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NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists

May 21, 2007

San Diego, CA The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored 18 physicians with "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards" at the international American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting held in San Diego, California.

The NAMI awards are among the highest honors a psychiatrist can achieve, because nominations are made by the people who need their help the most—individuals and families who live with mental illnesses.

The 2007 awards focus especially on psychiatrists who have made substantial contributions to NAMI state or local activities, demonstrating exemplary commitment and expertise in their communities. 

"We recognize these exemplary psychiatrists for their contributions to consumer care," said NAMI national executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.  “They are the backbone to the nation’s mental health care system.  With their help, treatment and recovery for our nation’s most vulnerable population is possible.”

The honorees are from 15 states: Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.


NAMI 2007 Exemplary Psychiatrist Honorees


Aparna Vuppala M.D.             Huntsville


Arakel Davtian M.D.                Los Angeles

Patricia Guthrie, M.D.              Los Angeles


David E. Goldman D.O.          Springfield


Susan Slade M.D.                   Columbia


Lani Nicholson M.D.                Quincy

Anna Yoo M.D.                        Belmont


Saaid Khojasteh M.D.             St. Peters


Ivan Slatten M.D.                    Stillwater


James B. Whitworth M.D.         Billings

New York

John Beamer M.D.                    Gouverneur


Kenneth Certa M.D.                 Philadelphia

Rhode Island

Barry Wall M.D.                        Cranston

Richard Whalen M.D.               Warwick

South Dakota

Daniel Hicks M.D.                     Yankton


Douglas Gray M.D.                   Salt Lake City


Robert O. Friedel M.D.             Midlothian


Molli Hinkle M.D.                        Port Townsend

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