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Pittsburgh Chapter

​​​​​​​​ For more information regarding the Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society, please call 866-659-8629, or send an email message to Our Executive Director is Wendy Zimmerman.

Upcoming Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society Events

All Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society members are invited and welcome to attend the events listed below. Please register through the "online registration" links provided, or call 1-800-422-2900 or 717-558-7750 with any questions.​​


Monday, June 12, 2017

Medical Marijuana & Annual Business Meeting

This event will be a live webcast available only at the DoubleTree in downtown Pittsburgh. We recognize the past technical issues with webcasts and have corrected them by switching locations. This program will not be available for independent viewing at home. CME credits are available for live viewing.

Presented by: Marina Goldman, MD
Co-Chair, Annual Addictions Symposium
Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
PAMED/PaPS Representative
Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Physician Work Group

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm:  Annual Business Meeting
6:45 pm – 8:15 pm:  Educational Program
The DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown
Pittsburgh, PA

Members, Residents, Medical Students - Complimentary

Non-Members - $25.00


Monday, September 25, 2017

Residents' Research Night & Executive Council Meeting

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Executive Council Meeting
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Residents' Research Night
The DoubleTree by Hilton
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

A formal call for poster submissions will be sent in July. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Past Meetings:

​2016 PPS Residents' Research Night

Residents' Research Night was held at the Sheraton Station Square on Monday, September 12, 2016. This year's meeting was attended by 35 practicing Psychiatrists, 16 psychiatric residents, 8 nurse practitioners, and 16 psychiatric nurse practitioner students. Fourteen poster presentations were on display for the event. New this year, all posters were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges; first, second, and third place were awarded. See the winners below.


Chester Berschling, MD, past Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society President and Residents' Research Night founder with the poster award winners.

L-R: Chester Berschling, MD, Gil Hoftman, MD, Meredith Spada, MD, and Benjamen Gangewere, MD.

1st Place
Gil Hoftman, MD             
Altered Gradients of Glutamate and GABA Transcripts in a Distributed Cortical Network in Schizophrenia


2nd Place
Meredith Spada, MD     
Self-assessment of teaching skills among psychiatric residents


3rd Place
Benjamen Gangewere, MD         
Mixing Dopamine Agonists and Antagonists—Something of a Gamble

Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society Benefits of Membership

For more information on becoming a member of the Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dues-free access to the additional benefits of the Pittsburgh chapter, which provides. . .

  • Dinner 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 dinner meetings, and a Residents' Night program.
  • Opportunities to socialize and interact with colleagues.
  • A chapter page in the Pennsylvania Psychiatrist 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.

Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society

Executive Committee and Officers

Arthur I. Timbus, MD 

President-Elect and Delegate to the PaPS Council
Dan M. Udrea, MD

Amit Chopra, MD 

Maher O. Ayyash, MD, FAPA, FAPM​ 

Chapter Councilors
Manuel D. Reich, DO (Area 3 Representative and Delegate to PaPS); Melina Spyridaki-Dodd, MD

Immediate Past President
Kenneth S. Thompson, MD

Resident Representatives
Shelly Ann Kucherer, MD; Nisha Baliga, MD