PPF Alumni Bios

October 2006


Kevin Baill (2001-02) is a staff psychiatrist for Counseling Services, Inc. the community mental health center for York County, ME, working with ACT and Intensive Community Integration teams in rural and suburban settings outside Portland, ME. He previously worked as ACT psychiatrist-in-charge at Beth Israel and medical director at Project Reachout. In his spare time, he enjoys ice climbing and changing diapers.


Mary Barber (1996-97) is Clinical and Medical Director of the Ulster County Mental Health Department in Kingston, NY, where she did her fellowship placement. She is past president of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and through that group recently completed a documentary film on reparative therapy and the ex-gay movement. 


Anne Bauer (1986- 87) is the Medical Services Director for Northeast Center for Youth and Families in Easthampton, MA. In May of 2005 she became board certified in Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. She continues to be a psychiatric consultant to the Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield, MA.


John Bennett (1994-95) is Medical Director for Adapt of Texas, a provider of community based psychiatric and psychosocial rehabilitation services. He is also the Vice-President for Adult Psychiatry of Adapt Psychiatric Services, PLLC which provides telemedicine psychiatric services to underserved areas.


John Bischof (1999-00) was for five years Medical Director of Cascadia, the largest non-profit behavioral healthcare agency in Portland, OR. He is currently working temporarily at the Blue Mountain Recovery Center, the state hospital for the eastern, rural portion of Oregon, and is negotiating an academic and medical administrative leadership position with the Oregon Health & Science University, the Oregon State Hospital and Office of Mental Health & Addictions Services.

 

Brian Bronson (2002-03) is currently the Director of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Residency Education in Psychosomatic Medicine (NYU) and Primary Care Based Mental Health at the New York VA Medical Center.


Page Burkholder (1990-91) is the Medical Director of Ambulatory Adult Behavioral Health at Kings County Hospital Center. She has spent the last few years studying and investigating the use of Cognitive Therapy in the treatment of Psychosis. She collaborated on a pilot study of the CBT of Schizophrenia in late 2005. She has been chosen to be a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia for 2006-2007.

 

Bill Cook (1994-95) is Medical Director of Baptist Behavioral Health Services in Jackson, Mississippi. He overseas a 24 bed geropsychiatric unit, hospital consult service, chemical dependency center, partial hospitalization psychiatric program, and also teaches 3rd year medical students from the University of Mississippi Medical School that rotate through the geropsychiatric unit.


Tiffany Cummins (2004-05) is currently Physician-In-Charge of Beth Israel's ACT team 3 days a week, and also works 2 days a week on a new Pathways ACT team in downtown Brooklyn. She continues to fight with OMH and SPOA. Still no husband and no kids.


Vanessa de la Cruz (2005-06) is the Medical Director at Project Renewal’s Kenton Hall, a 100-bed shelter for men on methadone. She worked in San Francisco at a community mental health clinic for a year before moving to New York for the Public Psychiatry Fellowship.


Robert Doty (2004-05) is the Medical Director of the Crossroads Program at the Center for Community Alternatives and a staff psychiatrist at YAI/NIPDN. This past summer he taught principles of group psychotherapy to PGYIII psychiatry residents at NYU and is the Premier HealthCare liason for NYU medical student rotations.


Dianna Dragatsi (2003-04) did her fellowship placement at, and is now director of, the Inwood Clinic of Washington Heights Community Service. She also works on the Adult Psychiatry Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) one day a week. Since completing her fellowship, she is happy to have added a now 14 month old daughter to her family.


Michele Fallon Travers (1998-99) has been Residency Training Director at Delaware Psychiatric Center, the only state hospital in Delaware. She has also completed psychoanalytic training at The William Alanson White Institute. She is currently living in Bermuda.


Mara Fiorentino (1998-99) is staff psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital, working for the WeCare Program, funded by FEGS and the NYC Human Resources Administration. She served as Unit Chief of the Multicultural Adult and Geriatric Unit at Elmhurst Hospital and of the Triage Unit at Rockland Psychiatric Center. She is president of the Argentine-American Medical Society.


Sarah Flanders (1997-98) is a staff psychiatrist at Mercy Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, PA and medical director of Mercy's Residential Treatment Facility for Adults, an outpatient facility for patients diverted from commitment to state hospitals. She will spend next year in Australia, working as a staff psychiatrist for Hunter-New England Mental Health Services. She is hoping to learn more about the pros and cons of Australia's single-payor health insurance plan.


Danny Garza (1993-94) is Director of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program for Queens County. He is the Founder/Director of the Open Door Clinic of Elmhurst Hospital, an outpatient psychiatric service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations and the first Health and Hospitals Corporation program specifically targeting this population. He is the consulting psychiatrist for a primary care clinic for LGBT teens and is in private practice.


Richard Gersh (1987 - 88) is the Executive Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, serving the 5 boroughs of New York City, since 2002. He is past president of, and still active in, the New York regional chapter of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators.

 

Stanislaw Golec (2006-07), Polish-born physician, US-trained psychiatrist with MPH in health management and policy, affiliated with University of Michigan Health System. He has worked in a Psychiatric Emergency Service a PTSD clinic. Prior to joining PPF he was Medical Director for ValueOptions in Michigan. He is investigator on two NIH Fogarty International Center training grants with academic partners in Poland.


A. Nazlim Hagmann (2004-05) is currently working as an attending at Kings County Hospital, is at the faculty of SUNY Downstate and involved in clinical research with the Schizophrenia Research Program at SUNY. She is currently completing an MPH program at Heinrich Heine University in Germany.


