2017 MPS Election Biography Information

BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION

 

President-Elect

Patrick Triplett, M.D. – Current Position(s): Clinical Director and Physician Advisor,

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Served as Residents and Fellows Committee Co-Chair, Legislative Committee Member, Council Member.  Current Secretary Treasurer of MPS Executive Committee.

Personal Statement: I have been an MPS member since residency and have valued the opportunities for greater engagement this membership has allowed.  We face a number of challenges and opportunities in the near future and MPS is uniquely positioned to lead and provide counsel as new models of care and distribution of resources are proposed.  I look forward to being a part of our efforts to put our collective experience and expertise to good use in assuring our patients are provided the care they deserve.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Marsden McGuire, M.D., M.B.A.Current Position(s): Deputy Chief Consultant for Mental Health Standards of Care, Mental Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Clinical Staff, Sheppard Pratt Health System.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Past: Served as Geriatric Psychiatry Committee Chair, Peer Review Committee Member, Council Member.  Current: Geriatric Psychiatry Committee Chair, Council Member.

Personal Statement: My career in psychiatry has bridged three decades (all in Maryland, Delaware and D.C.) and progressed from clinical to research and eventually led to a national role in mental health policy and program implementation at the VA.  I have been involved with the MPS during most of that time and found this involvement to be instrumental to my understanding of how health systems work (and don’t) and how crucial it is keep the patient’s perspective in firm focus.  I hope to contribute to MPS as a leader as new pressures and opportunities confront patients and providers alike.  I am very grateful for your support.

Council

Jill Joyce, M.D. Current Position(s): – Full-time private practice in Crofton, Maryland for over 20 years.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): – Served on the Payer-Relations Committee for 2 years, currently on the Diversity Committee

Personal StatementIt has been very interesting working with other MPS members to address some of the issues that we as psychiatrists face. The MPS plays an important role in helping its members navigate changes in the field, such as when the new service codes were introduced several years ago. Many of us benefited from the classes that MPS held, to help us prepare for those changes. Now is another crucial time for physicians everywhere, and for mental health providers in particular, as we face uncertainty about the future of our healthcare system. Once again, MPS is there to support us through this. I am excited to have the opportunity to help with this effort.

 

Annette L. Hanson, M.D. Current Position(s): Director of the University of Maryland Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship; Assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins; Active with American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; consulting psychiatrist in the Division of Correction.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Former chair of the MPS Forensic Committee, served on the Communications and Women’s Issues Committees. Current MPS Council member and co-chair of the legislative committee. Current APA Assembly representative for Area 3, Area 3 liaison for the APA steering committee for practice guidelines.

 Personal Statement: My priority will be to improve communication between the MPS legislative committee and the general membership, to keep members informed in an on-going fashion about the state general assembly issues that affect daily practice, and to increasingly involve members-in-training. As Area 3 rep I will coordinate local concerns with APA actions on a national level.

 

Ronald F. Means, M.D.Current Position(s): Catholic Charities – Assistant Medical Director of Community-Based Services, Private Practice – Child, Adolescent and Adult, Forensic Psychiatry Consultation, Clinical Instructor – Johns Hopkins, Clinical Assistant Professor – University of Maryland

Past/Present MPS Positions: 2003-05 Resident and Fellows Committee Co- Chair, 2016 – present Ethics Committee

Personal Statement: It would be my pleasure to serve as a Council member for the Maryland Psychiatric Society. I envision that as my career progresses, I will do more work in policy for standards of care in mental health treatment.  I am hoping that serving as a MPS Council member will be an entrée into that field.  I will add diversity to the Council based upon my personal background but also based upon my work as a community, child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist.  My training and work experience provide a unique perspective from which the Council can benefit.

 

Cynthia Major Lewis, M.D.Current Position(s): Private Practice Silver Spring and Baltimore, MD, Former Director of The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Psychiatry, Former Instructor, Johns Hopkins Department of Community Psychiatry

Personal Statement: It would be my honor to serve on the council of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.  Through my role as an Instructor in Community Psychiatry and as Director of an inner city Psychiatric Emergency Department; I have become increasingly concerned regarding the plight of our most vulnerable populations and how untreated mental health conditions impact every aspect of their life.  I live two blocks from what was considered “ground zero” during the Baltimore City riots.  As an African American psychiatrist, that experience had a profound impact on me.  I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch our communities’ self -destruct.  Becoming a more active member of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and serving on the council will allow me to start putting my thoughts and ideas into action.  It is my hope that my involvement will add a unique perspective to the group.  I am ready for a challenge and am long overdue for paying it forward.  I humbly request your support.

