C. Rashad Smith, MD
C. Rashad Smith, MD (PGY-3) was elected to membership in the Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. AOA is the only national honor medical society in the world. Members are elected based
on their academic achievements, but their community and institutional stewardship
figure equally into their selection as well. Election to AOA is a distinction that
accompanies a physician throughout his or her career. Congratulations, Doc, on this
Our esteemed faculty member Glenda Wrenn, MD, contributed to a recently published book, "Military and Veteran Mental Health." Dr. Wrenn's chapter is titled "The Importance of US Military Cultural Competence."
Department Chair Gail Mattox, MD, recently spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, weighing in on the profound attachment
the public had to young Tripp Halstead before and after his death.
Associate professor Eugene Herrington, PhD, one of our program supervisors and didactic course instructor, was awarded the Dr. Lonnie E. MItchell Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award at the annual
Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Summit in Charlotte, NC ,in February. This is Dr. Herrington's second lifetime achievement
recognition for his outstanding services and consistent contributions to the advancement
of mental health and addiction professionals.
Jay Bhimani, MD (PGY-2) had his article, "Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: A Growing Problem" on the COVER of the March issue of the Current Psychiatry Journal. Way to represent!
Attendees at this year's American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New York City May 5-9 had the opportunity to see our RESIDENTS ON THE MOVE. Six
of our residents presented in various capacities (poster presentation, Research Colloquium
and more) at this prestigious national event, some even presented multiple times!
Drs. S, Brar, O. Edukuye, C. Hoffman, C. Rashad Smith, K. Simon, and V. Kumar...you
all ROCK! #teampsych
A big shout out to three of our residents for placing second and third in this year's
Georgia Psychiatric Association's Joe and Hope SKOBBA Poster Presentation Competition: V. Kumar, MD, and C. Rashad Smith, MD, for "An Evaluation of Patient Follow-up Visit
Correlations of Psychiatric and Primary Care Appointments" and Simran Brar, MD, for "Cultural Stigma and Observed Barriers to Mental Health Treatment
in a Local South Asian Community: A Community Needs Assessment."
We would like to recognize Vipan Kumar, MD, and program alum (now faculty) Roohi Abubaker, MD, for having their poster "Ketamine Use in Treatment Resistant Depression" accepted
for the European Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in France. KUDOS!
Left to right: Dr. Eugene Herrington, Dr. Vipan Kumar, Dr. Simran Brar, Dr. David
Satcher, Dr. Ellen Yancey, Dr. Glenda Wrenn, Dr. Gail Mattox, Dr. Kisha Holden, Dr.
Our former associate program director and current psychiatry faculty member, Glenda Wrenn, MD, led the 2017 inaugural Kennedy-Satcher Mental Health Equity Conference last November.
To quote Dr. Satcher, "There is no health, without mental health." We are proud of
the Satcher Health Leadership Institute's (SHLI) ongoing efforts to strengthen community
health and actualize the vision of MSM ... Leading the Creation and Advancement of
Once again our awesome program director is out in these Atlanta streets being her
great self! Deirdre Evans-Cosby, MD, represented MSM and the Psychiatry Residency Training Program on one of Atlanta's
largest urban radio stations, V-103. Dr. Cosby spoke about mental health stigmas
on the Ryan Cameron Morning Show for the kick off of "Hip Hop Doc Week" in October, presented by Grady Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Cosby also just received the Best MD4 Teacher Award at the Morehouse School of Medicine Faculty Appreciation Gala. This event is sponsored
by the MSM medical students and took place April 28 at the Fernbank Museum. So well
And if that's not enough, we're also delighted to announce that Dr. Cosby received
the Graduate Medical Education 2017 Faculty Member of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding service and dedication to residents, students and the entire GME
community at large.
Rashad Smith, MD (PGY-3, pictured below in back) volunteered his time to speak at the Reach One Each
One Lunch and Learn, part of a youth medical mentoring presentation. Represent!
The GME 2017 Resident of the Year is our own Jordan Howard, MD! A Fresno, Calif., native, Dr. Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology with
minors in natural science and Spanish from the University of Southern California.