Marianne Ireland (1991-92) lives in the one stoplight community of Indiantown, FL and is board certified in addiction psychiatry. She was Board Director and then Chairman of the largest non-profit behavioral health provider for four counties. She is also Board Director of Florida's largest Planned Parenthood affiliate. She has a 13-year-old daughter and 5-year-old twin boys.


Julie Kelso (2005-06) continues to work at her fellowship placement, the Inwood Clinic of Washington Heights Community Service. She functions as a liaison between the clinic and primary care clinics and is working on a project to implement physical health monitoring guidelines. She also works at the NYPH CPEP.


Andrew J. Kolodny (2003-04) is Vice Chairman for Clinical Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center, and previously Medical Director for Special Projects for NYC DMH. At DMH he led the development of citywide buprenorphine treatment programs. He is a former President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators NY Regional Chapter and is presently Chairman of the APA NY County District Branch Public Psychiatry Committee.


Vassilios Latoussakis (2005-2006) is currently a research fellow in geriatric psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College (Payne Whitney-Westchester campus). His placement as a public psychiatry fellow was at Gouverneur Hospital where he worked with older adults in the skilled nursing facility and with HIV

patients in the outpatient clinic. Prior to that, he completed fellowships in geriatric psychiatry and consultation-liaison.

 

Stephanie Le Melle (1997-98) is Clinical Director of New York State Psychiatric Institute and The Assisted Outpatient (AOT) Coordinator for the Institute. She is Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing, and a member of the Mac Arthur Foundation's Network on Mandated Community Treatment. She is an active member of NAMI and has worked closely with NAMI and other advocacy organizations in the Upper Manhattan Community.


Regina (Reggie) LeVerrier, MD (1999-2001) is the medical director of Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center where she fulfills her life-long dream of working with drug addicts. She is starting a Buprenorphine program there to enable some patients to get off Methadone. She also works at Premiere Healthcare/YAI serving people with mental retardation in clinics and group homes in three boroughs of NYC. She snowboards as much as possible during the winter months.


Tomer Levin (2001-02) is an attending psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Previously he was head of psycho- oncology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His research interests include mixed anxiety-depression and cognitive therapy. He still uses the Logic Model that he learnt during the PPF to map out programatic and research goals.


Dova Marder (1991-92) is the Agency Medical Director for the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Prior to creating her current job, in 2000, she served as the first Medical Director of Project Renewal’s Fort Washington Men's Shelter. From 1992 to 1997, she was the Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she remains on voluntary faculty. Her main loves, apart from Community Psychiatry, are Stevie, her husband, and Matan (2).


Bryan McGreal (1993-94) has been is agency Medical Director at Bowery Residents’ Committee since 2004. He worked in the AIDS program at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital from 1994-95 which was his PPF clinical placement site. He then worked at Greenwich House as the Medical Director in their AIDS and substance abuse programs from 1995-2004. He was certified in Addiction Medicine in 2004.

 

Hunter McQuistion (1989-90) is Director of the Division of Integrated Psychiatric Services at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He was formerly Chief Medical Officer for the NYC DMH. He is a Representative at Large of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, a recipient of NAMI's Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Anthony T. Ng (1995-96) is currently working at the DC Department of Mental Health CPEP. He has been active in the area of disaster mental health, including being the former medical director of Disaster Psychiatry Outreach as well as immediate past chair of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. He is currently on the board of director with the National Mental Health Association.


Warren Y.K. Ng (1998-99) is the Director of the Special Needs Clinic at NY Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC and the Co-Director of the Family Care Center at Harlem Hospital. His area of interest is HIV psychiatry with children and families.


Paula Panzer (1992-93) is Deputy Chief Psychiatrist and Associate Director, Center for Trauma Program Innovation at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, NY. She enjoys teaching PPF fellows and Columbia residents while also directing the implementation and evaluation of trauma informed services in diverse community settings.(1998-99).


Jorge R. Petit (1995-96) is Associate Commissioner for Program Services for the Division of Mental Health in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has published the Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry and The Seven Beliefs – A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Latinas Recognize and Overcome Depression: awarded the 2004 Latino Literary Award for “Best Health Book.”


Stephen Theccanat (1993-94) is Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. He has administrative and clinical responsibilities, supervises 4 outpatient psychiatrists, and teaches residents and medical students. He is a board member of the Youseum (www.youseum.org). He lives in Long Branch near the ocean with his life partner of 18 years, two stray cats and a rotund beagle.


Jeanie Tse (2006-07) is a fellow placed at the Institute for Community Living. She is a graduate of McGill University’s psychiatry residency. Her research interests include the prevention and treatment of early disruptive behavior disorders and the implementation of evidence-based parent training. She has recently piloted a cognitive behavioral group intervention for teens with ADHD, funded by an AACAP Elaine Schlosser Lewis Foundation award.

 

Serena Yuan Volpp (2002-03) is the Unit Chief of the Residency Training Unit at Bellevue Hospital. Prior to that she worked at her fellowship placement, the Asian Bicultural Clinic at Gouverneur. She currently serves as chair of the APA Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues and is co-chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry's Committee on GLBT Issues.


Joseph Weiner (1996-97) is Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service and Director of the Program in the Patient Doctor Relationship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. He, his wife Lisa and their six year old daughter Tessa are eagerly awaiting the adoption of a child from China.


Kenneth Wilson (1996-97) has been Director of Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Hospital-Midtown division since May 2003, and manages their emergency, consultation and in-patient services. He currently resides in Westchester with his wife and 13 year old daughter.


Rose Yu-Chin (1982-84) is Assistant Director of Acute Hospital Psychiatric Services, Cabrini Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. In the last 20 years, she has served in psychiatric leadership positions in Connecticut and New York. She is 2006-07 president of the New York Regional Chapter of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators. She is also past president and present member of the Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Executive Board.