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News

Winter 2017 Newsletter provides timely updates relating to the opioid crisis.  Members are highlighted for their grass roots advocacy in a fundraiser event with Arizona Representative Heather Carter; the year 2017 ends on a highlight with the birth of a new son to the world and 2018 gets off to a great start with the celebration of Dr. Kassell's 100th birthday; details are provided on the Opioids Use Disorder Essentials Workshop on Medication Assisted Treatment and Coordination of Care and Live Waiver Training; addiction psychiatrist members, Dr. Monica Faria, and MIHS Resident Dr. Edwin Kim, are both featured Meet Your Member profiles; Dr. Stephen Herman provides an insightful look at Kratom and its dangers; Dr. Dawn Noggle catches all up on the accomplishments and plans for the Stepping Up Initiative; an open call is presented for participation on the Task Force for Justice for All; and a Report from the APA Assembly is provided.  APA Elections being underway, profiles are included for ECP Trustee candidates.  Arizona Psychiatric Society celebrates those members that are its newest Distinguished Fellows, Fellows, Life Members, and 50-Year Members.  In the RFM News, APAF Fellowship applications are due January 30, and an Invitation to Poster Present at the 2018 Annual Meeting is provided.  Dr. Reesal provides an educational report from the Neuroscience of Enduring Change hosted by the UofA Department of Psychiatry.  
Fall 2017 Newsletter features emerging data on the opioid crisis, updates from the APA and Area Assembly, and a variety of Society events and accomplishments.  With POTUS Trump's recent declaration of the opioid crisis being a public health emergency, the Fall Newsletter shares a similar focus. Meet a fellow APS member, Dr. Elena Volfson, Addiction Psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and learn of her impressive career highlights. Dr. Michel Sucher discusses medication-assisted treatment and reminds us of the recent Arizona mandate on checking a patient's PMP report prior to prescribing certain controlled substances. Haley Coles, executive director of Sonoran Prevention Works, discusses their strategic partnerships within the Valley in an effort to promote harm reduction in the opioid crisis directly effecting our population.  Thanks to APS members for their active voices on health care reform and we report on some key efforts made through physician groups and Arizona legislators. We include a call to action to extend CHIP (KidsCare) in Arizona and an invitation for those interested in impacting advocacy by serving as a key contact with Arizona legislators to serve as Congressional Advocacy Network delegates.  Highlights and a full report from Dr. Mona Amini and Dr. Payam Sadr's visit to Vancouver, BC for the Area 7 Assembly meeting are provided. Dr. Espinoza reports from his summer meeting in Las Vegas on Dementia, and the potential traumatic effects of brain trauma.  
Summer 2017 Newsletter focuses on the many efforts to ensure access to care through legislative and policy efforts and celebrates the accomplishments of our members.  In this edition, we meet Dr. Joseph Bloom, a forensic psychiatrist from Oregon now making his home in Arizona, who brings with him a passion for understanding the Arizona commitment laws, and whose exemplary contributions to forensic psychiatry were recognized at the APA Annual Meeting with the Isaac Ray Award. We celebrate highlights from the APA Annual Meeting, including the two newest Arizona Distinguished Fellows, Dr. Marcelle Leet and Dr. Roland Segal; the contributions of Arizona Assembly Representatives Drs. Payam Sadr and Jasleen Chhatwal; and Dr. Mona Amini discussing health care legislation with U.S. Representative Tim Murphy at the Presidential Reception. Dr. Espinoza shares the educational highlights from the INES Annual Meeting. We celebrate APS Lobbyist, Joseph Abate, being awarded the Maricopa County Republican Party Lincoln Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by US Congressman David Schweikert. Photograph highlights from the APS Annual Meeting awards, among them, Dr. Jehangir (Jay) Boman Bastani receiving the Career Achievement in Psychiatry Award, and Dr. Ron Wright from University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson receiving the Howard E. Wulsin Excellence in Education Award. More photos from the APS Annual Meeting and recognition of both our physician and RFM poster presenters.  Dawn Noggle continues updates on Arizona's participation in the Step Up Together initiative with the great news that Arizona celebrates being the first state to have 100% participation by County and the Step Up Together Arizona Summit is set for August.  Lastly, Dr. Robin Reesal shares a poignant editorial, this time focusing on the abuse of women around the world. 
Spring 2017 Newsletter celebrates our members and the advocacy work in our community.  The Women’s Group shares photo highlights from their celebrated spring event at the Phoenician for Afternoon Tea hosted by American Professional Agency, Inc., the APA-endorsed malpractice carrier. The Mental Health America Hall of Fame Ceremony honoring attorney Chick Arnold is highlighted, with members of the APS supporting this long-famed member of the behavioral health community.  We also meet Dr. Alicia Cowdrey, an early-career psychiatrist who leads MIHS' First Response Center treating first-episode psychosis. We include Dr. Noggle's comprehensive update on the "Step Up Arizona" initiative and many other happenings in the behavioral health community, a report from APS Lobbyist Joseph F. Abate, a report from Area 7 Assembly, photo highlights for Doctor of the Day, and other legislative updates including what psychiatrists may do to enforce parity.  Our newest APA Life Members as well as the distinguished 50-year Members of the APA/APS are listed. Dr. Espinoza, for continuing medical education, reports from the famed Nevada Psychopharmacology Conference, and to Dr. Reesal, for the global perspective on psychiatry, reports on human trafficking.  Resident-Fellow Members celebrate their community connection with the NAMI Southern Arizona Walk, and we feature an advocacy piece from the Southern California Psychiatric Society, penned by Arizona-trained ECP, Dr. Matt Goldenberg. 
Announcement of Newest Arizona Psychiatric Society Distinguished Fellows and Fellows of the APA
American Psychiatric Association has elected the following Arizona Psychiatric Society members to the status of Distinguished Fellow of the APA. 
 
