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p>WPS CME Event on October 16, 2016

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WPS CME Event on September 25, 2016

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Area 3 Meeting

WPS Leaders attended the Area 3 meeting in Baltimore on September 10, 2016. Pictured (l to r): Roger Peele, MD, DLFAPA; Elizabeth Morrison, MD, DFAPA; Eliot Sorel. .MD, DFAPA; Constance E. Dunlap, MD, DFAPA.


The African Diaspora Global Mental Health Conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 17-18, 2016, in memory of Harvard Professor, Dr. Chester M. Pierce. The successful conference included colleagues from Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. Doctors David Satcher, Rahn K. Bailey, Altha Stewart, and Eliot Sorel were among those who participated and contributed scientifically to the success of the scientific program. Click here to see booklet


Depression and Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran and Romania research project led by Eliot SOREL, MD
were published in the International Medical Journal of Japan in its April, 2016 issue. Data from this first of a kind research project was the basis for the Innovation Booth Dr. Sorel and his colleagues​, Layan Zhang, MD & Miguel Alampay, MD,​ presented at the World Bank/WHO/NIMH Global Mental Health Innovators Fair held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health April 13-15, 2016. Shabab Wahid and Chelsea Frakes, MISPH students enrolled in this spring the Global Mental Health course​ directed by Dr Sorel,​ assisted with the development of the booth and hosted the visitors to it.


Eliot Sorel named to the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange Policy Board. For more information on this board, click here.






Nowhere to Go: How Restrictions on Psychiatric Beds Harm Individuals with Mental Illness

WHAT: The American Psychiatric Association is sponsoring a briefing examining the impact of the shortage of psychiatric beds across the United States. Speakers will address how ongoing federal policies, such as the Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion under Medicaid, hinder the ability of physicians to fully meet the treatment needs of people with serious mental illness. Current law prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funding for care provided to most adults in mental health and substance use disorder residential treatment facilities larger than 16 beds. Because of the exclusion and other related policies, many facilities offering inpatient psychiatric treatment services have closed or decreased their capacity to treat serious mental illness. The briefing is cosponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.

WHO:Leading experts in psychiatry, mental health and health care systems, including:

  • Renée Binder, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association, Professor of Psychiatry, Founding Director of the Psychiatry and Law Program and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., President and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System
  • Joe Parks, M.D., Director, MO HealthNet, Missouri’s Medicaid authority
  • Mark J. Covall, President and CEO, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rayburn Office Building, Room 2322 Independence Ave., between First Street, SW and South Capitol Street
MORE INFORMATION: Contact APA at press@psych.org or 703-907-8640.


WPS Announces 2015 Award Winners
The Washington Psychiatric Society is pleased announced the 2015 Awards recipients. A big thank you to Dr. Joe Collins and the Awards Committee for their service and diligence.

  • Wellstone Award - Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland
  • Psychiatrist of the Year- George Kolodner, MD, DLFAPA
  • Resident of the Year- Miguel Alampay, MD
  • Distinguished Service Award - Robert Johnson, MD, DFAPA
  • Community Service Award - Erminia Scarcella, MD, DLFAPA
  • Lifetime Service Award - Eliot Sorel, MD, DLFAPA
  • Lifetime Service Award - Harold Eist, MD. DLFAPA
  • Special Service to WPS - Doralee Billings
  • Past-President's Award - Gary Soverow, DLFAPA

The awards were presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on April 30 at the Columbia Country Club.


Dr. Eliot Sorel Named Chair of APA Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus

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With the assistance of the APA Office of Communications and Public Affairs, we are exploring the WPS membership interest in participating in a training session for interacting with members of the media. This training would help us to reach out to members of the media to encourage appropriate commentary about psychiatric issues of community interest and importance. The training would likely occur on a future Saturday or Sunday yet to be determined. If you have interest in attending such a session, please email WPS Public Affairs Representative Charles Kaelber, providing your contact information, and any topics of special interest or expertise you have.


WPS 2015 Election Report
A total of 60 ballots were received in an uncontested election. This represents about 6% of the members eligible to vote.

As prescribed by the WPS Policies and Procedures Guide, a Tellers Committee of non-board members certified the election results. The tellers consisted of Drs. Valerie Buyse, Rodney Drake, Shira Rubenstein, and Darlinda Minor.

President - Elect -- Dr. Joe Collins - 59 votes
Secretary - Dr. Chris Raczynski - 60 votes
Representative at Large- Dr. Farooq Mohyuddin - 59 votes
Assembly Delegate - Dr. Roger Peele - 59 votes
ECP Representative - Dr. Mark Niciu - 56 votes
RFM Representative - Dr. Ashley Cesar - 54 votes
RFM Representative - Dr. Layan Zhang - 53 votes
1 write-in vote for RFM Representative - Danielle Hairston


Mental Health Privacy Update
Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 2015:Bill 21-0007 the Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 20151 was introduced on January 4, 2015 and a hearing was scheduled for February 4, 2015. The proposed bill would permit mental health information to be shared within a health care system based on HIPAA release of information criteria. Read more


WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress -June 24-27
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New Benefits from APA

Risk Management courses: The APA/DBs partnered with our endorsed medical liability carrier American Professional Agency (APA, Inc) to create 9 risk management courses. These APA PRA Category I Credit™ courses are free for members and also count towards the three hours required to receive a 5% discount off your professional liability policy. They can be found at www.psych.org/psychiatrists/practice/risk-management

New APA Learning Center (For RFMs): Resident and Fellow members have free access to over 40 online courses designed to supplement and reinforce what RFMs are learning in the patient care setting and to help them prepare for the business side of medicine. Find these and other RFM benefits at www.psychiatry.org/residents

New APA Learning Center (General member content): Top-notch education designed to advance clinical and practice management skills and promote quality patient care. Earn CME credit with over 40 on-demand courses, which are either substantially discounted for members or, in some cases, free. Also, fulfill MOC Part 4 requirements by participating in Performance in Practice (PIP) Physician Practice Assessment Tools (free for APA members, $399 for non-members). Credits completed through the APA Learning Center will automatically be conveyed to ABPN and not be subject to audit. Visit the APA Learning center at http://education.psychiatry.org/

Members can opt in to the APA’s Find a Psychiatrist database that helps patients find psychiatrists by geographic and practice area. This is a great member benefit to help psychiatrists connect with new patients: http://finder.psychiatry.org/

Find leaders, policies, historic information, colleagues and more at http://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/search-directories-databases

Find leadership opportunities and over forty APA awards at http://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/awards-leadership-opportunities


Dignity in Mental Health volume in observance of World Mental Health Day 2015
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PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015" Video Presentation Posted to YouTube
A video recording of the "PQRS/Value-Based Provider Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015" presentation has been posted to the CMS MLN Connects® page on YouTube. This presentation is the same as the webinars that were delivered on March 31, 2015 and April 7, 2015 by the Philadelphia Regional Office. A link to the video can be found here: https://youtu.be/Ww0oH-FhaYM

Senators Propose Mental Health Reform Act Of 2015
The New Orleans Times-Picayune (8/5, Alpert) reports that yesterday, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a physician, "joined together...to offer up legislation they hope will result in a substantial upgrade in mental health services." The legislation proposed by the senators "would encourage states to break down walls between primary care and mental health care." One of the bill's provisions would "clarify that federal privacy laws shouldn't stop mental health professionals from sharing with family members treatment steps and what Cassidy said are 'important signs to be on the look out for' following treatment." Another would "set up an assistant secretary of mental health and substance abuse post at the Department of Health and Human Services." National Journal (8/5, Owens, Subscription Publication) explains that the Murphy-Cassidy legislation "works to integrate physical and mental-health care systems, establishes new grant programs for early intervention, improves mental-health services within Medicare and Medicaid, strengthens enforcement of mental-health parity, and establishes committees and roles to specifically work on mental-illness issues." The Hill (8/5, Sullivan) reports that "a more controversial provision involves Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), where a judge can order someone with mental illness to follow a treatment plan." Modern Healthcare (8/5, Muchmore, Subscription Publication) reports that the legislation is titled “the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015" and "is a companion bill to a revised House bill brought forth last month by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)."

