Veterans' Resource Committee

More Information from the MPS Veteran's Resource Committee

 

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Co-chair:

Lawrence Herz, MD

Dr. Herz is a general adult psychiatrist who has spent most of his career working with veterans. He has been the principal evaluations clinic psychiatrist and Chief of General Outpatient Mental Health at the Bedford VAH for 20 years. Recently, he became Acting Chief of Psychiatry. Dr. Herz is the director of the Bedford VAH MH Grand Rounds (a Boston Univeristy CME series).

After training in Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Dr. Herz completed a fellowship in Clinical Geriatrics and Gerontology. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at BUSM, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Herz’s other professional interests include research in antipsychotic therapy, geriatric psychiatry, psychiatric nosology, chronobiology, and sleep medicine.

 

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Co-chair:

Gary Kaplan, MD

Dr. Kaplan is a Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of the Mental Health Service at VA Boston Healthcare System. He has been engaged in preclinical and clinical research in the area of the neurobiology of addiction and schizophrenia for over 20 years. His research has examined conditioning, its extinction, and reacquisition in human and animal models. His clinical lab examines related research that examines tobacco cue in this population. His translational work uses “bench to bedside” approaches in examining the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction and related behavioral and neuropharmacological treatment approaches to this chronic relapsing disorder of addiction.

 

Co-Leaders:

 Edwin Raffi, MD, MPH  

Harvard South Shore

 

 

Mary Zeng, MD, PGY4

MGH McLean Program

 


Committee Links:

Veteran Resources Member Communications
Committee Documents, Minutes and Resources

MPS Veteran's Committee Articles

Veterans' Resource Documents Veterans' Resource Forums (originated by Committee Chair)
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2017 Veterans Interest Committee Report - Lawrence Herz, MD, Gary Kaplan, MD, Resident Co-Leaders, Edwin Raffi, MD and Doug Brennan, MD

In the past year, the Veterans Interest Committee has presented evening lectures on “Trauma Brain Injury: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective” by Dr. Kalo Tanev from MGH and on “Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD Comorbidity- Definitions, Neuroanatomy, Pathogenesis and Translational Models’ by Dr. Gary Kaplan from VA Boston Healthcare System. Additionally, Dr. John Bradley from VA Boston shared his personal and professional experience of combat and return using the documentary “Wartorn”.
The committee has discussed how combat trauma and TBI increase the risk of PTSD, other mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and suicide in the veteran population.  The group also discussed the need for more comprehensive re-integration of military members and families into the larger society to improve connectedness. We discussed how mental health practitioners can better recognize and treat both veterans and their families for the effects of deployment through better screening and acknowledgement of the sacrifices associated with military service. 

Finally, we discussed accessibility for committee events, e.g., whether a meeting at a venue closer to the downtown medical centers would be more appealing and successful for MPS members who find MMS too long a drive at the end of the day.  We are considering evening programs on Female Veterans and The Veterans Viewpoint on Psychiatric Care.


COMMITTEE CHARGE:

In early 2010, then-President Theo Manschreck noted the many issues facing returning combatants, including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, homelessness, substance abuse, and depression. This group of patients has sacrificed civilian comforts for the needs of our society, which often misunderstands both the bargain and its outcome. The resultant alterations of function will influence their adaptation to civilian life and often bring them to the attention of MH practitioners, clergy, and police. It will take an informed community to respond adequately. Dr. Manschreck requested Sam Rofman and Larry Herz to form a committee on veterans interests. The committee, now chaired by Dr. Herz and Dr. Gary Kaplan, is open to members treating veterans and their families or interested in learning about their needs.

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From THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY 

Article XVI –Committees

There shall be the following standing Committees of the MPS: Executive, Nominating, Membership, Constitution and Bylaws, Fellowship, Ethics and Continuing Medical Education.

The President may establish or eliminate other committees or other organizational entities as may be necessary to implement the objectives of the MPS.

All Chairs of MPS committees or other entities are to be appointed yearly by the President [except where otherwise specified in the Constitution and Bylaws and shall be limited to three consecutive terms] unless this term limit is overridden by a two-thirds vote of the MPS Executive Committee.

No member of the MPS or organizational unit thereof shall speak in the name of, or encumber the funds of, the MPS unless such power is specifically granted by the MPS President or by a formal action of the Council of the MPS.

Article XVII –Attendance

Attendance at meetings of the Council, committees or other organizational entities: shall be open to all members of the MPS except for the meetings of the Ethics Committee. All organizational entities of the MPS may go into Executive Session.