Background

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Leadership

APA

Assembly Representative, Representing Asian American Caucus, 1996-2002; Brooklyn DB, 2002-2017. Committee of Minority and Underrespresented Groups Representatives (MUR) 1996-2002
Founding President, Caucus on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Issues, 2013-2017
Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2006-07;
Vice-Chair, Council on Member DB Relations, 2005-09
Representative to the IMG Section of the AMA, 1997-98
Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Governors, 2016 –present
APA Representative to Post-Tsunami Mental Health Conference, India, 2005
Other past positions: Council on Global Psychiatry; Committee on CL Psychiatry and Primary Care Education; Committee on Health Services Research; Workgroup on Member Retention; Task Force on Practice Guidelines for Major Depression, Consultant; APA and APA Assembly Nominating Committees.

New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA), Secretary 2013-2017; Legislative Committee, and Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee; several other committees in the past, including Chair, Education Committee, 1992-96. Founding Chair and organizer, Annual Residents/Fellows’ Scholarly Poster Presentations Contest, 2015-present (30 residency programs).

Brooklyn Psychiatric Society (BPS): President, 1990-92; several other positions; Founding Chair and organizer, Annual Residents’ Scholarly Presentations Contest, 1991-present. This was the first such program organized by a DB of the APA. Founding Chair and organizer, Annual 5K Run, Walk & Meet Physician Wellness Event, 2014-present.

Other Organizations

Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA): Chair, Board of Trustees, 2013-2017; President 1996-98.

Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC): Board of Directors, 2013-2018; Program Committee Co-Chair, 2011-12; Finance Committee Chair, 2013-15.

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP): Chair, Committee on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; Steering Committee; Consultant, Committee on Psychiatry & Religion.

Society for Liaison Psychiatry, Secretary 1997-98.

Have served on research and international relations committees in American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).

Education

Medical degree from Madras Medical College, India
Residency in Internal Medicine, Brooklyn-Cumberland Medical Center, and LIJ-HMC Queens Hospital Center, NY
Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc), a post-doctoral doctorate degree, awarded by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, after research training and dissertation defense.
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. My certification is current in all, but I am one of the early leaders against the burdensome and unnecessary aspects of MOC.

Work

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center: Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, consulting to Ob-Gyn, Medical-Surgical and HIV Programs.
Research on Gynecologic Oncology, HIV, Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Adherence, Substance Use, Medical Ethics, Doctor-Patient Communication, Thanatology, Medical Education.
Medical Student and Residents Education.
Chair, Psychiatry CME Program.

Interim Psychiatry Residency Program Director, March – October, 2018.
Private Practice of Psychiatry, initially as a solo practitioner, then as part of a University Faculty Practice Plan.

Honors

APA Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

APA Ronald A. Shellow Award for outstanding service to the APA Assembly.

APA George Tarjan Award for contributions to integration of international medical graduates into American Psychiatry.

Listed in Castle Connelly Best Doctors List, continually from 1994-Present.

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

APA Nancy Roeske Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Education.

American Association of Psychiatrists from India Award for distinguished contributions to mental health science.

Marquis “Who’s Who in America”, 2000.

Marquis “Who’s Who in the World”, 1988.

Family

My wife is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and is the Chair of Pediatrics at an academic medical center. We are proud to have raised three socially conscious children. Two sons are in government service in New York and California. Our daughter is a medical student in Philadelphia.

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