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Meet The Doctor Who Saves Doctors

Pamela Wible

Physicians are in the business of saving lives but they have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession.  An estimated 400 doctors a year take their own lives. Pamela Wible is a physician in Eugene, Oregon and she’s devoted a big part of her career to helping doctors cope with thoughts of suicide.

As you can probably tell, this is a tough subject that’s not appropriate for all listeners. KPLU’s Gabriel Spitzer talked with Wible and she told him the moment she realized just how big a problem physician suicide really is.

Doctor Pamela Wible is a family physician in Eugene, Oregon. She spoke with KPLU’s Gabriel Spitzer for our show Sound Effect which you can hear on Saturday mornings at 10. 

This story originally was aired on the Someone Saved My Life Tonight: Sound Effect, Episode 28

Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer of Sound Effect, KNKX's "weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live." Gabriel was previously KNKX's Science and Health Reporter. He joined KNKX after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.
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