WPA News, May 2017 

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WPA Executive Council Elections Results

Congratulations and welcome to Justin Schoen, MD who officially takes over as president of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association on May 22nd. Doctor Schoen is Psychiatry Specialty Lead at Marshfield Clinic, serves as Clinical Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at the Univ. of WI School of Medicine and Public Health, and has served in leadership roles in WPA, APA and the Wisconsin Medical Society for a number of years. 

"I look forward to working with a group of energetic and talented leadership over the next two years to ensure the interests of psychiatry and our patients are well-served," said Schoen. "I also want to take a moment to offer my sincere thanks to my predecessor, Dr. Jeffrey Marcus, for his steadfast leadership and innovation in creating the WPA Mentor Program, which pairs medical students with WPA members for a look at psychiatry they may not get in medical school."

WPA congratulates all who were recently elected or appointed to serve on the 2017-2019 WPA Executive Council:

  • President-Elect: John Schneider, MD
  • Secretary: Angela Janis, MD
  • Treasurer: Molli Rolli, MD
  • Councilors at Large: Jon Berlin, MD; Barbara Hale-Richlen, MD; Jerry Halverson, MD; Anne Miller, MD; Mara Pheister, MD; Ken Robbins, MD
  • APA Assembly Representatives: Clarence Chou, MD; Michael Peterson, MD
  • Milwaukee Chapter: Tony Thrasher, DO (President); Mitzi (MJ) Kramer, MD (ECP)
  • Northern Chapter: Gabriella Hangiandreou, MD (President); Meredith Holbrook, MD (ECP)
  • Southern Chapter: Cindy Stanford, MD (President); Elliott Lee, MD (ECP)
  • Resident Fellow Member Reps: Gegory Burek, MD & Erika Steinbrenner, MD from MCW; Katrina Hickle-Koclanes, MD from Univ. of WI.

Wisconsin Meet-Up at APA in San Diego

All members of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and any psychiatrist practicing in Wisconsin who plans to attend the APA Annual Meeting are invited to attend the Univ. of WI, Dept. of Psychiatry Reception on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Kimpton Solamar Hotel, 435 Sixth Avenue. If you plan to attend, please notify Amber Sebastian at Sebastian@wisc.edu ASAP. 


WPA Members Presenting at APA-2017

Heading to San Diego? Be sure to seek out your Wisconsin colleagues who are scheduled to present at the APA Annual Meeting:

  • Carlyle Chan, MD
  • Clarence Chou, MD
  • Vikas Gupta, MD
  • Robert Kennedy, MD
  • H. Steven Moffic, MD
  • Art Walaszek, MD
  • Christina Wichman, DO

Ethics, Integrated Care and Complex Patients to be Examined at WPA Fall Conference, Oct. 5-6

The  WPA Fall conference will be held October 5-6, 2017 at the InterContinental in Milwaukee. This educational event will cover three focus areas:

  • Ethical complexities facing psychiatric medicine, in particular the controversies surrounding physician assisted suicide and other end of life issues;
  • Techniques in effectively managing complex and difficult patients, including those with personality disorders, active addiction issues and others;
  • Benefits of integrated models of care for psychiatry

Presenters are confirmed and registration is open online.


WPA Provides Written Testimony Against Chiropractic Bill

Wisconsin Psychiatric Association leaders joined other physicians and acupuncturists in opposing a bill that would allow chiropractors to perform physical examinations for student athletes and practice "chiropractic acupuncture" and "chiropractic dry needling" if they receive additional training. The proposal would allow physical exams, as required by some schools for participation in sports or other activities, be completed by chiropractors who held a certification.   

Read WPA testimony
Read article.


State Lawmakers Approve Bills Targeting Opioid Addiction
May 3, Wisconsin Health News

The Senate and Assembly passed a number of bills that are part of Gov. Scott Walker's special session targeting opioid addiction Tuesday.

The proposals originated from a preliminary report issued in January by a task force co-chaired by Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

"With the nine special session bills advanced today, the Senate has taken several great strides towards helping to combat our state's ongoing opioid crisis," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in a statement. Read more.


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