WPA Bucharest Statement on Collaborative & Integrated Care

Psychiatric News: WPA Calls for UN Member States to Back Integrated Care
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) adopted a statement in June calling on United Nations member states to move toward collaborative and integrated mental health care as a means of “achieving total health for all in the 21st century.” The statement was approved by a unanimous vote of the WPA executive committee during the WPA 2015 International Congress in Bucharest, Romania. In it, the association describes the global burden of mental disorders, which often appear in youth and are largely treated in primary care settings. Read MORE


Eliot Sorel Elected Chair of APA Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus
Eliot SOREL MD, Senior Scholar in the Office of Clinical Practice Innovations and Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Policy & Management and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University is the first elected Chair of the newly established APA Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus.

The Caucus was proposed by the CLM members who participated in the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress and approved by the APA Board of Trustees. The coauthors of this proposal included WPS/CLM leaders, Doctors Veronica Slootsky, Rajeev Sharma, Mona Thapa, Milangel Concepcion, Urooj Saeed and Layan Zhang.

The election results for the Chairmanship position of the APA GMHPC were as follows: David Baron, M.S.Ed, D.O: 21%, Eliot Sorel, MD: 79%.



Layan Zhang and Miguel Alampay Chosen as Chief Residents
We are pleased to inform our WPS members that our CLM leaders, Doctors Layan Zhang and Miguel Alampay have been selected to be Chief Residents at their institutions, next year. CLM is is proud of them both wish and them much success in the next year and beyond.


Member Article Published on Neuroimaging in Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr. Veronica Slootsky, Resident Physician at George Washington University, wrote an article that was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry Resident's Journal. The article discusses advancements in neuroimaging in Borderline Personality Disorder. View article here


DC Physician Licensure
The physician license renewal period opened October 1, 2014. MSDC Members may contact the Medical Society at (202) 466-1800 with questions or issues related to the physician license renewal period. Members have access to a range of FREE HIV/AIDS CME opportunities to help meet the District's new HIV/AIDS CME requirement.For information about these CME opportunities, contact Pia Duryea at 202-355-9414 or duryes@msdc.org.


WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress -June 24-27
Dr. Sorel would like to invite all WPS members to join him at this historic congress at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest Romania in June 24-27, 2015. Download information here.


Slate of Candidates Announced for the 2015 APA Election
The APA Nominating Committee, chaired by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., reports the following slate of candidates for the 2015 Election. This slate is considered public, but not official, until the Board of Trustees approves it at their December 2014 meeting. The deadline for petition candidates is November 15, 2014. All candidates and supporters should review the updated Election Guidelines. For more election information, please visit the Election section under the Board of Trustees on the APA website or email election@psych.org.

Barton J. Blinder, MD, PhD
Maria A. Oquendo, MD
Charles F. Reynolds III, MD

Rahn K. Bailey, MD, DFAPA
Altha J. Stewart, MD

Lama Bazzi, MD
Paul O’Leary, MD

Curley L. Bonds, MD
Gail E. Robinson, MD

Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH
Anthony J. Rothschild, MD

Ronald M. Burd, MD
Shastri Swaminathan, MD

Jeffrey Akaka, MD
Stephen L. Brown, MD
Annette M. Matthews, MD

Alicia Barnes, DO, MPH
Stella Cai, MD
Sarah Schmidhofer, MD


Addiction, Global Mental Health Are Passions of Young Psychiatrist From Nepal
Psychiatric News, September 15
Although Mona Thapa, M.D., had heard about human trafficking in her native Nepal, it was her experience with a victim of the practice in Washington, D.C., that ignited her interest. Early-career psychiatrist and APA Diversity Leadership Fellow Mona Thapa, M.D., had much to be grateful for while growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mona Thapa, M.D.: "I was interested in addiction psychiatry even before coming to the U.S. While living in Kathmandu, Nepal, I observed various teenagers falling into drug addiction."

"My parents placed great emphasis on education and encouraged my brother and me to pursue our professional dreams," she recalled during a recent interview. "They also urged us to contribute to society to the best of our abilities." But there was also a dark side to growing up in Nepal, she admitted.

The Maoist uprising and violence in Nepal during the 1990s filled her with anxiety and insecurity about the future. At the same time, she observed with dismay some teens in her neighborhood succumbing to drug abuse. "It was a nice neighborhood," she explained, "but drugs were easily accessible. In some sense, it was still part of the 'hippie trail.' Forty or 50 years ago, hippies had flocked to Kathmandu because you could buy hashish in shops without any legal consequences." Read full story


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ms. NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Dr. William Lawson for his work as the Dean of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Howard University. Dr. Lawson has published over eighty-five articles, books, and other publications involving mental illness and its relationship to psychopharmacology, substance abuse and racial and ethnic issues, and is also an outspoken advocate for access to services for the severely mentally ill.

Dr. Lawson received his bachelor's degree from Howard University, master's from the University of Virginia, Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and his M.D. from the University of Chicago, completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

He has been named one of "America's Leading Black Doctors" by Black Enterprise Magazine, was the Andrea Delgado Honoree and Lecturer for the Black Psychiatrists of America, received the Jeanne Spurlock Award, E.Y. Williams Clinical Scholar Distinction Award from the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Section of the National Medical Association, a Multicultural Workplace Award from the Veterans Administration for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of diversity and multicultural understanding, recognized as a national mentor by the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, numerous awards for excellence in teaching, and state, federal, and foundation support for pharmacological research new and effective treatments.

Dr. Lawson is boarded in Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in Drug and Alcohol Addictions. He is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, National Depression and Manic Depressive Society, and on the boards of the DC Mental Health Association for the DC Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He is currently directing a $6.5 million contract with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Program to research Mood and Anxiety Disorders in African Americans and other minorities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Dr. William Lawson for his extraordinary works in the field of Psychiatry.


WPA 2014 Madrid Congress and WPA 2015 Bucharest Congress
Warmest congratulations to our CLM team that shined at the WPA 2014 Madrid Congress. Dr. Zhang in the Depression & Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran, Romania symposium and Dr Concepcion with the Poster on Human Trafficking. Doctors Thapa & Slootsky also contributed to the poster generation.
We are now preparing the next WPA 2015 Bucharest Congress IC at the Palace of Parliament, 24-27 June, 2015. Please virtually visit it at www.wpa2015bucharest.org. Hope you will join us there next June!

"Two. Is. Enough. D.C." forms to oppose marijuana legalization effort in the District
Dr. Lawson recently spoke at a press conference with former congressman Kennedy speaking against marijuana legalization (but not decriminalization). Read full article here.


Meeting with Dr. Paul Gionfrido
Dr. Lawson president of Mental Health America - DC as well as chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences chaired a meeting at Howard with Dr. Paul Gionfrido, Mental Health America national President.


