Timothy Riley, MD

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    Research interests

    Dr. Timothy Riley is interested in understanding and ameliorating the epidemic of clinician burnout that threatens the health care workforce and the safety of patients. He is passionate about using mindfulness as a method to address challenging chronic problems and exploring how this proven modality can be delivered to resource-limited settings in the post-COVID19 world.

    Dr. Riley has also published clinical reviews on COPD, asthma and allergic rhinitis. 

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Timothy Riley has extensive experience in residency education, where he seeks to find new ways to position the next generation of clinicians to provide high-quality, safe and compassionate care through curricula in well-being, humanities, practice management and quality improvement. 

    He has developed and taught many courses for Penn State Health's Family and Community Medicine Residency (Hershey, Pa.), including humanities, diagnostic imaging, wellness, quality improvement and health systems management. He regularly precepts residents in their outpatient continuity clinics and teaches residency didactic sessions, while also serving as an adviser and mentor for many family and community medicine residents.

    Dr. Riley has also created and taught sessions for Penn State College of Medicine's Junior Faculty Development Program on values, burnout and vitality.

    He has led sessions on well-being and mindfulness for varied audiences, including faculty, residents, medical students, nurses, medical staff, undergraduate students and the public. He also enjoys outpatient clinical teaching with medical and physician assistant students.

    Dr. Riley helped to launch the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at Penn State Health and teaches several eigh-week cycles of the program each year.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Timothy Riley enjoys the full scope of family medicine in the outpatient clinical setting, treating adults and children. He has participated in numerous quality improvement and safety projects to enhance the clinic experience for patients and improve health outcomes. 

    Professional information

    Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, University of Massachusetts, 2018

    Board-certified in family medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2015

    Member, American Academy of Family Physicians

    Member, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Junior Faculty Development Program, Participant, Penn State College of Medicine


    Family Medicine, Residency, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine

    … → 2005

    MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University

    … → 2002

    Biology, BS (magna cum laude), University of Richmond

    … → 1998

    External positions

    Co-Chair-Elect, Collaborative on Professional Well-Being, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

    2019 → …


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