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Conference Speakers*

Margaret Bishop Baier

Margaret Bishop Baier

Margaret Bishop Baier , MD, DFAPA attended Loyola and LSU SOM in New Orleans. She completed residency in general psychiatry at LSU / Charity Hospital. After working in public psychiatry in Los Angeles and New Zealand she returned to LSUHSC and served as the program director immediately following Hurricane Katrina. She is the Medical Director of the LSUHSC Campus Assistance Program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at LSUHSC-NO.


Kelly Cannon

Kelly Cannon, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with LSU Health Sciences Center. She supervises on the inpatient psychiatry rotation and also serves as a Co-Clerkship Director for medical students. Dr. Cannon is board certified in general adult psychiatry.


Charles David Cash

Charles David Cash

Charles David Cash, JD, LLM – is currently Associate Director of Risk Management at Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS). In addition to co-managing the Risk Management Department, Mr. Cash speaks nationally on risk management and insurance topics. He develops in-person and online CME seminars and writes on a wide range of important risk management topics. He delivers “Residency to Reality” sessions to help resident physicians make the transition from residency programs to private practice.


Justin Caudle

Justin Caudle, MBA is currently an Immunology Clinical Specialist and Director Healthcare Policy and Advocacy at Johnson & Johnson. He has a BS in Zoology from Northeast Louisiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Charles C. Coleman

Charles C. Coleman, MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at LSUHSC-NO and a Distinguished Fellow with AACAP. He Specializes in Family Therapy and Psychotherapy supervision.


Jennifer Creedon

Jennifer Creedon, MD received her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and medical degree from Tulane University SOM in New Orleans. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Tulane. After working in private practice and community settings in New Orleans, she completed addiction psychiatry fellowship at LSU. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinic Psychiatry at LSUHSC-NO, and treats patients at CHNOLA outpatient clinic and UMC addiction psychiatry clinic.


Kevin P Hill

Kevin P Hill

Kevin P Hill, MD, MHS is currently Director in the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he is also a staff psychiatrist. Dr. Hill is a current member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry where he Founded and Chairs their Marijuana Special Interest Group. Dr. Hill received his BA (Cum Laude) in Biology at Skidmore College. He obtained his MD at Jefferson Medical College and earned his MHS in Clinical Research at Yale University. Dr. Hill completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood and did post-docs in clinical research and addiction psychiatry at Yale University and MGH/McLean respectively.


Jessica Elizabeth Isom

Jessica Elizabeth Isom

Jessica Elizabeth Isom, MD MPH is currently a full-time psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA. She is also an attending psychiatrist, PES at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Isom obtained her MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine where she also received a Masters of Public Health. Her Louisiana connection is her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned her BS in Biology having received numerous awards during her tenure.


Megan Maher

Megan Maher

Megan Maher, MD is a faculty member of the LSU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She is involved in outpatient training of the Child Psychiatry Fellowship. She treats children and adolescents in multiple community mental health clinics in the New Orleans area. She particularly enjoys integrating mental health care in the primary care setting. 


LaKisha Mamon

LaKisha Mamon

LaKisha Mamon, MD is an Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works throughout the greater New Orleans area to help children and families reach their full potential. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU Health Science Center-New Orleans and currently serves as Section Chief of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Ann McNary

Ann McNary

Ann McNary, JD is currently Senior Risk Manager at Professional Risk Management Services (PRMS). She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her JD from Washburn University School of Law.


Warren Y. K. Ng

Warren Y. K. Ng

Warren Y. K. Ng, MD, MPH, DFAACAPis currently Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Medical Director for Outpatient Behavioral Health at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC); and Director of Clinical Services, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at CUIMC. Dr. Ng oversees the spectrum of clinical programs in child, adolescent, and adult outpatient behavioral health at New York-Presbyterian’s Division of Community and Population Health and all psychiatric services at the MS Children’s Hospital of New York. He is the President-Elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent (AACAP). At the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he serves in the Council on Children, Adolescents and their Families. He was also a past president of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 


Carol S. North

Carol S. North

Carol S. North, MD, MPE, DLFAPA currently serves as Medical Director of the Altshuler Center for Education & Research at Metrocare Services in Dallas, Texas. Holding The Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry, she is a board-certified Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she is Director of the Division of Trauma and Disaster. Dr. North completed medical school and residency training in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by a NIMH postdoctoral fellowship and a Masters’ degree, both in psychiatric epidemiology, at the same institution. Dr. North has been an international leader in shaping the science of disaster mental health, continuously conducting federally funded research for more than a quarter of a century, and has studied 3,500 survivors of 15 major disasters of all types.