The latest issue of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health's free quarterly newsletter, Mental Health Works, is now available online. This edition includes:

  • Employer Feature - DuPont Understands a Way Forward
  • Shifting to Integrated Care Will Save Health System Huge Sums, Report Finds
  • How to Evaluate Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Programs in the Workplace
  • Why Eating Disorders Matter to Employers

Mental Health Works is available in both digital magazine and PDF formats. To ensure that you receive Mental Health Works, visit the subscribe page on the Partnership website.

As District Branches of the APA, we encourage you to use Mental Health Works in your outreach efforts. Here are some ideas for how to do so:

  • Reprint an article in your newsletter (just cut and paste it from the PDF format. (Let us know if we can help.)
  • Post the issue of Mental Health Works to your DB website, or provide a link to the Partnership's website for employers, www.workplacementalhealth.org.
  • Make print copies available at your next branch meeting (simply print from the PDF, or contact us and we'll provide hard copies).
  • Share it with your employer contacts! Everyone has employer contacts, and it doesn’t have to be an CEO to make an impact. Think of the organizations you have contact with - nonprofit organizations, small or large companies located in your community, various vendors you may work with, and health organizations such as hospitals or clinics. If you're a member of a board, the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, or a community organization, consider passing it along to those contacts as well. You may wish to suggest to your contact that they pass it along to their organization's leadership and human resource staff.

Let us know if you have other ideas for how to use Mental Health Works in your community so we can share them with your DB colleagues!


WPS Awards Dinner
April 29, 2014, Columbia Country Club

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Mental Health Bill Signing
On Thursday, May 8, 2014 at St. Joseph's Villa in Richmond, Governor McAuliffe held a ceremony signing into law key mental health legislation approved by the General Assembly. Legislators from across the state joined the Governor that included; Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Senator Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Senator Donald McEachin (D-Richmond), Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Delegate John O'Bannon (R-Henrico) and Senator George Barker (D-Alexandria). See full article


WPS Member on The Today Show
WPS Member Matt Rudorfer, M.D. an Associate Director for Treatment Research at NIMH, appeared on the NBC "Today Show" on June 3, in a story on "Women and Depression" reported by Maria Shriver. Offering on- and off-camera comments on a novel form of synchronized transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS), Matt noted the importance of using the growing number of intervention options available to psychiatrists to personalize treatment of depression for each individual.

A week later, in observation of "Men's Health Week," Matt Rudorfer led an NIMH Twitter Chat on "Men and Depression." Important and timely topics included the challenges of diagnosing and treating depression in men, who may not recognize or follow through on the need for help, and whose externalizing symptoms often are not captured by our usual assessment approaches and DSM-5 categories.


The hard lives - and high suicide rate - of Native American children on reservations
WPS member, Dr. Elizabeth Morrison, wrote a letter to the Editor about this article. http://wapo.st/1llL5cL (posted 3/18/14)
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Reconnecting Mind and Body in Contemporary Health Systems
An in-depth look at health systems' challenges, and the opportunities for enhancing their performance, took place March 3 at EPA 2014. The symposiumexamines health system's performance from the perspectives of Finland, Romania, Spain and the US, utilising strength, weaknesses, opportunitiesand threats (SWOT) as a model of analysis, comparison and recommendations. EPA Congress News spoke to Eliot Sorel (GWU School of Medicine & School of Public Health, and Founder of the Conflict Management Section, WPA, Washington, DC, USA), who will be introducing the proceedings and concludingthem with his perspectives on the US healthcare system and the Affordable Care Act, and to Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor (Fundacion Juan J. Lopez-Ibor, Madrid, Spain), who will be speaking on the Spanish healthcare system. Read article

WPS APA Reception- January 30, 2014
WPS Reception for the APA CEO and Medical Director, Dr. Saul Levin and Staff. The event was held on January 30 at the Hyatt in Arlington, VA.

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CPT Coding Changes
Initial Evaluation Form (Word document, pdf)
Established Patient Form(Word document, pdf)

What you need to know, including reporting coding violations, click here
CPT Parity abuse APA

Any questions on the new coding procedures, please call APA: 800-343-4671 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EASTERN) or contact by email at hsf@psych.org
APA is also hosting Q&A webinars every Tuesday at Noon EST and every Thursday at 3:00pm EST for all to call in and listen to.

Integrated Care Goes Global In Depression Screening Project


Online Psychiatric Bed Registry
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Announce Launch of the Online Psychiatric Bed Registry in March 2014
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2013 Fellows
Matthew Biel, Richard Chefetz, Robert Frieman, Ronald Garson, Anil Hinnaria, Alexander Isaac, Daniel Kauffman, Gonzalo Laje, Maria Llorente, Naveen Maddineni, Sonali Mahajan, Van Nguyen, Adair Parr, Jadwiga PIasecki, Maryam Rasavi, Joshua Weiner, Lewis Winkler

2013 Distinguished Fellows
Morris Chalick, Richard Chefetz, Constance Dunlap, Charles Kaelber, Mia Kogan, Avram Mack, Elizabeth Morrison, Judith Nowak, Caroline Sehon, Marguerite Strauss, Carol Trippitelli


SPHHS clinical professor Eliot Sorel addresses the challenges in reducing brain injuries. Although the number of reported sports-related concussions in youth has risen in the past decade, and the topic has sparked an increasing amount of public interest, much remains unknown about traumatic brain injuries that can lead to severe cognitive, emotional and physical distress- or even death. The extent to which concussions occur in youth, how to properly diagnose them as well as their short- and long-term consequences is still largely a mystery, according to a new report released by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

As a global health leader, psychiatrist and soccer player, Eliot Sorel wants to strengthen the conversation and fill in the research gaps regarding young athletes and concussions. Read full article
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GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Taps James Griffith, M.D., as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2013) - The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of James L. Griffith, M.D., as the Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Griffith has served as the chair of this department in an interim capacity since 2011, and has been a member of the faculty since 1994. Griffith is also a professor of neurology at GW and serves as a psychiatric consultant for Northern Virginia Family Services in the Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma. Read full story

Global Health Leaders in Mental Health and NCDs
Dr. Elvira speaks with Dr. Elliot Sorel about mental health and NCDs. Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., is an internationally recognized global health leader, educator, health systems policy expert and practicing physician. Dr. Sorel.co-chairs the World Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on non-communicable diseases and integrated car. was and was recently appointed by Dr. David Satcher to the US Oversight Committee on Health Disparities He is a member of the Board of Trustees Work Group on American Health Reform and of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing, both of the American Psychiatric Association. He has professorial appointments in Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership in the School of Public Health as well as in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at George Washington University. more information

11th Annual Psychiatric Somatic Medicine Conference
September 28, 2013

Speaker and Author Jerome Blackman, MD, with WPS CME Committee members. From left to right: Joseph Collins, MD, Elizabeth Morrison, MD, Jerome Blackman, MD, Jessica Brown, MD, and Valerie Buyse, MD.

Speaker and Author Jerome Blackman, MD, at the 11th Annual Psychiatric\Somatic Medicine Conference, September 28, 2013. Dr. Blackman signed copies of his books, Get the Diagnosis Right, 101 Defenses and A Therapist's Answer Book

Richard Stagnato, PRMS, Inc, at the 11th Annual Psychiatric\Somatic Medicine Conference, September 28, 2013

Eliot Sorel, MD, one of key speakers at the 123rd Interagency Institute
Eliot Sorel, MD, Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Services Management & Leadership in the School of Public Health & Health Services and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, was one of the key speakers at 123rd Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives. He addressed the topic, Civilian & Military Suicides: A Global Public Health Challenge and the comorbidity between depression, traumatic brain injury syndrome and suicide. He presented his paper to Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines health care executives assembled at the Officers' Club, Fort Myer, Virginia in Wednesday, September 25th, 2013.

