a focus on leadership and career transition for physicians experiencing these kinds of life-altering allegations.

One of the most common themes of every story… is that we as physicians aren't prepared for this type of assault.

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I’ve gotten to know Jarret since first hearing about him and reading his book: Licensed to Live: A Primer to Rebuilding Your Life After Your Career Has Been Shattered.* one year ago. His ability to shift gears in the face of adversity, and not become cynical in the process, is a testament to his core values and integrity.

I first had the opportunity to speak with him on his podcast, also called Licensed to Live. You can listen to our conversation by going to your favorite podcast app, or his web site at He is definitely someone you should follow.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, and need help working through the process, you can reach out to Jarret using the links below. He's also available to speak to medical groups and hospital staffs to explain how to avoid these career-crushing threats.

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