After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked as a reproductive health assistant
with Planned Parenthood. Dr. Howard graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine
and earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare
management from Davenport University. He currently serves as one of our chief residents,
has been involved in many research projects, and written several published articles
including "Should Psychiatrists Perform Competency-to-be-Executed Evaluations?" featured
in the August 2016 issue of The American Journal Of Psychiatry Residents. Dr. Howard
is an active member of the Grady Transgender Task Force, a committee organized to
prepare for the opening of a transgender clinic at Grady Hospital this year. Following
completion of his residency, Dr. Howard plans to stay in Atlanta to work in correctional
mental health as well as continue in a role with the MSM Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Howard is one of the first of 10 graduate recipients of the MSM Loan Repayment
Program Award. By remaining in Georgia after graduation, he will receive $25,000 per year in loan repayments for two years. This assistance enables Dr. Howard can focus on
his work, his passion, rather than salary. Congratulations Dr. Howard!
Kevin Simon, MD, was our program's 2017 Resident of the Year. In addition, Dr. Simon was voted by third-year medical students as one of the six
residents selected for the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!
Dr. Simon was chosen from a competitive field of applicants to participate in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program. This program provides residents with a formal overview of the field of child and adolescent
psychiatry while establishing mentorship relationships with distinguished members
and experiencing the annual AACAP meeting in Washington D.C. this October! KUDOS Dr.
Kanaka Meyyazhagan, MD (PGY-4), and Simran Brar, MD (PGY-3), presented a poster at the annual American Psychiatric Association meeting
in San Diego titled "Developing Interest in Psychiatry Careers Among Medical Students." Their project received a write-up on the MDmag.com website, a medical magazine and
website that provides medical news and conference coverage for physicians.
Effective February 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Review Committee accredited our general psychiatry residency program with the status
of CONTINUED ACCREDITATION! The RRC commended the program for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the
ACGME's Program Requirements and Institutional Requirements without any new citations.
APA SAMSHA Fellow Swathi Krishna, MD (PGY-4), had the opportunity to co-author an APA blog post regarding mental health themes and themes of suicide and self-harm on the Netflix
show "13 Reasons Why."
#TEAMMSMPSYCH is once again making big moves! Vipan Kumar, MD (PGY-3), has had his painting and poem on PTSD accepted. It will be featured on the webpage of next month's edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry's Resident Journal. Way to go, Doc!
Sending a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Christopher Hoffman, MD, for being awarded the APA SAMSHA Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. This is one of the oldest most respected and admired
resident fellowships in the APA.
Kevin Simon, MD (PGY-2), was awarded the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship, which aims to create the next generation leaders in public psychiatry. The program
creates opportunities for residents to participate in important APA activities, plan workshops at IPS, and interact with thought leaders in the field of public psychiatry.
Swathi Krishna, MD (PGY-4) and Simran Brar, MD (PGY-3) have had their poster titled "Cultural Stigma and Observed Barriers to Mental
Health Treatment in a Local South Asian Community: A Community Needs Assessment" accepted
to present the the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health in Greenville, SC. The Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health enables stakeholders
to collaborate across disciplines and share research findings utilizing evidence-based
outcomes in order to improve patient-centered care.
Kevin M. Simon, MD (PGY-2), was offered a travel scholarship to attend the fifth annual Lown Institute in Boston. The institue is a think tank dedicated to research and public communication
to expose the deep-rooted failures and injustices in our health care system, and to
helping clinicians, patients and communities develop a shared vision for a better
Alumna Reyna L. Gilmore, MD ('11), of Cincinnati, was recognized as a 2017 Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of healthcare. Some
of her many accolades include: The inaugural Morehouse School of Medicine Resident
of the Year Award (2011); the National Medical Association EY Williams Resident of
Distinction Award (2011); and the Brian McConville, MD, Award upon completion of
her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship (2013).
MSM grad and assistant professor Ranjan Avasthi, MD, has had his team's case study published as one of the "cases that test your skills" in Current Psychiatry. Please
click on link for more information on this extremely interesting case on a patient
who was unresponsive and mute after he smoked 'Spice".
Dr. Kevin Simon is making headlines! He was just offered a GAP (Group for the Advancement
of Psychiatry) Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. He was chosen based on
his accomplishments, academic achievement, initiative, leadership and writing skills.
CONGRATULATIONS!! In addition, his abstract titled "Empowering Trainees and Guiding
Careers: Mentors and Sponsors in Clinical and \Organized Psychiatry" was approved for the 2017 APA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Glenda Wrenn, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and director of the Satcher
Health Leadership Institute Division of Behavioral Health, was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary
for Health Karen DeSalvo, MD, as one of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention Objectives for 2030.
Dr. Wrenn, along with Sarah Vinson, MD, are featured on WABE 90.1 FM -- Atlanta's National Public Radio station -- where
they spoke on "Mental Health Providers Wrestle Post-Election Fears, Trauma."
