Penelope Hsu, MD, a Pediatrician & Certified Professional Coach

Get to know Pediatrician & Certified Professional Coach Dr. Penelope Hsu, who serves patients in New York.

Recognized as direct and caring, Dr. Hsu is a board-certified pediatrician and certified professional coach. Her current practice includes clinical pediatric care, private coaching, and delivering leadership development programs for hospitals, health centers, and agencies working to achieve a balanced, sustainable work culture.

Her particular focus is on creating a culture of wellness that allows the medical professionals who do so much for others finally find a reprieve for themselves. Having suffered from burnout herself during residency, she is passionate about coaching other physicians on preventing and recovering from this epidemic. As a first-generation Asian American, she is also familiar with the pressure of continuing to perform perfectly for an exacting Chinese family. Her work includes this unique perspective and her strategies and teachings incorporate this culturally sensitive lens.  

She draws on her clinical and personal experience to deliver workshops on stress management and other burnout prevention tools. She has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, as well as several community health organizations in New York. Her passion for helping fellow physicians led her to join the physician burnout coaching team at as well as Vital Worklife to reach a broader audience of healthcare professionals. 

Academically, Dr. Hsu graduated cum laude with a double major in biology and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She then attended Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and graduated in the top 15% of her class. She completed her pediatric residency at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Hospital, and later obtained certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). 

Passionate about full-spectrum care, caring for everyone from infants to adults, she is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The mission of the ABP is to advance child health by certifying pediatricians who meet standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement. She has also achieved the designation of Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coaching Federation. 

With her coaching philosophy guided by her unique background, Dr. Hsu incorporates tools and insights from her clinical world as well as the holistic spiritual training she has received. She has honed her intuition through practices such as Access Consciousness, a method using bodywork to clear negative thought patterns. Her performance skills as an actor bring a vibrant quality to her in-person workshops.

Her unique pediatric perspective – understanding that most patterns of behavior stem from childhood – allows her to explore her client’s needs deeply and create life changing, transformational experiences for them.

“My mission now is to provide guidance to any and all who have experienced the dissonance between the life they are living and the life they want. My background as a physician, performer, and Asian American gives me particular insight and passion for working with these communities. I apply all the skills that I’ve amassed over my career in medicine, the performing arts, and in life to help people find the balance, purpose, and passion that motivates them to achieve their highest potential” expressed Dr. Hsu.

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends individuals be under pediatric care up to the age of 21. Pediatricians provide medical care to people ranging in age from newborns to young adults. They are trained to examine, diagnose, and treat children with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses through all of their developmental stages, as they grow and mature.

Dr. Hsu’s other passions include performing – she is a proud card-carrying SAG-AFTRA member. She has appeared on various television shows (including General Hospital) and on stage in both Los Angeles and New York. Acting, hiking, running by any beach, and enjoying a nice Sangiovese are all ways she uses to decompress and maintain balance in her own life.

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