Eliot SOREL, MD, former WPS and DC Medical Society President, gave an hour long interview on Non-communicable disease and mental health and his career as a physician, via global blog-talk radio accessible worldwide via skype. The show is hosted by Dr. Elvira Beracochea, a member of the International Section, the American Public Health Association.

Eliot SOREL, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences and of Global Health, Health Systems Management & Leadership in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University, was recently appointed as a member of the Oversight Committee of the Trans-disciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities. Dr. Sorel was appointed by Dr. David Satcher, the President of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and a Principal Investigator of the five year project funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Annual Indian Psychiatric Association Meeting in January 2013 was attended by many distinguished people including APA President Dr Jeste, AMA president Dr Lazarus, World Psychiatric Society(WPS) President, and past WPS President, Dr. Gogineni President of American Association of Social Psychiatry and C.M. Prasad, MD, PhD. Please click on the link to see the slide show.

Congratulations, Dr. Mona Thapa!
Dr. Thapa has been selected for the APA Minority Fellowship as a Diversity Leadership fellow for the academic year beginning in July 2013.

Congratulations, Dr. Sorel, and Dr. Peele!
Dr. Sorel has been awarded the Assembly Member-in-Training (MIT) Mentor Award by the APA and presented at the APA Annual Meeting. This award is given annually to those APA members who mentor future psychiatrists and APA members and leaders. Only awarded to those who advocate for and mentor MITs.

Dr. Peele has been awarded the Special Presidential Commendation in recognition of his decades of extraordinary service to the APA Assembly, Board, and membership. Dr. Peele has served in a variety of public sector positions within community, county, city, state, or national settings with clinical, research or educational positions. Over the decades, Dr. Peele has been appointed to more than one hundred APA and Washington Psychiatric Society [WPS] components, and served on the WPS Board of Directors since 1974. His "White Papers" have frequently been approved by the APA’s governance thus, often helping to set the agenda of the APA. (57th Convocation of Distinguished Fellows Program_2013, page 32)


WPS Announces New Elected Board Leaders for 2013-2014
See list here.


Dr. Eliot Sorel, MD, DLFAPA has been recently appointed to the APA Board of Trustees Health Reform Work Group
by APA President-Elect, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD

WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress
The WPS Career, Leadership and Mentorship members and mentors, Doctors Mona Thapa, Urooj Saeed, Rajeev Sharma, Veronica Slootsky, Milangel Concepcion, Constance Dunlap, Dr. Adsule Pranayjit and Catherine May made stellar scientific contributions to the recently concluded WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress on Integrating primary care, mental health & public health: the catalytic role of information & communication technology.

The Executive Committee of the Congress included, Pedro Ruiz, MD, President, Drs. Dinesh Bhugra & Eliot Sorel, Co-Chairs, Scientific Committee, Drs. Tarek Okasha & Dan Prelipceanu, Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee.

This World Psychiatric Association's congress, held at the Palace of Parliament, was the first time it was held in Bucharest, Romania. It was attended by over one thousand health professionals from over fifty countries and it was a great success." See testimonials. See Final Scientific Program. See 21st Century Global Mental Health Flyer.


APA Presentation
Dr. Antonio L. Baum, MD will be chairing a symposium on Tues May 21 entitled: "Contemporary Issues in Sports Psychiatry: A Global Perspective" from 9 am-noon in the Moscone Convention Center, Room 3009 West Level 3, again Tues 5/21. The topics we'll be presenting will be from an international panel and include exercise addiction, depression in athletes, and techniques for performance enhancement, with some athletes presenting as well, to illustrate the topics presented.

Notice to Members: Please let WPS HQ (admin@dcpsych.org) if you are presenting scientific contributions at the APA meeting in San Francisco this May. We will post on our WPS Web site and help promote.


The final 2012 CLM and DC Psychiatric Society, AWPS Chapter, was a great success with a focus on Global Mental Health with Dr. Pamela Y. Collins as our mentor who gave an inspiring presentation about her career as well as about the NIMH initiatives in global mental health for low and low middle-income countries. The event was attended by about thirty MITs, ECPs and WPS members and guests, including guests from the American Oncological Society interested in our CLM program.

We were also privileged to have with us DC Councilwoman Mary Cheh who engaged robustly in our dialog focusing on the role of prevention and public health. A potential collaborative project with the Councilwoman was discussed. She also accepted the invitation from DC Psychiatric Society President, Enrico Suardi, MD, to meet with the Chapter in the new year.

At this program we were also pleased to announce that the abstracts submitted by our WPS MITs, Doctors Rajeev Sharma, Mona Thappa, Urooj Saeed, Milangel Concepcion, and Veronica Slootsky were accepted by the Scientific Committee of the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress . The abstracts submitted by our Area 3 members, Bruce Hershfield & Anita Everett as well as those WPS members, Drs. Allen Dyer, Catherine May and Connie Dunlap were also accepted.

They will all be part of the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress focusing on the Integration of Primary Care, Mental Health & Public Health for Southeast Europe & Eurasia. This historic and unprecedented congress will take place at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, ROMANIA on April 10-13, 2013. For more information about the congress and for early bird registration by January 8th, 2013, please virtually visit it at www.wpa2013bucharest.org.


Annual APA meeting 2013
The Non-Communicable Diseases, Collaborative & Integrated Care, Dr. Eliot Sorel will be co-chairing in San Francisco in May 2013. It will be on Monday, May 20th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm..

Global Mental Health Forum- WPS members, Drs. Jeff Akman, Robert Ursano, Jessica Brown, Carol Lynn Trippitelli, Erminia Scarcella and Eliot Sorel participated in the Global Mental Health Forum at the Italian Embassy on Thursday, November 15th. Drs. Scarcella & Suardi were members of the Scientific Committee along with Rear Admiral, Ret Susan Blumenthal, MD and Ranieri Guerra, MD the Scientific Attache at the embassy. Drs. Sorel, Akman, Ursano & Scarcella were also speakers at this US-Italy collaborative event.

  • Dr. Sorel addressed 21st Century Global Health Challenges: Integrating Primary Care, Mental Health and Public Health
  • Dr. Ursano presented, PTSD: Global impact and future consequences
  • Dr. Akman discussed Mental Health Training & Education
  • Dr. Scarcella reviewed The role of psychoanalysis
Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, the current President of the AMA, made an important presentation on the importance of Psychiatry in Medicine and Mental Health as well as in the evolving implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Domenici/Wellstone Parity law.

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute Research Seminar Series
November 14, 2012
National Center for Primary Care (MSM), Room 207
Topic: "Non-communicable Diseases and Integrated Care: American and Global Challenges"
Speaker: Eliot Sorel, MD; George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services
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Peter M. Levine, MD, MMM, DLFAPA, announces the opening of his practice for general adult and late adolescent psychiatry at:
Highland House
5480 Wisconsin Ave Suite 212
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office 301-907-0090
I welcome referrals from my colleagues!!
(posted 8/30/12)

A meeting with Ambassador of Nepal.Dr. Lawson, Dr Scarcella and Mona Thapa, MD had a meeting with Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, the Ambassador of Nepal and DCM Mr. Arjun Kant Mainali at the Nepalese Embassy in Washington DC. They were warmly welcomed by the Ambassador. Dr. Scarcella gave an introduction on Embassy Disaster Preparedness on how it was established, its purpose and demonstrated its webpage on the WPS website. Dr. Sharma acknowledged its importance stating how even the natural disasters like recent DC thunderstorm and Colorado massacre can affect an individual. Dr. Lawson gave a view on how we will be able to assist as a liaison during the time of disaster. Dr. Lawson holds a strong interest in Mental Health and illness in Nepal so we also discussed about the raising suicide rate in Nepal.Dr. Scarcella specially thanked Ambassador Dr. Sharma for responding to our call for EDP for Nepalese Embassy very swiftly within very short duration of time. Click for announcement.

