A United Voice for Texas Psychiatry

The Federation of Texas Psychiatry unites Texas' professional psychiatric organizations. Voting member organizations - the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry, and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate member organizations - the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association - together represent about 45,000 physicians in Texas united in advocacy for patients and quality psychiatric care.

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Your input is requested to help in the planning of future CME programs. Click here for the TSPP CME Activity Development Worksheet, complete the form providing TSPP with your suggestions for educational topics to enhance your practice and submit the completed form by email to TSPPofc@aol.com.


"Applying Evidence Based Knowledge to Patient Centered Care"

November 14-16, 2014 * Westin Park Central Hotel, Dallas, Texas


Westin Park Central Hotel, Dallas

Hotel Reservations: $159 prior to October 14; Call 1-800-937-8461 or click here to connect with the hotel reservation system

For a preliminary copy of the Program and Registration form, click here. If interested in providing an Exhibit at the Annual Convention, click here for an Exhibit Application.



ALERT!! Hotel reservations should only be made via the link on this website, or by calling the toll free number 888-627-7032, or directly with the hotel at 972-385-3000. If you are contacted by a representative from GLOBAL TRAVEL PARTNERS offering a reduced room rate within our room block and requesting you provide your credit card information or complete a form with your credit card information, this is NOT an approved provider by TSPP, or by the Westin Park Central Hotel! Do NOT provide the GLOBAL TRAVEL PARTNERS’ representative with your credit card information! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact TSPP at 512-478-0605 or via email at tsppofc@aol.com

Plan to attend the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians' 58th Annual Convention and Scientific Program NOVEMBER 14-16 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas.  (See Attached Program & Registration) Together we can make a difference.. in Psychiatry.. with our patients.. in your community!  Learn new skills and discover the meaningful relationships and great experiences that await you when you participate!
Already registered??  THANK YOU!
Discounted TSPP Early Bird Registration expires OCTOBER 1.  You may fax your registration to 512-478-5223, or scan and email to tsppofc@aol.com or mail to TSPP, 401 West 15th Street, Suite #675, Austin, TX 78701.
$159 Discounted Hotel Room Rates at the Westin Park Central Hotel expires OCTOBER 17.  For hotel reservations please call 1-888-627-7032 before October 17 and request the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians' convention room rate.
In addition to an outstanding CME program on Saturday and Sunday, please plan to register and attend the following events and programs:
Thursday - 12:00 Noon
Golf Outing - For all levels of golf enthusiasts!
Friday - 12:15 - 1:30 pm
All members and non-members are encouraged to register and attend the special luncheon program "Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics: Introduction and Applications"  sponsored by AssureRX Health, Inc. 
Friday - 2:00-3:30 pm
Academic Psychiatry Program - For all Residency Program Directors, other academicians, and any members who are interested in attending.  Dr. Timothy Wolff will lead a fun getting-to-know-you exercise and present an interesting and relevant updated look at the Milestones Project at the various represented psychiatry residency programs in the State of Texas; what has worked so far and what areas have been more problematic. 
Friday - 2:00-3:30 pm
Resident Fellow Members Section and Early Career Psychiatrists - the RFM Section has arranged a special program "Risk Management Considerations when using Social Media and Technology in Psychiatry" presented by Moira Wertheimer, B.S.N., JD, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare Risk Management.  This complimentary program is open to all Medical Students, Residents and Early Career Psychiatrists.
Friday - 2:00-3:30 pm
Texas Academy of Psychiatry - TAP has arranged another complimentary workshop for TAP members and guests.  Dr. Lauren Parsons will present a program entitled "Understanding the roles and responsibilities in partnering with Advanced Practice Nurses in our psychiatric practice to enhance patient care and access to services."  A topic that promises to be very informative and timely.
For additional information please see the attached program, or email TSPP at tsppofc@aol.com


UTMB DEPT OF PSYCHIATRY ALUMNI / TITUS HARRIS SOCIETY (Friday) - Formerly known as the Titus Harris Society, the UTMB Department of Psychiatry Alumni have scheduled a dinner on Friday, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm, following the TSPP Welcome Reception. For additional information and to register for the dinner, contact Maria Villarreal at 409-771-4713.

To Make A Charitable Contribution to the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, click here.

“Update in Psychiatric Care: Changes & Challenges in Practice”
November 8-10, 2013 * Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel, Houston, Texas

"I am a member because I believe we should organize and act collectively for the benefit of our patients and profession." James Kreisle, MD

"What I enjoy most from TSPP is fellowship with colleagues who come together from throughout the State of Texas, from a wide range of professional practice backgrounds, to share ideas and learn in community from one another." Melissa S. Deuter, MD

"What I value most from TSPP is service on committees that foster high quality patient care, service to community and service to the profession." Terry McMahon, MD

"The major strengths of TSPP are continued good quality programs, strong staff and physician leadership, and strong voice and influence with State government and the APA." Mitch Jones, MD

"I am a member because TSPP has been the glue that has helped me have connectivity with excellence in psychiatry." Lynda Parker, MD

"The major strength of TSPP is that it represents the highest in the ideals of being physicians and promoting care of our patients." Daniel Pearson, III, MD

"I am a member because I want to maintain ties to fellow psychiatrists, get CME and contribute to the legislative process to support the profession." Susan Thompson, MD

"The major strengths of TSPP are persistence and commitment to missions, legislative advocacy, and professional education." Joseph Burkett, MD

"I am a member because it's an inherent part of being a professional." Mark Jacobs, MD

