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James P Kelleher, MD, MBA A Quality Trustee For The APA

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A Quality Trustee For The APA

My qualifications are based on 25 years of consistently providing care and advancing treatment, as well as expanding skills in response to changing business environments. I have been a constant advocate for the needs of patients and colleagues. This has led from undergraduate and medical education at NYU, Mount Sinai, and Harvard, to McLean Hospital, national and international individual awards for demonstrating a novel mechanism of action for antipsychotic medication 1 (now the basis of cariprazine), founding the research department at St Vincent’s Westchester, and later to business education at Columbia after the St Vincent system declared bankruptcy.

Subsequently, I served as Chief Medical Officer of Four Winds Hospital Saratoga, founded a company to develop an original compound for schizophrenia, and assumed my current position, Medical Director of Montefiore Nyack Hospital Behavioral Health. I am also currently licensed as an investment banker focused on advancing scientific discoveries. I serve on the Board of Directors of Search For Change (housing and vocational services for people with mental illness), on the faculty of New York Medical College, and as a Mentor at Columbia Business School. I have previously served on the Venture Advisory Board of Yale-UConn Innovative Therapeutics Program.

My publications and presentations have been on a broad range of topics relevant to our field, including the future of psychiatry, identity formation, and diagnosis, as well as on related business topics such as the current and future states of accountable care organizations and the home health industry. My work has also involved community and media discussion of issues such as the opioid crisis, the NY Safe Law, and Kendra’s Law.  My advocacy efforts have involved discussions with legislators and health care systems on these and other issues, such as adequate malpractice coverage for physicians.  My peer employment efforts include running the Westchester Psychiatric Society Job Fair.

In the APA, I have been a Rock Sleyster Scholar, Westchester District Branch President, Treasurer, Councilor, and Early Career Psychiatry Representative, and a Distinguished Fellow.

Good leadership is vital for our organization. As you know, that takes courage, vision, and teamwork. I’d like to join the Board of Trustees to represent the interests of Area II psychiatrists in this way. I am highly honored to be nominated for this position. I would appreciate your vote in January.

1 2003 New Investigator Award, New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit of National Institute of Mental Health

2003 Young Investigator Award, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research for Kelleher JP, et al. Pramipexole augments benefits of atypical antipsychotics in patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder [abstract]. Schizophrenia Research 2003;60 (Suppl):289.

Endorsements

My candidacy has been endorsed by:

  • Andrew W Brotman, MD, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and Strategy, Chief Clinical Officer, NYU Langone Health
  • Ronald W Pies, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University "I would like to offer my support to James P. Kelleher MD, MBA for the position of Area 2 Trustee. Jim's qualifications are both broad and deep. His skill and experience as a researcher, clinician, medical director and advocate for our patients equip him well for the position of Trustee. In addition, Jim's deep understanding of business issues, such as those involving accountable care organizations, adds another important dimension to his resume. I therefore offer my support to Dr. Kelleher and urge you to give his bold vision for psychiatry's future the most serious consideration."
  • Jonathan E Alpert, MD, PhD, Silverman University Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Cynthia Perry, MD, Medical Director, St Vincent’s Hospital Westchester
  • Richard Milone, MD, DLFAPA, Past Chair, APA Ethics Committee "I first met James Kelleher in 2004 in my capacity as Medical Director of St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester. From the very beginning, I was impressed that he was diligent, smart, and at the same time, a compassionate physician. His depth of understanding of clinical psychiatry, and his attention to his patients is remarkable. His insight, and his analytical ability, fostered by his combined medical and business school training, is a rare combination, and his patients, and his colleagues are the beneficiaries. Jim Kelleher will bring these same talents to the American Psychiatric Association in representing the interests of Area II psychiatrists, and I heartily endorse his nomination as Area II Trustee."
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