Bucharest Congress 2013. On behalf of Prof. Eliot Sorel, please find attached a letter and an announcement regarding the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress taking place on 10-13 April 2013 in Bucharest, Romania. Click for letter. Click for announcement.

Matthew Rudorfer, M.D. (Potomac, MD) received the Honored Speaker award at the annual meeting of the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN), held during the May 2012 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in Philadelphia. Dr. Rudorfer presented a talk entitled, "ECT at 75: From Rome to Rockville." While the focus of the meeting was on somatic treatments, Dr. Rudorfer balanced his presentation by including among his slides a photo of him posing with the life-size statue of Freud at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts!

It is our CLM group's distinct pleasure and privilege to inform you that Dr. Urooj Saeed, MIT at Howard and an active member of our CLM group has been elected as the MIT Deputy Rep for our Area III in a three way contested election, this past weekend in Philadelphia. Warmest congratulations to her, to Howard and our WPS CLM...!

Freda Lewis Hall MD, former vice chair of psychiatry at Howard and now Global clinical director of Pfizer, largest pharmaceutical co in the world (pictured center), was recognized at the Howard University Charter Day dinner as a distinguished alumni.

Dr. William Lawson Presenting at APA Annual Meeting
"Cultural mistrust and psychopathology in African Americans" was accepted for presentation at the APA's 165th Annual Meeting
Date Scheduled: Monday May 7, 2012, 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Exhibit Halls B-E, Pennsylvania Convention Center (posted 3/8/12)

Panel Presentation on Homelessness and Recidivism in the PMI in DC
Our panel will consist of Drs. Keisling, Taler, Lynch, Bebout, myself and a representative from APRA. The goal of our presentation is to discuss the current state of affairs in reference to homelessness, and the various factors which lead to a high rate of recividism in the PMI and chemically dependent populations. In addition, Dr. Taler will address the problem of the high number of patients with physical disabilities and the elderly who wait in nursing homes for lesser levels of care. We believe shedding light on these problems will enable us to restructure our approaches to caring for these populations. We hope to generate interest in new approaches for caring for these persons. In the future, we plan a follow-up meeting to bring forth new models of care.

Our panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 2p - 4:30p on the campus of the Washington Hospital Center. It will be held in True Auditorium located next to our East Building near the Bus Circle hospital entrance. CME and CEUS will be available for a fee for physicians and social workers. Our flyer will follow shortly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stephen Peterson, MD at (202) 420-9758 or Paula Mascendaro at (202) 573-1565.

Professor Pedro Ruiz, WPA President, appointed recently Professors Eliot Sorel & Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor as Co-chairs of the WPA Task Force on Integrated Care

2011 WYDF Webinar with Nabeel Rajab, of Bahrain, Saad Ibrahim of Egypt and Oleg Kozlovsky of Russia
moderated by Eliot Sorel,MD founder of WYDF
It was recorded on Friday 2 December 2011 at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C and webcast globally to youths around the world. It was a smashing success...! It was our WYDF's 4th edition. Enjoy...! The recording can be found here: http://media.elliott.gwu.edu/video/281

WPS Awards Dinner Slideshow

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WPS CME Med Psych Conference Slideshow

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APA News
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Eliot Sorel, MD, founder of WPS's Careers, Leadership and Mentorship program, (pictured right) gave a presentation on the program to a meeting of the APA District Branch Executives on November 17. There was considerable interest in the program from other District Branches.


A Life Interrupted - The Story of My Battle with Bullying and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by Sumi Mukherjee (www.bullyingandocd.com) is a very interesting and timely book - discusses interactions between bullying and OCD – how bullying can trigger OCD and how it can impact the way OCD plays out

New DSM App available for iPhone and iPad!
Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-IV-TR®
American Psychiatric Association
Please visit iTunes to purchase iPhone or iPad app
The Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-IV-TR® is a concise, affordable companion to the ultimate psychiatric reference, DSM-IV-TR®. It includes all the diagnostic criteria from DSM-IV-TR® in an easy-to-use, searchable format.
Additional Features include:

  • Comprehensive listing of criteria and codes, including NOS and specific diagnoses related to substance abuse
  • Enhanced functionality within Classification for simpler navigation
  • Addition of Favorites for saving frequently used criteria

APA Member Rahn K. Bailey, M.D., FAPA Named President-Elect of the National Medical Association
ARLINGTON, Va. (Aug. 2, 2011) – Rahn K. Bailey, a long-time active member and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, was voted President-Elect of the National Medical Association during the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in late July. He will be only the third psychiatrist to serve as president of the National Medical Association, which represents more than 30,000 African American physicians. Dr. Bailey, a dual board-certified forensic psychiatrist, is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Bailey is a national forensic expert who has testified and participated in civil, racial discrimination, and criminal cases. "Dr. Bailey has exhibited tremendous leadership in his roles as a forensic psychiatrist, disaster psychiatrist, medical educator and administrator. It is exciting to know that Dr. Bailey is joining other psychiatrists elected to key leadership roles in organized medicine. He will be only the third psychiatrist to ascend to the presidency of the NMA," said Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H., deputy medical director of the APA. Bailey served as Psychiatry Section Chairman of the NMA from 2003-2006 and served as the Speaker of the NMA House of Delegates from 2009 to 2011. He was the Chairperson for the Katrina Response Effort of the NMA and led teams of physicians in treating the mental health needs of those displaced by the hurricanes. He also worked with NMA to provide care to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake. Bailey has served leadership roles in several committees of the American Psychiatric Association, including the Council on Psychiatry and the Law, the Assembly Committee of Representatives of Minority/Underrepresented Groups and the Caucus of Black Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the Administrative Council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law (AAPL). The National Medical Association is a national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 30,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve.

Mark A. Lawrence, M.D. Murdered by Patient
The American Psychiatric Association is saddened and shocked at the murder of psychiatrist Mark A. Lawrence, M.D. of McLean, Virginia, by a patient who then killed herself. Our hearts are with the families affected by this tragedy. APA President, Dr. John Oldham, M.D. has recently written about mental illness and violence in a letter to the editor published in the New York Times and in the President's column in the July 15 issue of Psychiatric News.

Alvin Golub, advocacy group leader, dies

Proposed Changes to CMS e-Prescribing (eRX) Program
Currently providers must submit 10 electronic prescriptions to Medicare by the end of the month or receive a 1% penalty in 2012.Proposed changes by CMS would exempt physicians who take the following actions: Register for an EHR incentive program; AND Adopt a certified EHR by October 1, 2011. See full document.

Call for Abstracts

The Conference Organizing Committee invites submission abstracts for presentation at PSV's. Abstracts must be complete in all components and submitted by August 15, 2011.

September 23-24, 2011 Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen, VA
CLICK HERE to visit PSV's website for abstract submission instructions.
Questions? Contact Andrew Mann at andrew@societyhq.com

WPS Board Transition Dinner
Maggiano's Restaurant
June 13, 2011

Outgoing President Elizabeth Morrison presents Judith A. Nowak, outgoing newsletter editor, with an engraved pewter bowl. Dr. Nowak served as editor from 1995 until she retired in Spring of 2011.

