Statement

Representing my colleagues to our psychiatric and medical professional organizations has been highlights of my career. With your trust and confidence, I hope to serve you as the Treasurer of California Psychiatric Association.

My first experience with organized psychiatry was at the CPA Annual Meeting when I was a resident. I have been active in APA, CPA and local SDPS ever since. I have been able to represent my colleagues as the Chair of RFMs and of ECPs, serve in the APA Assembly, been Member of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance and currently on the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations, served as APA Board member as Minority Fellow Representative, and currently a Board member of APA PAC, served as Chair for the APA Annual meeting, and am Consultant Member of the APA Finance Committee. I have been past President of the SDPS. At the CPA, I have been the Chair of the RFMs, ECPs, Academic Liaison, and have been on the committees for public sector psychiatry, government relations and leadership council. I have also been actively involved in the CMA and AMA. I represented APA at the AMA with our delegation. Representing San Diego County Medical Society, I have been actively involved with CMA and currently serve on the TeleMedicine Committee.

As faculty at University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, my responsibilities cover 4 areas. I am the Director for the Community Psychiatry Program, TeleMentalHealth Program, and Outpatient Psychiatric Services – Hillcrest. I also serve on our Chair’s Advisory Cabinet in area of community, public sector policy and advocacy. My professional career’s development has kelp pace with my work with organized medicine. They augment one another to ensure that I have the ability to serve multiple capacities in my leadership positions.

My relevant fiscal responsibility work include entrepreneurialism, formal training in business administration, consultant member of the APA’s Finance Committee, oversight of ambulatory clinical operations and community psychiatry programs at UCSD, and non-profit organizational leadership. These experiences will help me serve our CPA and District Branches to ensure fiscal discipline and add value to our shared initiatives.

My goals will be to streamline our financial relationships with the APA, transparently showcase financial aspects of CPA endeavors, and coordinate collaborative efforts between District Branches. I believe that we must work closely with APA to ensure that our Area and each District Branches are able to take advantage of its resources efficiently and directly. I also believe that the CPA must transparently manage its financial reserves and surpluses to support California wide initiatives to engage with our members, increase membership and support younger members. Finally, the CPA Treasurer position is ideally suited to liaison with all District Branch Treasurers to share best practices and support one another.

It will be an honor to serve as your CPA Treasurer and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you.