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Spiro Coaching Institute exists to serve people who serve humanity.

Our team of expert faculty, coaches, and administrative leaders are dedicated

to creating meaningful social change through high impact coaching programs.

Our graduates coach at the intersection of

Curiosity, Mindfulness, and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.

Together we catalyze healthcare's impact on humanity.



Rob Kramer, PCC

Director of Faculty & Coaches

Rob has been a coach for over 20 years, and is the author of Stealth Coaching (Luminare Press); and Management and Leadership Skills for Medical Faculty and Healthcare Executives (Springer)*. 

Read more about Rob

Kimberly Nelson, ThM, MA

Director of Learner Success


Kimberly Nelson worked in higher education for 15 years, serving in senior administration, teaching, coordinating international programs, and mentoring instructors. 

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Kara Penfield, PhD

Institute Director

Kara’s work as an executive coach and in leadership development is informed by a career in leadership spanning over 25 years, including roles in higher education and the Center for Creative Leadership.

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*We are thrilled to share that Rob Kramer's book is, "helping solve the world's greatest challenges." Management and Leadership Skills for Medical Faculty and Healthcare Executives, A Practical Handbook is among the top used publications from Springer that concern one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

Available from Springer, or here

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Check out Kara and Rob being interviewed by AAMCC Core Skills for Coaching graduate,

Dr. Phil Pierorazio, host of the popular podcast, "Operate with Zen." This engaging discussion covers the impacts and value of coaching physicians, surgeons, and healthcare leaders, creating a culture of coaching, and the intersection of mindfulness, coaching, and professional development.  


Listen here:                                         


And subscribe to Operate with Zen where you get your podcasts.


Jane Boswick-Caffrey, MPH, MBA, PCC




Assistant VP of Organizational Effectiveness

Duke University Health System

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Craig Buchman, MD




Lindburg Professor and Chair
Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis


Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, FAAN


Chief Nurse Executive Officer

Jefferson Health System

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Priscilla Gill, EdD, MBA, PCC



Director Leadership & Organizational Development

Mayo Clinic


Angela Kashuba, PharmD

Dean; McNeill, Sr. Distinguished Professor

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Linda Love, EdD





Director of Faculty Development

University of Nebraska Medical Center


Dexter Nolley, M.Ed., SPHR, ACC, BCC

Chief Human Resources Officer

Duke Regional Hospital