At the Transition Dinner the CME Committee received special recognition for their outstanding work during the last year. Shown here are CME Staff Liaison Chris Cotter, Committee Member Jessica Brown and CME Chair Molly Strauss.

Judith Nowak, outgoing Newsletter Editor, shows her bowl to Catherine May, Ethics Chair.

2011 President's Event Photos- March 19, 2011
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The Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial
Evidence continues to accumulate that the moment of clarity the commonwealth experienced in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre has not had a lasting or sufficient effect. The state's treatment of the mentally ill is, at times, an oxymoron: There is no treatment. The latest indication comes from a report by the Inspector General for Behavioral Health and Development. It says about 200 mentally ill persons who represented a danger to themselves or others were turned away from psychiatric facilities across the state, in a practice common enough to have its own term: streeting. This follows the news in March that mental-health units in Virginia have had to send patients to far-off hospitals elsewhere: One Northern Virginia facility, for example, had to cast as far afield as Petersburg to find beds for patients. The General Assembly provided stopgap funding to keep a shortage of acute-admissions beds for persons in serious crisis from getting worse, but those funds are now running out. That news followed the Kaine administration's dubious decision to shut down a children's mental-health hospital in Staunton. Kaine was governor during the Virginia Tech tragedy. He is now running for Jim Webb's Senate seat. To prove himself worthy of it, he owes the public a fuller explanation as to why his legacy has not lived up to the lofty words he offered in the wake of the massacre. Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was attorney general when the attack took place, also has not given care for the mental health the prominence it merits. The governors, along with members of the General Assembly, may argue that their plates have groaned under the weight of everything from economic crisis to natural disasters. No one would disagree that state leaders have good reasons for ignoring the issue. They always do - which is why tragedies happen.

APA Medical Director, Melvin Sabshin M.D., Remembered as Leader
ARLINGTON, Va. (June 6, 2011)—The American Psychiatric Association remembered former APA medical director, Melvin Sabshin, M.D., who led the APA for nearly a quarter century from 1974 to 1997. Dr. Sabshin passed away on Saturday at the age of 85. "Dr. Sabshin’s exemplary leadership helped to shape a new American psychiatry at a time of great change. His substantial skills and vision greatly enhanced the APA, leaving it much larger and stronger," said James H. Scully Jr., the APA’s current Medical Director and CEO. Sabshin’s accomplishments during his tenure at APA were numerous and far-reaching. His years at APA included publication of new editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; creation of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc.; development of practice guidelines; and strengthening research, advocacy, education, and public affairs. Sabshin also increased the organization's international involvement, including working with the World Psychiatric Association and others to help end the use of psychiatry to suppress political dissent in the Soviet Union and other parts of the world."Dr. Sabshin was an esteemed leader, an intellectual catalyst, and a consummate diplomat who was central to the evolution of American psychiatry," said APA President John M. Oldham, M.D. "As medical director of the American Psychiatric Association from 1974 to 1997, Dr. Sabshin understood that psychiatry, as a profession, needed a new direction, resolved to be part of the change, and succeeded." Sabshin completed high school at age 14 and undergraduate study at the age of 17. After brief service in the U.S. Army, he completed medical school and residency at Tulane University. He then took a position at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and in 1961 became the head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College Medicine. During this time he became active in the APA and was elected to the Board of Trustees; and in 1974 he became the medical director of the APA. Upon his retirement from APA, he took a position as clinical professor of psychiatry with the University of Maryland and lived much of the year in London with his British wife, where he was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He remained active in the APA, attending Annual Meetings throughout his retirement. Sabshin was an author of dozens of scientific articles and author or co-author of 7 books, including his latest in 2008, Changing American Psychiatry: a Personal Perspective, in which he describes changes in psychiatry in the post WWII era and later and offers his insights into the process. Dr. Sabshin is survived by his wife, Marion Bennathan, his son, James Sabshin, MD, and 4 granddaughters.

NEWPORT NEWS - About 200 mentally ill Virginians who posed a threat to themselves or others were turned away from psychiatric facilities over the past year, according to a new state report. The report by the state Office of Inspector General for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services says the practice, known as "streeting," appears to be most prevalent in Hampton Roads but occurs statewide. "Streeting represents a failure of the Commonwealth's public sector safety net system to serve Virginia's most vulnerable citizens and places these individuals, their families and the public at risk," Inspector General G. Douglas Bevalacqua wrote in the report, issued Tuesday. The inspector general prepares a report on the state's mental health system twice a year for the governor and the General Assembly. The report for the six months ending March 31 was the first to mention streeting - a term that the office of inspector general said it first heard while looking into the impact of cuts at Eastern State Hospital last year. According to the report, between April 2010 and March 2011 eight of nine Community Service Boards in Hampton Roads acknowledged that individuals who met criteria for a temporary detention order were released from custody because no psychiatric facility was willing to admit them.

"We will monitor this issue going forward and make recommendations to end this questionable and dangerous practice, and hope that one day the term streeting will pass from the lexicon of Virginia's behavioral health system," the inspector general wrote. Chuck Hall, executive director of the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, said that CSBs usually follow up with patients who are turned away, and the vast majority of those who need treatment get it. "One day we may in Hampton Roads have a terrible situation where someone dies or injures or kills someone else, but so far we've been able to manage with our limited capacity successfully," Hall said. The inspector general also expressed concern about the Virginia attorney general's interpretation of a federal regulation dealing with the use of restraint to medicate over a patient's objection. The attorney general says a patient can be restrained only to ensure the immediate physical safety of the patient or others. That interpretation in some cases "will allow a person's psychosis to deepen," the report says. The inspector general has petitioned the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to review the issue and determine whether restraint can be used to administer medication to a patient unable to make informed decisions even if physical safety is not endangered

Headlines from Custom Briefings from the American Psychiatric Association

Federal officials today released for public comment the preliminary rules governing accountable care organizations (ACOs). In response, the American Medical Association issued the attached statement.

WPS Annual Meeting and Awards Reception Photos
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Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) - Opportunity next week (July 18-19, 2011)!
I've been approached by the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) and asked to help them identify and recruit physicians to learn about their efforts and participate in some upcoming opportunities to influence policy - including an opportunity on July 18-19 in Washington DC.

The Partnership is closely monitoring the activity of the U.S. Government Accountability Office's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established by the PPACA. PCORI will have another meeting next week at the Georgetown Westin. There will be two public comment periods: Monday, July 18 from 3:45-4:15 PM and Tuesday, July 19 from 10:45-11:15 AM..

PIPC is seeking physicians who would be willing to present brief comments during those periods - stressing the physician-patient relationship and that the government's role in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) should only be to strengthen physician and patient decision making, improve health care quality, and support continued medical progress.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in presenting your personal view either in person at this meeting or by written comment. I can connect you with PIPC staff who can assist you with arrangements, messaging etc. See below for information about PIPC and PCORI. You'll recognize members from organized medicine, patient advocacy groups, and the research community. Thanks for your consideration and prompt response.

