Council on Psychosomatic Medicine - Bios

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David F. Gitlin, M.D., Chair

Dr. Gitlin is the Vice Chair for Clinical Programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  He is also the Chief of the Medical Psychiatry Division in the Brigham and Women’s hospital system, and is currently the Program Director for the Psychomatic Medicine program.  He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Gitlin has been an active participant in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine on a local and national level.  He is currently on the APA Assembly as the Representative of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and is a recent Past President of that organization.  Dr. Gitlin has served in the past as an ABPN Examiner as well as Exam Writer for the Psychosomatic Medicine Boards.  He is currently a Councilor for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.   He publishes in the areas of Psychiatric Consultation, collaborative care, and psychiatric emergency care, with nearly 50 publications.  Dr. Gitlin is an distinguished teacher and supervisor, having won several teaching awards from both Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, including the Harvard Kravitz Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Teaching and Education, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Psychiatric Educator Award.   He is recognized at Brigham and Women’s for his leadership in hospital-based clinical care and consultation, having won the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Physician Organization Clinical Collaborator Award. 


Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., Vice Chair

Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., FAPM is the Veterans' Health Administration VISN 16 Mental Health Chief Physician Consultant and a Professor of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. She is also an adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine where she is faculty in the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health Distressed Physicians Course. Dr. Worley is the President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She is a past President of the Association of Academic Psychiatry and received their lifetime achievement award in 2012 for her inspirational contributions to psychiatric education.

Robert Boland, M.D.

Dr. Boland is a Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University, and Associate Training Director for the Brown General Psychiatry Residency. He has taught at all levels of training in the University. He directs the Introductory Psychiatry Course for Brown Medical School and is a primary lecturer in that course. He is also the director of the Clerkship in Psychiatry. He publishes in the areas of psychosomatic medicine and teaching methods in psychiatry, with more than 70 publications. He is currently on the editorial boards of Academic Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and FOCUS (the APA’s journal of continuing education). He was appointed by the American College of Psychiatry to be Assistant Editor for the Psychiatry Residents in Training Examination (PRITE). He is Past President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and is the 2013 Program Chair for the American Association of Directors of Residency Training (AADPRT) and their 2013 Program Chair. Dr. Boland has contributed to research studies including the NIMH Collaborative Depression Study and the CDC- sponsored Natural History of HIV Infection in U.S. Women (HERS) Study. He has continuously served on various NIH study sections, primarily related to Behavioral Medicine interventions, over the last decade.

Philip Bialer, M.D.

Dr. Bialer has been actively involved in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine since completing his C-L/AIDS Fellowship in 1989 at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He stayed on at Beth Israel to develop the AIDS Psychiatry Program there and then served as Chief of the Division of Consultation –Liaison Psychiatry. He is currently an Attending Psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he is the Associate Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Bialer is Board Certified in Psychosomatic Medicine and is a Councilor for the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chair of that organization’s Education Committee.

Catherine Crone, M.D.

Dr. Crone is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) and the APA, who is also actively involved in the American College of Psychiatrists. She is Vice Chair of Psychiatry at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Program Director for the GWU Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, which is based at Inova Fairfax Hospital and has trained fellows for over 30 years. She currently serves as APM Vice President, and is also on the ABPN Psychosomatic Medicine Committee as well as the APA’s and ACP’s Scientific Program Committees. Her clinical focus has been on organ transplantation and GI disease, providing presentations on these topics as well as a number of articles and chapters in standard psychiatric and PM textbooks. Her interests extend to issues regarding end-of-life care, psycho-oncology, and psychological adjustment to medical illness. She has long been and continues to be dedicated to fellowship training, education, and mentorship within Psychosomatic Medicine. Her proudest accomplishment to date, however, is her family, husband Nathan and son Evan.  


 Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.

Dr. Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSD. He is an active investigator and is past-president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dimsdale is an active teacher who supervises CL psychiatry and mentors trainees and junior faculty members from many departments. Dr. Dimsdale’s major research interests are in stress and sleep. He is the author of >500 publications and the editor of 7 books.

Lorenzo Norris, M.D.            

Dr. Norris is a Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Residency Director, Medical Director of Psychosocial Behavioral Services at George Washington University Hospital, and Director of the George Washington University Cancer Survivorship Center. The center is a multi-disciplinary care center comprised of practitioners from the departments of Psychiatry, Nutrition, Palliative Care, Exercise Science, Integrative Medicine and Patient Resource Navigation. The center's mission focuses on optimizing quality of life for those in various phases of their cancer treatment.  In addition to the psychiatric care of the medically ill, Dr. Norris has a strong interest in helping others understand how their relationships work. In his experience in working with those with serious illnesses Dr. Norris has been most impressed by the power of a complete and holistic approach to patient care that takes into account the power of relationships.


Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Riba is Professor and Associate Chair for Integrated Medicine and Psychiatric Services and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Acting Director of the Office of Psychiatric and Medical Services, Michigan Department of Community Health. Dr. Riba is also Fellowship Director of the University of Michigan Psychosomatic Medicine Program.  She has served on numerous editorial boards and is the author or editor of over 200 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr. Riba is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, Association for Academic Psychiatry, and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Currently, she is completing her second elected term as secretary for scientific publications of the World Psychiatric Association. As a psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist, Dr. Riba’s clinical and research interests include primary care psychiatry, psychoncology, depression and cardiovascular disease, and screening for distress in patients with medical illness. 



Melanie E. Schwartz, M.D.

Dr. Schwarz is an attending psychiatrist on the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Schwarz obtained her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency and fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry from NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Schwarz was an attending on the consultation-liaison psychiatry service at Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine for 10 years directly responsible for supervising residents and fellows and providing clinical care and supervising residents in Bellevue’s Cancer center, HIV clinic, women’s health clinic, Primary Care clinic and the psychiatrist for the NYC-HHC Chronic Disease Depression Management Collaborative. She is the Secretary for the Society for Liaison Psychiatry (a locally New York based Consultation Liaison Organization). Currently she is an attending on the Consultation-Liaison service at Maimonides Medical Center, supervising residents and medical students. She has a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan with a particular interest with woman’s health issues and also patients with chronic disease, in particular Multiple Sclerosis.


Peter Shapiro, M.D.

Peter Shapiro is a Professor of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center, where he sees patients and supervises psychiatry residents and psychosomatic medicine fellows. Dr. Shapiro’s academic interests include transplant psychiatry and ethics, stress and depression in heart disease, and other aspects of the psychiatric care of patients with general medical illness. Dr. Shapiro has served as the president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, and the American Psychosomatic Society and is a member of the ABPN Psychosomatic Medicine Certification Committee.

Erik Vanderlip, M.D.

Erik Vanderlip was raised in Tulsa, OK and received his Bachelor's degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2007, Erik relocated to Iowa City where he completed a combined residency in family medicine and psychiatry.  He is currently at the University of Washington pursuing a health services research fellowship improving primary care for persons enrolled in the public mental health system.  In addition to serving on the Council, Dr. Vanderlip is also the Resident-Fellow Member Trustee to the Board.

Thomas N. Wise, M.D.

Dr. Wise is Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and  George Washington, where he is Associate Chair.   He is Chair of Psychiatry at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church,Va.  Dr. Wise is currently the President-Elect of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine.  He serves on the editorial boards of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychosomatics.  He is certified in both General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine   Dr. Wise has authored or co authored over 315 papers or textbook chapters. He has also edited or co edited 8 books, Most recently Psycho-Oncology with the American Psychiatric Press.  


Resident/Fellow Members

Vanessa Torres Llenza, M.D., APA/SAMHSA Fellow