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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 Associate Executive Director is Jennifer Redmond.

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.​​

Past Meetings:

​2017 PPS Residents' Research Night
​PPS hosted the annual Residents’ Research Night at the DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh on Monday, September 25. This night celebrates the research submitted by residents and nurse practitioners from the Pittsburgh area. The first-place prize was awarded to Melanie Grubisha, MD from WPIC for her research on schizophrenia-associated missense mutation in kalirin converges on multiple RhoA-dependent pathways involved in cytoskeletal morphology. Second place went to Benjamin Gangewere, DO from Allegheny General Hospital for his research on the value of a mother-baby outpatient program for pregnant and postpartum women. Third place was awarded to Gianpiero Martone, DO and David Snow, DO from Millcreek Community Hospital (our friends from the Western chapter) for a comprehensive review of synthetic cannabinoid use and management. Congratulations to all! 
Chester M. Berschling, MD, DLFAPA, founder of Residents’ Research Night, was in attendance to receive the PPS Lifetime Achievement Award. Marc Garfinkel, MD presented this award to Dr. Berschling for his devotion and contributions for the last 55 years.​

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First place winner Melanie Grubisha, MD and Chester M. Berschling, MD, DLFAPA

Annual Business Meeting​

PPS held its annual business meeting on June 12, 2017.  Dan M. Udrea, MD was formally installed as Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society's President.  Pictured below standing in for Immediate Past President Arthur Timbus, MD is Amit Chopra, MD for the official passing of the gavel to Dr. Udrea.

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

Dan M. Udrea, MD

President-Elect and Delegate to the PaPS Council
Amit Chopra, MD

Maher O. Ayyash, MD, FAPA, FAPM

Amita Mehta, MD

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

Immediate Past President
Arthur I. Timbus, MD

Resident Representatives
Shelly Ann Kucherer, MD; Merrideth Ann Leggat, MD