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Patrice Harris’ AMA Election A Shining Example of Medical Leadership in 2018

After winning the election at the Annual Meeting of The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) last week in Chicago, longtime APA Member Patrice Harris, M.D., will serve as President-elect of the association. She received a standing ovation from the delegates when her election was announced. Dr. Harris has served on the AMA’s Board of Trustees since 2011 and is chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. She will be the first African-American woman to serve as President at the AMA when she assumes office in June 2019. I offer her my sincere congratulations on a well-deserved election result, as well as personal tanks for all this time she has been an active member of APA and a personal friend to many of us.

Exploring New Horizons at the Royal College International Congress

I do a fair bit of traveling as part of my duties as APA’s CEO and Medical Director, and one of my very favorite destinations every year is the United Kingdom, where each summer I attend the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ (RCP) International Congress.

An Update from APA’s New Washington D.C. Home

It’s been just more than a month since the American Psychiatric Association made our return to the District of Columbia, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going.

CMS Pledges to Work with States to Address Opioid Crisis

On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would work with states on special waivers to section 1115 of the Social Security Act designed to improve access to and quality of treatment for Medicaid patients struggling with addiction. This is a boon to local communities that are struggling to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.

Honoring Dr. John Fryer, A Hero for LGBT Rights

Last week I was honored to deliver a keynote address at the dedication ceremony for a Pennsylvania state historical marker honoring John Fryer, M.D., in Philadelphia. Dr. Fryer holds a special place in the history of the American Psychiatric Association and the LGBTQ community, but the very nature of his contribution has made it difficult for him to achieve the recognition he deserved.