"The major strengths of TSPP are its focus on legislative issues central to psychiatry and very well organized meetings." Tim Wolff, MD

"I am a member for multiple reasons: fellowship with colleagues, input on State laws, and practice standards that result in better care for our patients." Marie Kelly, MD

"I am a member because of TSPP's advocacy for psychiatry, education, and fellowship with colleagues. I believe membership is essential for our profession." Catherine Roberts, MD

I am a member because of pride in my profession and loyalty to my profession." Ray Faber, MD


Texas Psychiatrist

The Legislative Interim is Active on Mental Health Issues

Eric Woomer, Public Policy Consultant, Federation of Texas Psychiatry


In accordance with HB 1023, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a draft report and legislative recommendations regarding mental health workforce shortages. The report cited a

variety of studies but gives very little discussion about some of the more critical topics that, in our view, should have been exhaustively covered, including financial incentives, the need for additional GME,

the differences between public and private mental health workforce needs, the evolution of treatment being contemplated through new emphasis on integrated care under the 1115 waiver and SB 58, and care

provided to adult vs. child & adolescent patients. Most disturbingly, the report included a recommendation suggesting that psychologists be afforded prescriptive authority, a position with which the Texas

Medical Association and the Federation of Texas Psychiatry both disagree in the strongest possible terms........  To read more, click here for the Texas Psychiatrist Newsletter


The following TSPP members have been recognized with Life status as of 2015, as follows:


Baer Max Ackerman, MD - Plano
Philip M. Becker, MD - Dallas
Gary L. Etter, MD - Fort Worth
James S. Ezelle, MD - Bellaire
Francisco Fernandez, MD - Harlingen
Kathleen A. Gallentine, MD - Houston
Fructuoso Irigoyen-Rascon, MD - McAllen
Daryl K. Knox, MD - Houston
Gary L. Malone, MD - Grapevine
Daniel B. Pearson, III, MD - Dallas
William H. Tullis, MD - Austin
Mitchell A. Young, MD - Houston


David H. Beyer, Jr., MD - Waco
Elma G. Granado, MD - Fort Worth
Thomas Horvath, MD - Houston
Guy K. Patterson, MD - Houston
Jorge A. Raichman, MD - Houston
Robert L. Woodham, MD - Houston


Jeffrey Glass, MD - Dallas
Victor A. Gutierrez, MD - Plainview
Satyajeet Lahiri, MD - Rusk
Umamaheswara R. Maruvada, MD - Corpus Christi
Bharat N. Patel, MD - Carrollton
Carol A. Tamminga, MD - Dallas
Stephen A. Tew, MD - Houston


TSPP extends its congratulations to the following members who have been approved by the APA for Distinguished Fellow, Life Fellow and Fellow for 2014.

Distinguished Fellow

Matthew D. Jeffreys, MD, San Antonio

Life Fellow

Michael L. Pipkin, MD, Houston


Anoop Bhagat, MD, San Antonio
Esteban A. Gonzalez, MD, McAllen
John O. Lusins, III, MD, Corpus Christi
Lili Meisamy, DO, Fort Worth
Kehinde A. Ogundipe, MD, Dallas

Elizabeth E. Ohiku, MD, Houston
Aashish R. Parikh, MD, Grand Praire
Anant N. Patel, MD, Fort Worth
Rosario Rodriquez, MD, San Antonio
Rachel A. Russo, MD, Dallas
Kurt I. Schwartz, MD, Harker Heights
Mouna G. Sfeir, MD, Austin
Kathryn R. Sickorez, MD, Dallas
Martha W. St. John, MD, Houston
Kristopher S. Steinke, MD, Fredericksburg
Anil K. Swarup, MD, Dallas
Meena B. Vyas, MD, Flower Mound
Tara T. Wagner, MD, Austin
Arvinder Singh Walia, MD, Austin
Kari M. Wolf, MD, Austin
Rosalyn Womack, DO, San Antonio
Beverly B. Wu, MD, Grapevine
Maria I. Zapata-Vega, MD, Harker Heights
Tanya Ann Zielinski, MD, Grapevine


To read The Federation's latest Newsletter, Texas Psychiatristclick here.


The Texas Legislature convened in January. It was another challenging Session and the Federation and its member organizations were heavily involved in monitoring legislation and educating legislators about psychiatric issues. 

Member organizations of the Federation, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, urge you to become involved in the political and legislative process to ensure that quality psychiatric care and patient safety are preserved and protected.

To assist in your involvement in the legislative process, bills of interest to psychiatry in the most recent Legislation Session may be viewed by clicking here.


Politics is all about relationships -- "In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes." (Paul Lazarsfeld). The Federation has encouraged all psychiatrists to get to know their elected representatives through its Political Action Task Force, launched during each election cycle. The focus of the Political Action Task Force is to encourage each psychiatrist to contact his/her legislator and engage in a dialogue about quality psychiatric care in Texas. The relationships formed with legislators will pay dividends during the Legislative Session. 

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you."    Pericles


Click here to view a new AACAP document on ACO's & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Preparing for the Impact of Healthcare Reform. The document was developed by the AACAP Task Force on Healthcare Delivery Systems. It provides child and adolescent psychiatrists with an overview of the changes in healthcare delivery that are expected to occur as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as how these changes will affect the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.


Please check the Job Bank for career opportunities. If you wish to post a job opportunity, please click here for an Job Bank Advertising Contract. If you wish to advertise in the Texas Psychiatrist Newsletter, with a circulation of over 3,000, please click here for a Newsletter Advertising Contract.

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