John J. Campbell III, MD, FANPA
Robin Hurley, FANPA
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Jeremy Schmahmann, MD, FANPA
C. Edward Coffey, MD, FANPA
2015 - 2018
Deborah N. Black, MD, FANPA
2016 - 2019
Margo Lauterbach, MD, FANPA
David Silbersweig, MD, FANPA
2017 - 2020
Vani Rao, MD, FANPA
Hal Wortzel, MD, PhD, FANPA
After receiving nominations from the membership, the Nominations Committee, under the leadership of the Immediate Past President, has determined the following slate of candidates. Learn more about the candidates and their vision for the Association below.
The election will take place via electronic ballot. Members, please participate in the elections by casting your vote. All active members (2019 dues paid), with the exception of student members, are eligible to vote. Participation by at least one quarter of eligible members in the election is required to establish a quorum. Voting will remain open through March 11, 2019.
W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD, MPH, FANPA (Council)
I am honored to be nominated for a position on the ANPA Council. I completed the Brown University combined residency in neurology and psychiatry in 2001, a NIMH Extramural research fellowship at Brown in 2003, and since then, have been the Rhode Island Hospital Division Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology. I am a fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Neurology, and a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. I was the inaugural co-chair of the International League Against Epilepsy Nonepileptic Seizures (NES) Task Force and of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) NES Task Force. I served as a steward on the NINDS / AES Benchmarks for Epilepsy committee. My principal research interests include neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy, somatic symptom disorders, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). With my research team, I have developed non-pharmacologic treatments for patients with seizures and am studying biomarkers for TBI and seizures using wearable devices, serologic measures and neuroimaging.
In 1994, I applied only to neurology-psychiatry dual residencies because the only way neuropsychiatric disorders made sense to me was from a combined perspective. I matched at Brown University and was trained over the next 6 years in the neuropsychiatric approach and mentored in the residency by Steve Salloway, who was an officer in ANPA. He suggested I join ANPA, as a resident, and from the first annual meeting that I attended in Pittsburgh PA, I was struck not only by the content, but also by the members. I learned that ANPA is where residents and trainees could discuss ideas, concepts and cases with the organization leadership. As a senior resident, I was nominated to be on the ANPA committee on research (CoR), and was assigned the task of reviewing herbal alternative medicines used in neuropsychiatric conditions. Preparing the manuscript and having it critiqued by leaders in the field of neuropsychiatry who were on the CoR further reinforced my great appreciation for the excellence and approachability of the organization members. During my research fellowship, I was awarded the 2003 ANPA Career Development Award, where Jeff Cummings and Stuart Yudofsky were my distance mentors. Over the years, the formal and informal mentorship from the ANPA leaders and serving on the ANPA CoR has served as the foundation for my approach to neuropsychiatric research, clinic and teaching. From those experiences, I have continued to encourage students, residents and colleagues to join ANPA, noting it is the place where seasoned experts, interested neophytes and young faculty gather to discuss and think about brain/behavior disorders and patients. I will bring this experience with and appreciation for ANPA to serve the organization on Council.
Jonathan Silver, MD, FANPA (Council)
I am Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. My focus is on the neuropsychiatry of traumatic brain injury. I am senior editor (along with Tom McAllister and David Arciniegas) of the “Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury,” which is now in the Third edition, and Consulting Editor for the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
I am honored to have been nominated to be on the ANPA Council. I have been a Fellow of ANPA since 2001, and served as President of ANPA from 2003-2005. Under my term at ANPA, we were able to achieve recognition of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry as a subspecialty by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. I have been chair of the examination committee since its inception, and have been certified in BN&NP since 2006.
After a decade-long hiatus from ANPA activities, I believe it’s time to re-engage and add my perspectives to continue the growth of this important organization.
It is a great honor and a privilege to be nominated for President-Elect of ANPA. I have been a member of ANPA since 2001; it has been my home professional meeting.
As a new member, I remember I was amazed to be able to speak face-to-face with people who were editors of landmark textbooks in neuropsychiatry. Over the years, I have enjoyed getting to know colleagues from neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, imaging, and basic sciences. I have become friends with many.
I am indebted to many people in the organization – Stephen Salloway and Paul Malloy who first introduced me to neuropsychiatry during my residency training at Brown; Tom McAllister who was my neuropsychiatry fellowship director at Dartmouth and who introduced me to neuroimaging research; John Campbell who invited me to serve on the Education committee; and many others.
When I return from an ANPA meeting, I feel inspired by symposia that show new views through the kaleidoscope of brain anatomy, physiology, pathology, behavior, and symptoms. I remember coming out of a brain anatomy workshop by Lennart Heimer and sharing the excitement with others, “This is Neuropsychiatry!” A medical student once asked me what it is like to be an expert in neuropsychiatry. I said that you need to be willing to not know, be open-minded to problems that escape known definitions, and know enough to have intelligent conversations with pathologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and others.
In 2006 I joined the Education Committee, of which I am still a member. In 2012 I joined the Program Committee. In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Program Committee, and although it has been a lot of work, it has been a privilege to be surrounded by a resourceful group of people and to contribute to the programming of my home organization. I became a fellow of ANPA in 2014.
I believe that ANPA is one of the hidden gems in medicine. It is relatively small – about 350 members, but influential on a national level. It has always boggled my mind why everyone who is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the International Brain Injury Association, and other organizations that clearly deal with neuropsychiatric problems is not also a member of ANPA. On the one hand, it is great to have the “home feel” of a few hundred people whom you get to know over time. On the other, it feels like many more people should be interested in the work of our organization.
If elected as President-Elect, I would continue walking in the direction that my predecessors have set out - to promote the value of the neuropsychiatric perspective to medicine. It is important that the high standard that practitioners in BNNP hold themselves to and the value they bring to clinical care be recognized by clinical medicine and by payors.