Janeta Fong Tansey, MD, PhD is Principal of Virtue Medicine PC and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Following her M.D. (1995, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine), she completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Iowa (1995-1999). Her Ph.D. (2008, University of Iowa) is in Modern Religious Thought, with expertise in ethics, existential and phenomenological philosophy, and philosophy of consciousness. She has particular interest in 20th century Jewish existential thought, also including expertise in Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas, and Viktor Frankl.
A practitioner in mind-body medicine, existential analysis and meaning-centered interventions, she is licensed for the practice of medicine, and has medical board-certifications in Psychiatry (ABPN, active) and Integrative Medicine (ABPS 2014 – 2021). She is Principal and CEO of her organization, Virtue Medicine, which was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to mind-body health and contemplative life. She is a Diplomate Clinician with the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (2019), with a thesis focusing on Franklian philosophy as applicable to professional demoralization and burnout, yielding an integrated curriculum for managing demoralization in professional life that is in ongoing use. Dr. Tansey is also a Board-Certified Coach (CCE) with a specialty designation in Executive, Corporate, and Leadership Coaching, and an Associate Certified Coach in the International Coaching Federation. In her psychiatric practice and coaching work, she focuses on the care of those in the helping professions, with particular expertise in the management of trauma and secondary trauma. She is also an active consultant in areas of ethics and professionalism, with previous service in hospital-based clinical ethics and palliative medicine.
Dr. Tansey’s scholarly activities and collaborations invite the strengthening of authenticity, meaningfulness, and virtue in professional life, leadership, and organizational communication. In her work with the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, she is particularly interested in facilitating dialogue with practitioners and scholars in the practice and philosophy in existential analysis, celebrating the distinctiveness of and exploring the fertile opportunities for Franklian philosophy and the primary sources of the Logotherapy canon to bring depth, breadth, and height to existential therapy, thought, and community. Her teaching style focuses on supporting a rigorous engagement with primary texts and their context in the history of ideas, and teaching the principles of maieutic presence towards activation of conscience and its noetic discernment.