Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
Clinical Insights: Communicating with Families when Treating Chronically Suicidal Patients
In a recent General Hospital Psychiatry paper, Oommen Mammen, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), and James Tew, MD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry), described the importance of communicating about suicide risk with families of individuals with borderline personality disorder who are chronically suicidal. We spoke with Dr. Mammen, the paper’s lead author, about how to help families arrive at a shared...
Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care: What’s Happening at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
At the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting this week, we invited attendees to learn about some of the ways the clinicians and leadership at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) strive to meet the needs of all patients by providing innovative, thoughtful and accessible behavioral health care. Western Psychiatric Hospital Overview Dr. David Lewis (Chair, Department of Psychiatry) opened the meeting...
UPMC Hosts the 4th Annual Triple Board & Post-Pediatrics Portal Program Summit: Honing Your Skills and Becoming a Leader
UPMC hosted the 4th Annual Triple Board & Post Pediatrics Portal Program Summit: Honing Your Skills and Becoming a Leader on April 6-7, 2018. This national event brings together physicians and students interested in combined training. Triple Board Co-chief Resident Sarah H. Arshad, MD, chaired the summit with help from her faculty adviser, Justin Schreiber, DO, MPH, Assistant Professor, and Jennifer DeBasi...
New Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit Offers Treatment for Higher Acuity Patients
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) opened its brand new Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit (BHICU) to provide expert care and intensive psychiatric medication management for patients with high clinical acuity. The unit opened in November 2017 as part of a massive redesign of WPIC’s 7th floor and serves as an adjoining, seven-bed sister unit to a general adult unit. The safe, therapeutic environment...