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Philadelphia Chapter

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The Philadelphia Psychiatric Society (PPS) comprises over 950 psychiatrists practicing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties.

Its staff and membership are dedicated to assisting its members and working on behalf of their interests and those of the patients they serve. PPS is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association.

For more information regarding the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, please call 888-723-2501, or send an email message to


Accepting 2017 Benjamin Rush Awards Nominations

Know a colleague who deserves Philadelphia Psychiatric Society recognition? Nominate them for a 2017 Benjamin Rush Award!

Submit a nomination letter describing why, in your opinion, the candidate is deserving of the specific award, as well as the candidate's curriculum vitae, to PPS at: Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, Benjamin Rush Award Nomination, 777 East Park Drive, PO Box 8820, Harrisburg, PA  17105-8820, or

PPS Benjamin Rush Awards* include:

  • Paul J. Fink Leadership Award
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Practitioner of the Year
  • Psychiatric Educator of Physicians
  • Edward Lawlor Award
  • Daniel Blain Award
  • Robert Jones Award
  • Publication Award
  • Resident Achievement
  • Resident Research
  • Jack Greenspan Award
  • Benjamin Rush Award​

Descriptions and eligibility requirements​ for each award. (pdf)

The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, April 28, 2017.


Philadelphia Department of Public Health Releases Prescribing Guidelines

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (DPH) released a health update entitled, "Opioid and Benzodiazepines Prescribing Guidelines", on Friday, December 2nd. Here is a link to the document:

NOTE: the Philadelphia's DPH (vs. the Department of Behavioral Health [DBH]) unveiled these guidelines. I am not aware of any legal or regulatory authority that DPH has to mandate enforcement of these guidelines.

For sake of information, the medical director of the city's Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is Larry Real, MD, one of our members who also served as a co-creator of the DOH Benzodiazepine prescribing guidelines. The state guidelines were approved by the DOH Safe Prescribing Practices Workgroup (of which Dr. Rich Sobel and I represent the Society), but await approval/endorsement by the appropriate state licensing boards.

If you have any additional questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact DPH at Although I will be sending out to the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society lists​erve, feel free to distribute to your colleagues as appropriate. Thanks for your dedication on a daily basis to the Society and to the profession.
Download the document: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (pdf) ​

ng Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Events

All Philadelphia Psychiatric Society members are invited and welcome to attend the events listed below. Please register through the "online registration" links provided, or call 888-723-2501 with any questions.​​​​​​

​Thursday, April 27 - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture 
2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers and Trainee Fellowships
Villanova Conference Center at Villanova University
Philadelphia, PA

Past Meetings

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Colloquium of Scholars

The Philadelphia Psychiatric Society would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for supporting our 2017 Meeting:

American Professional Agency
MHM Services, Inc.
Professional Risk Management Services
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Saturday, March 25, 2017

3rd Annual Addictions Symposium

The 3rd Annual Addictions Symposium was met with enormous success. Thank you to the planners for their dedication and hard work. The udpated slides and handouts will be available in the coming weeks. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Thanks also to the exhibitors who displayed at this year's Symposium.
Without their support, this program might not be possible.









Our Mission, Vision and Values


The Philadelphia Psychiatric Society is an organization of psychiatrists in southeastern Pennsylvania that:

  • Advocates for its members and their patients.
  • Promotes access to and implementation of the highest quality in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders - including substance abuse - for patients and their families.
  • Sustains, enhances, and promotes psychiatric leadership in the provision of mental health services.
  • Supports the professional development and practice needs of its members.
  • Meets its goals by working in concert with its district branch, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, and its national organization, the American Psychiatric Association.


The Philadelphia Psychiatric Society is the voice of psychiatry in the region, promoting humane, accessible, quality prevention and treatment of psychiatric diseases.


  • Preventing psychiatric illness and improving the health of people suffering from these illnesses.
    Establishing and enhancing the importance of mental health as a cornerstone to the best overall health and quality of life.
  • Fostering intellectual and social diversity within the organization.
  • Promoting the highest ethical standards of professional conduct.
  • Supporting patient focused, scientifically based treatment.
  • Defining psychiatric diseases and psychiatric treatment to encompass all illnesses in the DSM as well as concepts and terms such as mental illness, mental health, substance abuse, addictions, and behavioral health.


Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Benefits of Membership

For more information on becoming a member of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, please send an email to​ or call        ​              1-800-422-2900.

Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society members practicing in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area have dues-free access to the additional benefits of the Philadelphia chapter, which provides...

  • Educational meetings on a wide variety of psychiatric issues.
  • Governing council meetings.
  • Social and other meetings.
  • An opportunity to work with committees.
  • Opportunities for psychiatric residents, including representation on the Society's Council, invitations to all CME meetings, and participation in the Benjamin Rush Awards Night.
  • Opportunities to socialize and interact with colleagues. A quarterly newsletter transactions with information about members, local psychiatric issues, and chapter activities.
  • Representation of local issues through its representatives to the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society's governing council.


Philadelphia Psychiatric Society

Executive Committee and Committee Chairpersons

President/Delegate to the PaPS Council
Richard F. Limoges, MD, DLFAPA

Immediate Past President
Kenneth J. Weiss, MD, DLFAPA

Dr. Weiss is the Robert L. Sadoff Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Associate Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous publications and lectured extensively on general and forensic psychiatry. A recipient of the Irma Bland Teaching Award of the American Psychiatric Association in 2009, he received the Best Teacher in a Forensic Fellowship in 2011 and the Golden Apple Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law in 2015. Dr. Weiss, an APA Distinguished Life Fellow, maintains a private practice of forensic psychiatry in Bala Cynwyd.

President-Elect/Delegate to the PaPS Council
Tahir Maqsood, MD, MS, FAPA

Dr. Maqsood is Chairman of Psychiatry at Mercy Philadelphia and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and has served as an examiner as well. He is a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association.

Vice President
Camille I. Paglia, MD, JD, FAPA

Dr. Paglia is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Temple University School of Medicine. She also is the Medical Director of the Crisis Response Center at Temple University Hospital.  Dr. Paglia is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Pietro Miazzo, MD

Ilia Nikhinson, MD

Dr. Nikhinson is the Medical Director of the Extended Acute Unit at the Girard Medical Center and Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at the North Philadelphia Health System. He also supervises medical students and psychiatry residents at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Richard M. Sobel, MD, MS, DFAPA

Dr. Sobel focuses on adult psychiatry and pain medicine in his private practice. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Sobel is immediate Past President of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Holly J. Valerio, MD

Dr. Valerio completed her residency in 2011 at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a one year Public Psychiatry fellowship. She has worked at Horizon House in several roles of including Assertive Community Treatment team psychiatrist, outpatient psychiatrist and RTFA psychiatrist. Dr. Valerio is the clinical supervisor of Penn’s PGY3 residents in the Community Psychiatry clinic at Horizon House and also works at Penn in the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety as an outpatient psychiatrist.

ECP Representatives
Michael Ascher, MD

Dr. Michael Ascher is a board certified psychiatrist who serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is in private practice. His academic interests include addictions, Adult ADHD, family-inclusive treatment, and psychotherapy.

Padmapriya Musunuri, MD


Committee Chairpersons

Senior Advisor
Michael Feinberg, MD, PhD

Rajnish Mago, MD, Chair

Finance Committee
Tahir Maqsood, MD, Chair

Hospital Psychiatry Committee
Tahir Maqsood, MD, Co-Chair
Ilia Nikhinson, MD, Co-Chair

Women's Interest Committee
Ellen Conroy, MD, Co-Chair
Holly Valerio, MD, Co-Chair

Membership Committee
Kenneth Jay Weiss, MD, DLFAPA

Community Psychiatry
Lawrence A. Real, MD, Chair

Private Practice Committee
Michael Ascher, MD
Nancy Dunbar, MD 

LGBT Committee
Benoit Dube, MD
Sarah Noble, DO

Speakers Bureau
Naushad R. Jessani, MD, Chair​

Early Career Psychiatrists
Michael Ascher, MD
Padmapriya Musunuri, MD


Liaison Representatives from Affiliated Organizations

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
Marina Goldman, MD, Liaison

American Academy of Psychiatry and Law
Kenneth J. Weiss, MD, DLFAPA, Liaison

American Psychoanalytic Association Liaison
Charles V. Giannasio, MD

Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine
Abigail L. Kay, MD

Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services
Lawrence Real, MD, Liaison

Regional Council Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
Naushad R. Jessani, MD