Cal Whitehead

Therapeutic Use of Canines in Medicine and Psychiatry
Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DMH
Jointly Sponsored By MedChi
The Maryland State Medical Society
1100 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington DC 20032
Wednesday July 6, 2011
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
more information

Howard-Dartmouth Collaborative Summer School
June 20-24, 2011
"Promoting Recovery and Rehabilitation in Mental Health among African Americans"
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Washington, DC
Regular registration: $50.00
CEU registration: Additional $25 for the Summer School June 20-22, and additional $40 for the Luther Robinson Symposium June 23
CME registration: Additional $40
More information and registration

Board Transition Dinner - June 13, 2011

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Call for Abstracts - AAPA
Abstracts that are presented at this year's AAAP Annual Meeting will be published in The American Journal on Addictions. Meeting is in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 8-11, 2011. The submission deadline for paper, poster and workshop presentations has been extended to July 1, 2011. More information

WPS Wellstone Award to Senator Conyers featured in Psychiatric News
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Our District of Columbia Psychiatric Society, a Chapter of WPS, Celebrations & Holidays party was a smashing success last night, worthy of our Career, Leadership and Mentorship (CLM) project's 4th birthday !

We were treated with superb presentations by Drs. Elspeth Ritchie , Chief Clinical Officer, DC DMH, (pictured right, speaking), and Yavar Moghimi, PGY 4, GWU (pictured below). Dr. Ritchie addressed PTSD, Violence & Suicide in the US Armed Forces while Dr. Moghimi screened his superb, brief film, "Released to Life" on young African-American men released from DC jail.

A robust dialogue followed with remarkably insightful participation by all and especially by our MITs & ECPs present and very well represented in the nearly fifty guests assembled at the Colonnade. It was also most rewarding to have Howard, GWU, St. E's and Georgetown be all represented.

A special note of appreciation was presented to Dr. Hind Benjelloun, President, Dr. Kayla Pope, Treasurer, Dr. Ashley Hilliard Secretary of DC Psychiatric Society for a job very well done. A note of thanks was expressed to our CLM mentors, to Area III and to Dr. Michael Houston who, during his WPS Presidency, supported the establishment of our CLM program.

Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.
Co-Chair, Founder, WPS CLM program


The annual meeting of the DC Psychiatric Society, (a chapter of WPS), at MSDC last evening, September 15, 2010, was a smashing success !

This most successful professional meeting was attended by about thirty colleagues, young & and not as young, including Residents from St. E's, GWU, Howard & Georgetown, as well as senior WPS leaders, NIH Clinical Research Center staff and two non pharma sponsors. This unique event

  • rekindled the DC Psych tradition of collaboration with MSDC
  • had as keynote speaker Dr. Annelle Primm, Deputy Medical Director of the APA who spoke on HIV/AIDS in our Community
  • celebrated the 5th anniversary of our first DC PGYI & PGYII meeting in 2005 at the Cosmos Club
  • launching later, during Dr. Houston's WPS Presidency, our Career, Leadership & Mentorship program
  • demonstrated the creative and effective leadership of our budding new generation of leaders

Many thanks and warmest congratulations to Drs. Hind Benjelloun, David, I Driver, Kayla Pope, Ashley Hilliard and to MSDC staff Barbara Allen & Chris Lee as well as to ED Shanbacker, MSDC ED who delivered this memorable evening.

Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Dr. Annelle Primm, our Career & Leadership mentors who were in attendance last evening, Drs. Houston, Peele, May, and Kesisling as well as a warm congratulations to Dr Tripitelli who won last evening's raffle provided by one of our sponsors.

It truly was a memorable & fun evening!
Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.


In support of a critical partnership between Georgetown University Medical Center and Howard University, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $38 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award to aid the universities' effort to transform health care and preventive practices in communities through medical discoveries made in laboratories and clinical settings. The two Washington institutions will form the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS). The $38,217,660 grant will be provided to the universities over five years, beginning July 2010. As part of the GHUCCTS, researchers will collaborate with MedStar Health/MedStar Research Institute in Hyattsville, Md., Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Washington DC Veteran's Affairs Medical Center to form one of the nation's largest biomedical and clinical research networks. The Center will be led jointly by Joseph Verbalis, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Georgetown, and Thomas Mellman, MD, professor of psychiatry and associate dean for clinical and translational research at Howard. They will serve as principal investigators. GHUCCTS activities will include supporting clinical research, community engagement, research training and career development, regulatory support, and technology development.

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Parity Lawsuit Dismissed
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Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., former WPS President and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Medicine & School of Public Health delivered the keynote lecture on Psychiatry & Primary Care Integration: American & British Perspectives at the invitation of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday, June 24th 2010. It was very well received, proved to be of great mutual interest and may lead to British-American projects on this important subject."

Photos by David Hathcox

Honorees at the President's Dinner

Beny J. Primm, M.D., President, Urban Resource Institute
Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.PH., Deputy Medical Director of the APA and Director of APA's Office of Minority and National Affairs
(Click to see bios)

Hampton: Handbook of African Merican Health
Chapter by D. Lawson, WPS board member







Global Disaster: Lessons Learned from New Orleans, Haiti & Chile News
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Award Winners from the WPS 60th Celebration
Front Row (L to R): Mrs. Betty Robinson, widow of Dr. Luther Robinson, 2009 Psychiatrist of the Year; Dr. Kristen Reese, Chair, Montgomery County Citizens Review Panel, 2009 Community Service Award; Dr. Harold I. Eist, WPS Immediate Past President, 2009 Distinguished Service Award. Back Row (L to R): Dr. David Driver, 2009 Resident of the Year Award, Dr. Eliot Sorel (Wellstone Award Founder), Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) 2009 Wellstone Award Not present – Franklin Goldstein, Esq, 2009 Meritorious Service Award.

60th Anniversary Video
November 20, 2009
JW Marriott, Washington, DC.

WPS Members Meet with Haiti Ambassador- March, 2010
"Dr. Lawson, Dr. Perman and I had a meeting with the Ambassador Raymond Joseph at the Embassy of Haiti. We had a nice meeting with the Ambassador, although he had a very busy schedule. Drs. Lawson, Perman and I talked with him; Jerry Perman spoke in French.

The Ambassador felt so much at ease that he played the harmonica and he played a nostaligic song about his country. Dr. Perman could relate to him, with his passion for music. I felt moved by his desire to play nostalgic music. What a deep moment in communicate with people he barely knows! It is true that emotions have no geographic boundaries!

We all wish the Ambassador the best success in helping Haiti to recover as fast as possible, given the circumstances/ We are very concerned about the emotional consequences for the victims of such a trauma and the percolating effect in the future generations, as we have seen this happening over and over.

-- Erminia Scarcella, MD

American Psychiatric Association to Spotlight Symposium on 'Hot Topics in Afro-American Mental Health'
This year the American Psychiatric Association will spotlight several sensitive issues facing the African American community, at its annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 22-26. Leading the team is David W. Smith, M.D., Addiction Psychiatrist with the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services in Sacramento, California. More information...

On Friday, November 20, 2009 WPS presented its 2009 AWARDS to individuals and organizations for their exceptional and distinguished contributions to the mental health profession. Without their collective efforts we would not be as successful in our work. Click to see award winners (posted 12/4/09).

Photos by David Hathcox

Psychiatric Community Remembers Wayne S. Fenton, M.D.

Presidential Institute: Practical Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Washington Convention Center - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information, please see the listing on the Event Calendar.

2008 APA Annual Meeting
Learn about the scientific contributions by WPS members at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Bariatric Seminar: March 6, 2008
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New WPS Membership Development Initiative
It is our pleasure to inform you that your WPS Assembly delegation- Roger Peele, Catherine May, and I- secured a $5000.00 grant for our Society to start a membership development initiative through a series of workshops on  Developing your career, enhancing your leadership skills.

