HMP Psych Congress: More Prominent MDs Join Steering Committee

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News just in: Psych Congress is welcoming three new mental health specialists to its highly regarded steering committee. This move further demonstrates the organization’s goal of ameliorating patient care by delivering extensive, practical education on various aspects of mental health.

The new specialists include: Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM, from Tulane Psychiatry’s Clinical Faculty;  Edward Kaftarian, MD, CEO, from California’s Orbit Health Telepsychiatry; and Steven Chan, MD, MBA, Addiction Psychiatry Physician, from VA Health at Palo Alto.

More About Psych Congress

This exciting annual event, which will be held this year between October 3-6 in California, at the large San Diego Convention Center, is regarded as America’s leading practical psychopharmacology educational conference. It is set up to empower mental health team members with the latest research findings;  new treatment approaches, and comprehensive education. Moreover, it provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to network.

This year’s Psych Congress Co-Chair, Texas Tech Uni’s Department of Psychiatry’s Rakesh Jain, MD, stated: “I am both honored and excited to welcome Drs. Chan, Kaftarian, and Podesta to the steering committee. They are all brilliant clinicians and educators in their own right and will play a large role in pushing the Psych Congress team and educational experience to the next level. I look forward to collaborating with and learning from them for years to come”.

Delivering Expertise

Dr. Podesta is based in New Orleans, where she heads a private practice which offers: comprehensive psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy, and very important holistic therapies such as nutritional counseling and acupuncture. In addition to this, Dr Podesta holds the title of medical director for Louisiana’s ACER Addiction Centers.

 Dr. Kaftarian is at the top of the telepsychiatry industry. Moreover, he founded the world’s largest correctional telepsychiatry protocol: California’s Statewide Prison Telepsychiatry Program. And Dr. Chan is involved in U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-funded clinical research, which covers the fields of digital mental health and telehealth; with a focus on underserved communities and the health of minorities.

2019 Program Highlights

Featured sessions at the congress include: presentations by top mental health authorities: Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD; Philip Resnick, MD; Adelaide Robb, MD; Nassir Ghaemi, MD; and Rick Doblin, PhD. Further, on October 2, two pre-conference lectures will be given: “One is focused on the next wave of psychopharmacology treatment options, the other aimed at helping clinicians better identify, manage, and treat patients at risk for suicide” .

About HMP


HMP the multi-channel go-to authority for education and health care events. It supports Healthcare Made Practical, as part of its mission to ameliorate patient health care. A spokesperson noted that HMP: “produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global health care community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant360, the year-round, award-winning platform relied upon by primary care providers and other specialists”