Gwen A. Levitt, MD, DFAPA
Carol Kline Olson, MD, DFAPA
Randall K. Ricardi, DO, DFAPA
Payam Sadr, MD, DFAPA
Richard Spiegel, MD, DLFAPA
Shabnam Sood, MD, DFAPA
Gwen A. Levitt, MD, DFAPA

Carol Kline Olson, MD, DFAPA

Randall K. Ricardi, DO, DFAPA

Payam Sadr, MD, DFAPA

Richard Spiegel, MD, DLFAPA

Shabnam Sood, MD, DFAPA

Joel Edward Parker MD DFAPA
Cynthia M Stonnington MD DFAPA
Monica J Taylor-Desir MD DFAPA
Karen L Weihs MD DFAPA
Rodgers McKinley Wilson MD DFAPA

Gwen A. Levitt, MD, DFAPA
Carol Kline Olson, MD, DFAPA
Randall K. Ricardi, DO, DFAPA
Payam Sadr, MD, DFAPA
Richard Spiegel, MD, DLFAPA
Shabnam Sood, MD, DFAPA
These Distinguished Fellows will be honored at the APA Annual Meeting in May with a President's Reception and a Convocation of Distinguished Fellows.
 
In addition, the following members of the Arizona Psychiatric Society were approved for Fellow status by the APA, and these Fellows will be honored during the Convocation ceremony in May:
 


Gretchen B. Alexander, MD, FAPA

Christina J. Arredondo, MD, FAPA

Lee Ann Kelley, MD, FAPA

Gurjot K. Marwah, MD, FAPA

 
On behalf of the entire membership of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, we congratulate these newest Distinguished Fellow and Fellows of the APA on their distinguished careers and thank them for their continued support and membership in the APA and our Society. We would also like to recognize and thank the many Distinguished Fellow members in the Society who provided letters of support.   

DISTINGUISHED FELLOW NOMINATIONS OR FELLOW APPLICATIONS

 

Nominations for Distinguished Fellow must be submitted through the District Branch.  If you are interested in more information on the requirements, please visit https://www.psychiatry.org/join-apa/become-a-fellow or contact the APS administrative office (teri@azmed.org, 602-347-6903).  Distinguished Fellow nominations are due to be submitted to the APA on or before July 1st of each year (for recognition in the APA Annual Meeting in the year following); Fellow applications are due on or before September 1st of each year.   

The following members of the Arizona Psychiatric Society will be recognized by the APA for reaching the following Life membership status (at the APA Annual Meeting):

 

Eric Benjamin, MD, LAPA

Emerson B. Bueno, MD, DLFAPA

William J. Burke, MD, LFAPA

Donald Curran, DO, LAPA

Patricia A. Fangohr, MD, LAPA

Gary Grove, MD, DLFAPA

Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, DLFAPA

Kevin R. Wandler, MD, LFAPA

Karen L. Weihs, MD, DLFAPA

 


Of special note, we recognize the following members who achieved the pinnacle of 50-Year Members in the APA as of January 2018: 


Raman N. Bhavsar, MD, LAPA

Robert F. Meyer, MD, LAPA


These members will be acknowledged in the Convocation at the APA Annual Meeting.  We recognize these members for their years of dedicated service to the APA and the Society and to their contributions to the field of psychiatry and the enrichment of our mental health community.