Camhanaich Coaching
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom
— Viktor Frankl
Karen J Souter      M.B., B.S., F.R.C.A., MACM.

Karen J Souter M.B., B.S., F.R.C.A., MACM.

Camhanaich (pronounced “kav-an-ach”) is a Scottish Gaelic word meaning the “half-light of dawn”
Early morning has always been a time of promise and possibility for me.

When I work with you as your coach, my promise is to help you stay true to your values as we explore all the possibilities and goals you have for your career and your life.

As your coach I will both support and challenge you to make concrete plans and take definite steps towards achieving your goals.


About me

I completed my medical degree (M.B., B.S.) and postgraduate training in Anaesthesia (FRCA) in the UK, and did neuroanesthesia fellowship training in Canada. I then practiced as a consultant anaesthetist in a university setting in England.

In 2002, I moved to the US and became a member of a large academic anesthesiology department where I served as the residency program director. During this 12-year period, I had the privilege of working with 100s of amazing women and men, helping them navigate the “choppy seas” of residency to flourish as outstanding anesthesiologists. In 2011, I received the ACGME “Parker J Palmer Courage to Teach” award in recognition of my work related to resident education and in 2015, I completed a Master’s degree in Academic Medicine (MACM). Throughout my career, I have taken an active leadership role nationally in a number of professional societies related to anesthesia and education.

In recent years, I have stepped away from the limelight of academic leadership, focusing instead on working with individual physicians. I completed professional coach training and I am certified by SeattleCoach®.

I enjoy a career as both a practicing anesthesiologist and a professional coach. In my career, I have achieved a certain amount of success as a clinician and academician and I know the joy and satisfaction a career in clinical medicine brings. I also know firsthand the challenges and personal struggles we all face.

When I work with physicians as a coach I hear about excitement and success; frustration and disappointment - these are the realities of the physician’s journey. As a coach I have the privilege of helping brilliant women and men tap into their strengths, maintain their authenticity and overcome obstacles as they navigate the rollercoaster ride our amazing profession offers.