 The series, designed for Residents and early career psychiatrists will be launched in January 2008 and run through June. Residents from GWU, Georgetown, Howard, ST.Eze. USUHS, Hopkins and Maryland will be invited. The planning committee will have its first meeting in early October. If you have ideas and/or wish to participate in this pioneering initiative, please let us know. Many thanks.
All the best,
Eliot Sorel,M.D.
hair, Developing your career, Enhancing your leadership skills
WPS Membership Development Initiative

WHO/PAHO Conference, From Alma-Ata to the Millenium Development Goals
Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the GWU School of Medicine and of Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership, in the School of Public Health and Health Services, participated as a Pan American Health Organization Advisor in the WHO/PAHO Conference, From Alma-Ata to the Millenium Development Goals, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 13-17, August devoted to developing equity based, comprehensive health care systems. The conference, attended by health ministers and deputy health ministers from sixty countries, as well as civil society, other policy makers, the academic and private sectors, was held at the Foreign Ministry of Argentina and adopted the Buenos Aires Declaration stating the principles and agreements of equity based, comprehensive health care systems.
Buenos Aires Declaration : English |  Español

Residents' Village
The Washington, DC Psychiatric Residents, united and linked with others nationally and globally, most cordially invite you to visit our Residents' Village, a virtual meeting place for area psych residents to share thoughts about their psychiatry experience, and to collect valuable resources and references to guide them in their residency years.

We encourage you to contribute to our Residents' Village as your spirit and generosity inspire you as a resident, a mentor, and/or a friend. Please visit the Residents' Village often and share your talents, knowledge, and wisdom with us and others on our network. Many thanks.

2006 Awards Banquet at the Italian Embassy
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FDA extends Black Box Warning on Antidepressants –Psychiatrists/Patients Oppose
Click here to read testimony from WPS members at the December 13, 2006, FDA Hearing.

WPS Members Speak Out Against Black Box Warning for Antidepressants
On December 13 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held hearings on its proposal to place a black box warning on antidepressants for adults indicating that these medications increase the likelihood of suicidal thoughts. Roger Peele, MD and Louis Kopolow, MD testified against placing such a warning on antidepressants. Each testified had three minutes to present. Following are the testimonies of Drs. Peele and Kopolow.

WPS Members Lead Sessions at APA Meeting in Toronto
Access a summary of WPS-led presentations.

Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Work Group on Improving Access to Psychiatric Care
Read how group seeks to assess what the APA can do to further improve access to psychiatric care.

Recent Member Accomplishments
Dr. Eliot Sorel

Brief Historic Highlights

A brief
history of WPS by Eliot Sorel, MD DLFAPA

Patient Confidentiality and Privacy of Medical Records on Trial in Montgomery County
Read the Petitioner’s Memorandum filed on behalf of Harold Eist, MD in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland

2006 Awards Banquet at the Italian Embassy
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Brief Historic Highlights
A brief
history of WPS by Eliot Sorel, MD DLFAPA

XIX World Congress of Social Psychiatry
Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., Executive Committee menber of the XIX World Congress of Social Psychiatry, A Changing World: Challenges for Society and for Social Psychiatry, cordially invites all our colleagues to submit papers, symposia, and workshop proposals by contacting the Congress Secretariat at www.wasp2007.cz. The XIX World Congress of Social Psychiatry will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic, October 21-24, 2007.

2005 WPS Awards Banquet
Nearly 120 WPS members and APA leaders came together at Washington’s Cosmos Club on Nov. 14 to honor members and others for outstanding service. View page 4-6 of the newsletter to see highlights of the evening.

Patient Confidentiality and Privacy of Medical Records on Trial in Montgomery County
Read the Petitioner’s Memorandum filed on behalf of Harold Eist, MD in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland

District of Columbia PGY I & II meeting
The first District of Columbia PGY I & II meeting took place under the aegis of the Cosmos Club Health Group, on September 29th at the Club with excellent and enthusiastic participation of PGY I & II from GWU, Howard, Georgetwon and St. Eze. The participants also included Doctors Ray Scallettar, former Chairman of the Board of the AMA, Annelle Primm, Director of Minority and National Affairs of the APA, William B. Lawson, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Howard University College of Medicine, Jeff Akman, Chairman Department of Psychiatry, GW, Connie Dunlap, President, DC Psychiatric Society, and Eliot Sorel, Chairman of the Cosmos Club Health Group and the meeting's convener. The Residents expressed a very keen interest in continuing and building on this event, a very keen wish to learn more about each other's programs, and to get involved with the DC professional community. In addition to the very good time had by all, one other concrete outcome from the meeting may be a Transcultural Psychiatry Conference, next spring in Washington, D.C. with broad institutional participation and representation in the planning of the event. Dr. Sorel also presented special thanks to Dr. Maryam Razavi, Chief Resident at GW, for her important contributions in assisting with preparation of this pioneering and very successful event.

APA Global Disaster Conference
The APA/WPA Transectional Symposium "Global Disasters: Psychiatric Medicine and Public Health Challenges" received extensive and laudatory coverage in the August 24, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 2005;294: 889-890). The Carter Center program, a first at the APA Annual Meeting, was organized by the APA Council on Global Psychiatry and the WPA Conflict Management & Resolution Section, in collaboration with the WPA Disaster Psychiatry and Occupational Psychiatry Sections, WHO, and CDC in Atlanta.

WPS and Embassies Link for Disaster Preparedness
Learn about the program's mission and find links to WPS's embassy partners with the article, WPS International Graduates and Embassies Link for Disaster Preparedness

HIPAA Help: The Security Rule
Are you ready? All providers covered by HIPAA's Security Rule must be in compliance with the Rule's requirements for the confidentiality of electronic protected health information. Be prepared for the deadline: read this guide to HIPAA's Security Rule to learn more. The guide is courtesy of The Psychiatrists' Program, the APA-endorsed Psychiatrists' Professional Liability Insurance Program.

World Psychiatric Association's Congress Update
Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine and of Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership in the School of Public Health participated in the World Psychiatric Association's Congress in Florence, Italy, November 10-12, 2004. He chaired the symposia on Stress, Depression and Cardiac Events, Access to Mental Health Care Impediments : African, American and European Perspectives and launched the book he edited 21st Century Romanian Psychiatry done collaboratively with Romanian colleagues, Professor Ahmed Okasha, President WPA and Professor Mario Maj, Secretary for Publications, WPA.

XVIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry Update
Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., Clinical Professor of Global Health in the School of Public Health and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine recently chaired the Ethics in Medicine, Psychiatric Medicine and Public Health symposium at the XVIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Globalization and Diversity. As part of the symposium he presented Validity, Specificity and Reliability of Informed Consent. Additionally he was part of the Kobe Declaration work group, a historic document addressed to all UN members states and unanimously adopted by the World Association for Social Psychiatry, the World Psychiatric Association, the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, the World Federation for Mental Health, and the Japanese Society for Social Psychiatry, on October 26, 2004.

DC Dept of Mental Health Acute Care Plan
Access the powerpoint file detailing the Acute Care Plan.

Northern Virginia Members: Political Action Committee Needs You.
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Maryland's Emergency Petition Statute Broadened
Maryland's EP statute now allows police to bring a person to emergency room if individual presents a danger to the life or safety of the individual or of others. This changes the prior statute which required imminent dangerousness. Click here for entire article.

Dealing with Terror

The APA has valuable information on disaster psychiatry, available here. For more information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, view this presentation, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, Pfizer Inc., and Dr. John Greist. To receive CME credit for this presentation, take the posttest after Slide 34 in PowerPoint and follow directions for submission. You can view the PowerPoint file, or view it in Adobe Acrobat.