 

Mark J. Ehrenreich, M.D.Current Position(s): Chief of Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Director of Residency Training, University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Past/Present MPS Positions: MPS Peer Review Committee, 2000 – 2002. MPS Council, 2007 – 2011 & 2015 – 2017, MPS Ethics Committee, 2009 – present, MPS Distinguished Fellowship Committee, 2009 – present, Chair of MPS Distinguished Fellowship Committee 2016 – present. Board Member, Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, 2011 – present.

Personal Statement: I am a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School and the University of Maryland Psychiatric Residency Program. I am a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Over the past 27 years, I have worked primarily in the field of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry while also maintaining a small private practice. As a consultation psychiatrist, I am committed to the integration of psychiatric and medical practice. I believe that the upcoming changes in healthcare delivery and reimbursement will make this integration even more important. As someone who has been involved in the training of medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows, I am also deeply committed to ensuring that the next generation of psychiatrists is well trained and that they will be prepared to provide care in a variety of settings. I am also committed to engaging psychiatric residents in the vital work of the MPS. I would be pleased to represent you on the MPS Council.

 

Virginia Ashley, M.D. Current Position(s): I currently have a very busy private practice which I have built since 1989.  Since 1992 I have had a part time Clinical Associate professorship at University of Maryland where I do consult liason at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): MPS Council, 2015-current.  Currently active in book club.

Personal Statement: I have been a member of Maryland Psychiatric Society since 1986 when I joined as a resident at Sheppard Pratt.  I am looking forward to joining the leadership of Maryland Psychiatric Society and contributing at this time in my career.  I look forward to engaging in work which would benefit psychiatrists and their patients

 

Crystal C. Watkins, M.D., Ph.D. Current Position(s): Director, The Memory Clinic in the Neuropsychiatry Program at Sheppard Pratt Health System; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Institutional Review Board Member, Sheppard Pratt,

Past/Present MPS/APA Position(s): MPS Diversity Committee, 2015- present; Member, APA Council on Research 2014-16; Fellow, APA, 2014- present.

Personal Statement:  I am passionate about my community and my profession as a Geriatric Psychiatrist. If elected to serve as a Council Member, I would be honored to work with leaders in the MPS to build bridges with our political leaders and medical peers and advance access to mental health treatment in Maryland.  As a life-long Baltimore resident, I would utilize my network in the Greater Baltimore area- partnering with schools, patient advocate groups and community organizations- to address issues of stigma associated with psychiatric care.  I plan to bring diversity to the Council with my unique perspective of working at both Sheppard Pratt and Johns Hopkins in clinical research, residency education, inpatient care, community outreach and administration. With your support, I plan to contribute to the valuable mission of the MPS by offering new ideas and fostering camaraderie among members. Thank you for your consideration. 

 

Cynthia Fields, M.D. – None Available

 

Nominations & Elections Committee

Ann Hackman, M.D. – Current Position(s):  Division Director for Community Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, Medical Director University of Maryland’s Programs of Assertive Community Treatment, Senior Psychiatrist Maryland Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RA1SE) Connection program (a component of the Maryland Early Intervention Program)

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Chair of the MPS Public Psychiatry Committee, MPS Council member.

Personal Statement: If elected to another term on Council, my goal will be to foster to promote public mental health services and to help Maryland psychiatrists navigate changes impacting public mental health.  I remain committed to addressing stigma and to the training and early career support of young psychiatrists, particularly those committed to working with individuals with serious mental illnesses.

 

Mark J. Ehrenreich, M.D.  – Current Position(s):  Chief of Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Director of Residency Training, University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Past/Present MPS Position(s): MPS Peer Review Committee, 2000 – 2002. MPS Council, 2007 – 2011 & 2015 – 2017, MPS Ethics Committee, 2009 – present, MPS Distinguished Fellowship Committee, 2009 – present, Chair of MPS Distinguished Fellowship Committee 2016 – present. Board Member, Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, 2011 – present.

Personal Statement: I am a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School and the University of Maryland Psychiatric Residency Program. I am a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Over the past 27 years, I have worked primarily in the field of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry while also maintaining a small private practice. As a consultation psychiatrist, I am committed to the integration of psychiatric and medical practice. I believe that the upcoming changes in healthcare delivery and reimbursement will make this integration even more important. As someone who has been involved in the training of medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows, I am also deeply committed to ensuring that the next generation of psychiatrists is well trained and that they will be prepared to provide care in a variety of settings. I am also committed to engaging psychiatric residents in the vital work of the MPS. I would be pleased to continue my service to the MPS by serving on the Nominations and Elections Committee.

