Jillian is an award-winning physician, musician, writer and podcaster. She is associate professor of internal medicine and associate head of internal medicine at the University of Manitoba and directs the Alan Klass Health Humanities Program. She has completed a longitudinal internship in teaching mindful practice at the University of Rochester and chief wellness officer training at Stanford University.
Her writing about medicine appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's and Medscape. She hosts the novel series “Arts, Medicine and #Life” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
In April 2020 she was awarded the prestigious AFMC–Gold Humanism Award by the Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare, Canada, and by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada for her contributions to compassion in clinical care and her leadership in the field of humanities in medical education. Her first full-length book, We Are All Perfectly Fine, about mindfulness, self-compassion and bringing our whole selves to clinical practice, is a national bestseller.