I am so happy that I came back to IU School of Medicine after nearly 20 years in private practice. I have worn many hats, but currently, my greatest pleasure is to provide quality psychiatric care to our nation’s veterans. Last year I was able to begin serving as the medical director of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. It is wonderful to work alongside such excellent medical colleagues, and I find the challenge of treating mental health problems in the setting of complex medical and surgical diagnoses exciting and interesting.
A related area of interest and service for me is clinical teaching. I have been pleased to receive a Best Clinical Sciences Professor award from several graduating medical classes, Outstanding Faculty Award from our Psychiatry residents, and the Trustee Teaching Award in 2016. I also received the Nancy Roeske Medical Student Teaching award from the American Psychiatric Association.
My last main area of focus, caring for survivors of disasters, has given me the opportunity to be involved in planning for mental health services in the event of mass casualty events such as during our community preparation for hosting the Super Bowl several years ago. I was able to respond internationally to survivors in Haiti after the earthquakes as well as to Hoosiers following tornadoes and the stage collapse at our State Fair that traumatized many survivors. In 2017, I was one of two recipients of the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry. I am on the APA Disaster Mental Health Committee and the Indiana Resilience and Emotional Support Team (REST).