For another year, our program has earned APA's 100% Club Platinum Level status! This achievement is a testament to our program and our residents' commitment to
the psychiatric profession. Some of the few benefits our program has to look forward
to with this status:
- A practice resource gift for each resident and program director
- Priority access to moderator positions at the Annual Meeting and IPS: The Mental Health
- Welcome kits for incoming chief resident(s)
- Access to SET for Success, including more than 60 premium courses on the APA lLearning Center.
Women of Distinction Magazine selects Reyna Gilmore, MD, as a Distinguished Professional in her field. Dr. Gilmor became board certified in
psychiatry after completing her residency at Morehouse School of Medicine and her
child and adolescent fellowship at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
A big KUDOS to our own Eugene Herrington, Ph.D., MSW, M.Div, LCSW, for receiving the NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) Lifetime Achievement
Award at its annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. NAADAC President Kirk Bowden, MD,
presented the prestigious award, given to individuals who have established outstanding
services through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of the
addiction professional and its professionals at a national level.
Dr. Sheril Kalarithara along with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic
Society, and the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis are organizing a series of
FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS followed by a psychological discussion of the movie, led by a psychoanalyst and OPEN TO ALL. There will be four events this academic year with the initial screening taking place
Saturday, Oct. 29, 4 pm, at Harland Cinema on the Emory University campus. Dr. Ralph
Roughton will discuss the critically acclaimed and award-winning "45 Years," a "subtle examination of the persistence of the past and the fragile (in)stability
of the present." The Observer wrote that the lead performances "turn an apparently
everyday story of a marriage in a quiet crisis into something rather extraordinary."
Our own Glenda Wrenn, MD, will serve as moderator in a community conversation on “Combating Mental Health Stigmas
in the African American Community.” Panelists include Dr. Leroy Reese, Jasmine Banks
and David Love. This conversation is free and open to the public. It serves as the
springboard for Tony-award winning director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre season-opening
production of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning family drama “Proof,” a play about a young woman’s struggle with her possibly inherited mental illness,
and how her family and friends respond to her breakdown. “Proof” is playing at the
Southwest Arts Center Oct. 25 – Nov. 20. Show times are Wednesday – Friday, 8 pm;
Saturday, 2:30 and 8 pm, and Sunday, 2 pm. Tickets range from $20-$50.
STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP
Dr. Glenda Wrenn's beloved mentor, Ken Wells, MD (UCLA/RAND), has written and produced
an opera about the life of Elyn Sacks, lawyer, advocate and person living with schizophrenia.
The opera (that shares the name of her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold) is a powerful educational experience and inspiring depiction of the best and worst
parts of healthcare; one that challenges us to consider the dignity of those living
with severe mental illness. Dr. Wrenn was honored to view the live production and
debut in Los Angeles earlier this summer and for a limited time, the opera will be
Chief Resident Jordan Howard, MD (PGY-4), had his article "Should Psychiatrists Perform Competency-to-be-Executed Evaluations?" published
in The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal.
Kevin Simon, MD (PGY-2), has had his book review "A Legal Solution to Health Inequality" published
in the August edition of the journal Health Affairs. This journal is rated number one in cost-effectiveness among scholarly periodicals
in Health Policy and Services as well as Health Care Sciences and Services.
Dr. Sarah Vinson was recently on WABE 90.1 FM's "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress" where she gave advice on how to talk with children about the recent shootings and
violence in general.
Please join us in congratulating Drs. Swathi Krishna, Vipan Kumar, and Farzana Bharmal
and Kisha Holden on winning 2nd Place for the GPPA Skobber Poster Competition! This is for their work in Quality Improvement: An Assessment of the Documentation of Quality Measures in Grady
The MSM community had the fortunate opportunity to engage with and listen to thought
leaders at the "Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" Forum. The core focus being mental health, illness, and addiction. Panelists included:
- U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy - Leading political advocate for mental illness, co-founder of the Kennedy Mental
Policy and Research Center
- Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., MPH - Professor Cardiology and National Academy of Medicine Inductee
- Camara Jones, M.D., PhD, MPH - President, American Public Health Association
- David Satcher, M.D., PhD - 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Founder of Satcher Health Leadership Institute
A great question posed by Dr. Jones: "What is the difference between Health Equality and Health Equity?" #ThisisHealthEquity
1st pic: Drs. Kevin Simon and Glenda Wrenn with Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy
2nd pic: Dr. Kisha Holden (Deputy Director, SHLI) with opening remarks
Glenda Wrenn, M.D. was appointed to serve on the National Alzheimer's Scientific Patient and CaregiverAdvisory
Council of the newly approved PCORI-funded Alzheimer's and Dementia Patient/Caregiver-Powered Research Network (AD-PCPRN). She will serve as a member of the DIversity Leadership Group. Also, congratulations
to Dr. Wrenn, who will be inducted as an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Fellow
on May 16, 2016 at the APA's Annual Meeting Convocation of Distinguished Fellows Ceremony at the
Georgia World Congress Center.
