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Rolli Inaugurated as Wisconsin Medical Society President

Monday, April 16, 2018  
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Jerry Halverson, MD, DFAPA

Friday the 13th of April 2018 was a lucky day for the physicians and patients of Wisconsin as Past WPA President and current member of the WPA Executive Council, Martha “Molli” Rolli, MD was inaugurated as the 167th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

Dr. Rolli is an outlier as President. She is amongst a handful of psychiatrists to hold the position and the eighth female President in the history of the Society.

Dr. Rolli is currently medical director at Mendota Mental Health Institute. She has been in our leadership at WPA for many years since her presidency from 2003-2005. She has helped to chart the path of the organization and playing a large role in many of our successes for the promotion of mental health care in Wisconsin.  

Dr. Rolli brings a wealth of experience in the Medical Society having recently completed a term as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Medical Society. Her inaugural address made clear her presidential theme was to increase access to high quality psychiatric care in Wisconsin. To this end, the Wisconsin Medical Society (WMS) has convened a “Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force” that Dr. Rolli will continue to Chair as President. This Task Force was convened to help WMS marshal its considerable clout and resources to improve access to quality psychiatric care in Wisconsin. The Task Force convenes multiple stakeholders form the physician community, including the WPA. As you know, nearly 1.5 million of our fellow Wisconsinites are dealing with illness and our State has the 4th highest prevalence of mental illness in the nation, yet we rank only 34th in terms of mental health work force availability. Through this Task Force and through her Presidency, Dr. Rolli hopes to address this crisis in Wisconsin by reducing stigma, increasing access to care and building the workforce.

We applaud Dr Rolli for this honor and for giving psychiatric issues such visibility. We wish Dr. Rolli the best in her Presidency and feel confident that she knows that the WPA is strongly supporting her and will be at the table helping to push her agenda.