Arwen Podesta

Arwen Podesta

Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative medicine. A graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Podesta completed her psychiatry residency in at Louisiana State University before pursuing fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.


Justin A. Pope

Justin A. Pope

Justin A. Pope, JD is a Risk Manager for Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS). Mr. Pope is responsible for researching emerging risk management issues, creating online risk management content, and providing risk management advice to insured providers through the Risk Management Consultation Service. Since joining PRMS in 2014, Mr. Pope has assisted over 2,000 customers, advising on over 6,000 risk management questions. Mr. Pope received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Howard University School of Law.


Ashifur Rahman

Ashifur Rahman

Ashifur Rahman, MD is a faculty member of the LSU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. He is involved with training of general psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows in an inpatient setting. He treats children and adolescents in the behavioral health inpatient unit at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. He enjoys incorporating psychosocial interventions in his treatment of children and adolescents admitted to the unit. He also has particular interest in cultural psychiatry. 


Cody Roi

Cody Roi

Cody Roi, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at LSU in New Orleans. He works with young children and their families in the acute crisis setting. He teaches a year-long psychotherapy seminar and specializes in play, psychodynamic, and family/systems therapy. His current research projects include looking at the effects of bullying, factors that contribute to the report of auditory and visual hallucinations in pediatric patients, trends in suicidal behaviors, and the use of discourse on social determinants of health as a tool for teaching in medicine. He is the recent recipient of the AACAPs Psychodynamic Faculty Training and Mentorship program and the president of the Mid-Gulf Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


A. Kenison Roy, III

A. Kenison Roy, III

A. Kenison Roy, III, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM has a long history of work in the private sector developing recovery oriented systems of care across the spectrum of levels of care and intensities of service. Recently Dr. Roy has assumed a full-time faculty position at Tulane and the directorship of the Addiction Medicine.


L. Lee Tynes

L. Lee Tynes

L. Lee Tynes, MD PhD, DFAPA is the Associate Program Director for the LSU/OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge and Medical Director of Psychiatry Services. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with the LSUHSC School of Medicine and also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane. He has published over 40 papers, abstracts, and book chapters dealing with an array of topics related to both internal medicine and psychiatry. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association, and in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Tynes is also the course director for the PGY 3 Writing and Research series, and leads the Journal Club.


Jennifer Velander,

Jennifer Velander,

Jennifer Velander, MD received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and medical degree from University of Michigan. She completed her psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell, followed by an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is board-certified in general and addiction psychiatry and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU. She also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Odyssey House of Louisiana, the largest substance abuse treatment agency in the state of Louisiana.


Daniel Waldman

Daniel Waldman

Daniel Waldman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at LSU New Orleans and the Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Waldman’s clinical focus is pediatric and school consultation. He coordinates the consult-liaison service at Children’s Hospital New Orleans and works at three local high schools where he sees patients with the child psychiatry fellows. Previously, Dr. Waldman taught high school physics at a New Orleans public school.


Mark Zielinski

Mark Zielinski

Mark Zielinski, MD, DLFAPA is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the LSUHSC School of Medicine. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (in Dallas) before moving to Baton Rouge. He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge for six years before opening a private practice in general psychiatry. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry with many years of experience in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is active in a number of medical societies and has served as President of The Baton Rouge Psychiatric Society and the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association. He currently serves as the associate medical director for outpatient services at OLOL and clinical director for resident clinic. He is also a course director for the Introduction to Psychopharmacology course and the History of Psychiatry seminar.

* Full Speaker Bios available in Event Program

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