Glenda Wrenn, MD, Monifa Seawell, MD, and Otega Edukuye, MD (PGY-1) co-authored a recent educational case report that was published about the
Academic Psychiatry elective they developed for Morehouse School of Medicine Medical Students.
100% Club/Platinum Level for Our Residency Program!
The APA 100% Club was established to encourage residents throughout the United States
and Canada to join the APA with fellow trainees in their programs. Many psychiatric
residency programs come very close to making 100% Club each year, but fall a little
short. In order to honor those programs for their efforts, the 100% Club has been
expanded to three levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze, as well as the addition of a
Platinum level which will recognize programs that have been part of the 100% Club
Gold level for the past five consecutive years. We are the only residency program
in Georgia in the 100% Club!
In order to reach Platinum Level, Residency Programs must have been a part of the
100% Club Gold Level for the past five consecutive years. Benefits include:
- $200 APA Publishing Gift Certificate for the Residency Program
- Special Gift for Each Resident
- 5 year Program Participant Recognition Plaque
- Recognition in Psychiatric News and APA website for the Residency Program
Watch the entire State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction.
Fifty-two years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy, gave a special address to
the U.S. Congress on mental health in the United States and signed the Community Mental
Health Act into law. In 1999 The Surgeon General’s report issued under former Surgeon
General, Dr. David Satcher, put mental health back on the map. In 2008, then Congressman
Patrick Kennedy helped pass the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act. In
2010, the Affordable Care Act extended insurance to millions of Americans.
Yet, 96% of Americans site mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and
alcohol abuse as a major health problem. A new poll* suggests that 93% of the public
believes that the current methods for addressing mental health need to change.
And, that’s exactly why Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and The Kennedy Forum have
formed a strategic partnership to launch the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, headquartered at MSM’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.
The partnership was announced jointly by Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and
dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Bill Emmet, executive director of The Kennedy
Forum Feb. 3 during the first State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. MSM’s Dr. David Satcher and former
Congressman Patrick Kennedy, both long-time advocates and leading authorities in mental
and behavioral health, captivated a standing room only audience during the one hour
SOTU which was streamed live to a global audience.
Both Kennedy and Satcher agree that this first State of the Union in Mental Health
and Addiction is a first step in the right direction. “Dr. Satcher and I agree that
the state of mental health and addictions in America is challenging for our citizens,
and we need significant change,” said Patrick Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum.
The Center will address a handful of issues critical to the future of mental and behavioral
health including: equity and quality, integration and innovation. “Over the next year
we will promote progress in these four areas. We will bring accountability to goals
through the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research. And starting next
year at this time, we will be here to tell the story of their progress,” said Dr.
David Satcher, executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.
MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice added, “I fully embrace and endorse
this historic step toward addressing mental health. I am pleased that the partnership
will benefit from our 40 years of leading the fight for health equity. Mental health
plays a vital role in overall health and it is an area that deserves attention. We
will fully support the efforts of the Kennedy Center and The Satcher Health Leadership
Institute toward bringing parity to the overall health of every human being, especially
to those who are overlooked and who suffer disproportionately.”
*The public opinion research, commissioned by the new Center and conducted by Public
The Kennedy Forum, in which Drs. Glenda Wrenn and Harry Heiman are co-directors and members of its focus group, recently released the issue brief
titled "Fixing Behavioral Health Care in America- A National Call for Integrating and Coordinating
Specialty Behavioral Health Care with the Medical System" highlighting the Kennedy Forum's mental health policy and research.
Drs. Glenda Wrenn and Fatima Kasiah (Graduate 2015) were recently published in the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics on using a self-service kiosk to identify behavioral health needs in a primary care
clinic serving an urban, underserved population.
Kevin Simon, M.D. one of our incoming interns, has co-authored a recent publication in Psychiatric Services