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NAMI Recognizes Outstanding Psychiatrists
For Immediate Release, May 16, 2000
Contacts: Mary Rappaport 703-524-7600
CHICAGO, IL - The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill today honored 52 psychiatrists with its 2000 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrists Award during the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Chicago. Selected by NAMI's grassroots membership, these physicians are being recognized for making substantial contributions in clinical care, in public education, or in advocacy efforts.
"These special medical professionals have gone the extra mile on behalf of people with severe mental illnesses and their families," said NAMI Executive Director Laurie Flynn. "NAMI's Exemplary Psychiatrist Award recognizes the invaluable contributions made by these caring professionals, and allows NAMI members to show their gratitude for lives reclaimed.
"NAMI is pleased to honor these outstanding individuals, not only for what they've done to bring about real recovery for people with severe mental illnesses, but also for their contributions to greater public understanding of these disorders and for their dedication to eliminating the stigma that far too often shadows mental illness," said Flynn.
Among this year's honorees are:
- Peter J. Weiden, M.D., nationally recognized expert on new schizophrenia treatments and co-author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications
- Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D., host of the weekly, award-winning national public radio series, "The Infinite Mind" and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health
- Elizabeth Baxter, M.D., a consumer psychiatrist who is actively involved in providing assertive community treatment programs to individuals with severe mental illness in Nashville, TN
Since 1991, NAMI's Exemplary Psychiatrist Award has been presented to more than 750 psychiatrists serving people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and severe anxiety disorders. This year's honorees include psychiatrists from Canada, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
To qualify for the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, an individual must have set an example for his or her professional colleagues and have shown outstanding leadership and perseverance in at least one of the following areas:
- Fighting Discriminatory Policies. Has been a leader in fighting injustices and discrimination against people with brain disorders by taking a public stand against discriminatory policies in public or private systems of care, housing or employment.
- Increasing Public Understanding of Brain Disorders. Has routinely worked to educate the public about brain disorders and the people who have them, through public speaking, participation in public education programs, or similar events.
- Fighting Stigma. Has routinely worked to fight stigmatizing and stereotyping portrayals of people with brain disorders through speaking out, letter writing or similar activities.
- NAMI Campaign. Has personally supported and actively participated in NAMI's Campaign to End Discrimination, a campaign dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with brain disorders, ensuring dignity, raising public awareness, and increasing access to services and treatments.
Editors Note: Attached is a complete list of honorees and the cities and states in which they practice. Please feel free to contact the awardees directly for additional comment.
F. Cleveland Kinney, Ph.D., M.D., Birmingham
Clint W. Anthony, M.D., Prescott
Jerry L. Dennis, M.D., Phoenix
William James, M.D., Phoenix
Jeffrey L. Schwimmer, M.D., M.P.H., Phoenix
Paul B. Tilyou, M.D., Prescott
Stephen Marder, M.D., Los Angeles
Steven G. Potkin, M.D., Irvine
William T. Prey, M.D., San Francisco
Charles Torrey, M.D., Santa Cruz
Ann Olincy, M.D., Denver
District of Columbia
Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D.
Kenneth Gorelick, M.D.
Paramjit T. Joshi, M.D.
Eliot Sorel, M.D.
Carlos E. Berry, M.D., F.A.P.A., Largo
Omar Rieche, M.D., Fort Myers
Abbey Strauss, M.D., Boca Raton
Thomas Thieman, M.D., New Port Richey
Robert M. Rose, M.D., Chicago
Chandragupta Vedak, M.D., Crystal Lake
Jay D. Fawver, M.D., Ft. Wayne
Frances R. Frankenburg, M.D., Bedford
David N. Osser, M.D., Cambridge
Roger Peele, M.D., Gaithersburg
Trey Sunderland, M.D., Bethesda
Gordon Robinson, M.D., St. Louis
Eric Peterson, M.D., Asheville
Subhash C. Bhatia, M.D., Omaha
Susan J. Boust, M.D., Omaha
Robert Drake, M.D., Lebanon
John Lauriello, M.D., Albuquerque
Delbert Robinson, M.D., Glen Oaks
Peter J. Weiden, M.D., Brooklyn
Robert L. Kuykendal, M.D., Cincinnati
Roknedin Safavi, M.D., Beachwood
Michael Alan Schwartz, M.D., Gates Mills
Stephen L. Greer, M.D., Tulsa
Alan J. Cohn, M.D., Eugene
James Bonnar, M.D., Warwick
Patricia Recupero, J.D., M.D., Providence
Mujeeb Khan, M.D., Yankton
Elizabeth Baxter, M.D., Nashville
Gary L. Etter, M.D., Fort Worth
Marshall B. Lucas, M.D., Houston
James M. Martinez, M.D., Galveston
Edwin E. Gatewood, M.D., Norfolk
Ingrid Schmedtje, D.O., Chesapeake
John P.D. Shemo, M.D., Charlottesville
Brian Greenfield, M.D., Montreal, Quebec
Eduardo Bernabe Ordaz Ducunge, M.D.,
Jose Fumero-Vidal, M.D., San Juan