TED Talks (plenary)

Title: Define Psychiatrist: TED Talks and Discussion

Presenters: Adam Brenner MD (moderator), John Burruss MD, Deborah Cabannis MD, Michael Travis MD PhD

Three speakers will present TED style talks on the theme ‘Define Psychiatrist’. These talks will describe visions of the psychiatrist of the future from the perspectives of the place of psychotherapy in the work of the general psychiatrist, the place of neuroscience in the identity of the general psychiatrist, and the impact of changing health care systems on the role of the general psychiatrist. Following the talks, the speakers will have the opportunity to respond and engage each other in dialogue and the audience will be called on to join in the same.

Burruss_portrait_hi_res_TED_talks_small.jpgDr. John Burruss is the Chief Executive Officer of Metrocare Services in Dallas, the public Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disability Agency for Dallas County and one of the largest providers of public mental health services in Texas. The Agency serves more than 54,000 unduplicated patients each year with a staff of over 1100 employees and an annual budget of more than $110 million.

Before joining Metrocare, Dr. Burruss was Executive Medical Director for Affiliates at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In this role, he managed the Affiliated Medical Services of Baylor and the University of Texas Health Science Center (AMS), the largest physician practice in the State of Texas. Dr. Burruss was the youngest Dean ever appointed at Baylor when he became Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs in 2005 and also served for one year as Chief Medical Officer for Baylor from 2009-2010. Throughout this time, Dr. Burruss was a practicing psychiatrist on the medical staff at Ben Taub Hospital where he was Chief of Psychiatry from 2002 to 2008.

Dr. Burruss earned his MD and completed a psychiatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after receiving his BA in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He has also trained at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern, Associate Professor at Baylor and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. His research efforts in psychiatry and public mental health include three years of work with the University of Texas Mental Health Policy Collaborative.
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Deborah_Cabaniss_small.jpg Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Associate Director of Residency Training, and Director of Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia, and a training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She teaches psychodynamic psychotherapy to residents and coordinates teaching and supervising of all psychotherapy in the residency. She is the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. She is the lead author of two textbooks, “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Maual” and “Psychodynamic Formulation” that are used in training programs throughout North American, and have been translated into Mandarin, Korean, and Farsi. Dr. Cabaniss is also the director of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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Michael-Travis.jpgMichael J. Travis, MD was appointed by The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for a five-year term to the Academy of Master Educators (AME). The appointment recognizes Dr. Travis’ sustained record of excellence and achievements in medical education.

Dr. Travis is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and serves as the Director of Residency Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital and in psychiatry at St. Bartholomew’s and Hackney Hospitals, and The Royal Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London in the UK. Prior to joining the Department faculty, he held academic and clinical positions at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals, and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Dr. Travis has been involved in educational and research activities throughout his career and has a diverse set of research interests. In addition to educational research, he has collaborated on studies exploring drug action and neural systems using functional and neurochemical imaging. He is also the co-author of an article appearing in Academic Psychiatry that highlighted our Department’s Academic Administrator Clinician Educator Track.

Dr. Travis has presented posters and workshops at the annual American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) meeting, serves as a co-chair of the BRAIN Conference, and is the AADPRT treasurer serving on the Steering Committee and Executive Council.
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