 

Susan Lehmann, M.D.Current Positions: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Clinical Director of Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Psychiatry Clerkship Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Chair of the MPS Nominations Committee, MPS Councilor, Chair of MPS Membership Committee

Personal Statement: It has been a pleasure to serve the MPS, both on the Membership Committee for many years, as a Councilor, and on the Nominations and Elections Committee. The MPS is essential to our work as Maryland psychiatrists and advocates for our profession and our patients. As a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee I will work to ensure continued excellent leadership in our organization, which brings together psychiatrists from all practice environments

 

Merle C. McCann, M.D. Current Position(s): Senior Psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, serving as Service Chief of the Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit, sitting on the Medical Executive Committee and maintaining an Outpatient Personal Practice; Clinical Assistant Professor at UMMS.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Current MPS President, past member of Council, past member of Peer Review Committee, board member of MPPAC.

Personal Statement: It has been my privilege to serve as President of the MPS over the past year.  I have been impressed by the talented and dedicated psychiatrists who devote so much of their time to the betterment of our profession and our professional organization.  The MPS serves a vital and unique function for our community, provides invaluable support for its members and faces many challenges in the future. Psychiatry in Maryland will be confronted by increased demands for access to service in a system that is at near-capacity currently.  We need to maintain a strong presence in Annapolis to represent psychiatry’s best interests, especially given Maryland’s changing political climate.  We need to preserve our strong relationship with DHMH and foster relationships with other medical specialties.  It would be an honor for me to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee for the MPS in the coming year.  I would do my best to help steer MPS in the best direction to better serve its members and meet these challenges.

 

APA Assembly Representative

Brian Zimnitzky, M.D. – Current Position: Private Practice – Annapolis, MD; Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Instructor, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Past/Present MPS Positions(s): MPS Council Chair; Council Member; Legislative Committee.

Personal Statement: Approximately ten years ago, I joined the Maryland Psychiatric Society and became a member of the Legislative Committee, where I learned the critical role our organization serves in reviewing legislation pertaining to psychiatrists and patients.  I have valued the role the MPS has had in legislation, advocacy, professional development and the fostering of a professional community of psychiatrists. I have attended the Area 3 Assembly meetings while President of the MPS and am familiar with the Assembly operations.  As a representative from the MPS to the Area 3 Assembly, I would seek to represent the MPS goals and objectives.

 

Resident Fellow Member Councilor

Paul S. Nestadt, M.D. Current Position(s): Psychiatric Epidemiology Fellow at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Supervising Psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Anxiety Clinic. Managing Editor of the Johns Hopkins POC-IT Psychiatry Guide.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Current Chair of the MPS Resident/ Fellow Committee.

Personal Statement: I have been active at the student and junior levels of the APA since my first year of medical school when I joined the APA medical student section, PsychSIGN. After becoming the Area 2 (New York and surrounding states) chair, I was elected to the National Chairmanship of PsychSIGN and wrote the action paper, approved by the APA Board that created the first positions for medical students to serve on the APA Assembly. Throughout my residency and now fellowship, I have worked to facilitate psychiatrists-in-training in joining MPS and APA. In return, I hope to stir the MPS towards more mentorship and networking activities aimed at our most junior psychiatrists; as they are the members most important to the future of this organization.

 

Early Career Psychiatrist Councilor

Jessica V. Merkel-Keller, M.D.Current Position(s): People Encouraging People – Assertive Community Treatment Psychiatrist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Part-time Clinical Instructor.

Past/Present MPS Position(s): Editorial Board Advisory Committee.

Personal Statement: It is my honor to be nominated for the position of Early Career Psychiatrist Councilor on the MPS Council. In this role, it is my goal to represent members recently out of training connect to the MPS, and partake in educational, social, and career planning activities. ( In college I perused a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Biomedical Ethics simultaneously at Lafayette College, and continued examining issues in medical ethics in the Department of Experimental Medicine at McGill University, graduating with an M.Sc. During this time, I won a Canadian Institute of Health Research Grant to study ethical implications of genetic testing in newborn screening, and served in a research capacity for the Transcultural Psychiatry Unit, in addition to teaching bioethics courses at McGill Medical School. In 2010, I graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and received an MD with Distinction in Medical Education, in recognition of my bioethics teaching and research. While in residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I had an opportunity to teach psychiatry in Malaysia, and present a paper at the VI International Symposium on Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness in Havana, Cuba.) I enjoyed my training, and am pleased to be taking the next steps as an ECP. In my current position at Good Samaritan Hospital I have the pleasure of seeing out patients and hospital patients as a consultation liaison psychiatrist.