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Committees

By pooling together resources and experience, the Clinical TMS Society aims to optimize the administration of TMS, develop novel indications for treatment, expand insurance coverage, and increase public awareness of TMS around the world. To accomplish this, the Society has developed eight committees to lead in achieving this mission.

The Clinical Standards Committee

The Clinical Standards Committee will work on creating treatment guidelines for clinical practice and the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. These guidelines cover patient selection, use of protocols, and the level of training and supervision required for administration of treatment.

Paul E. Croarkin

Chair

Scott Aaronson

Chair

The Research Committee

Policy and Procedures: This committee concerns itself with issues involving research related to clinical TMS. This includes highlighting new research findings in the TMS newsletter or by other appropriate means, assisting the Program Committee regarding the scientific content of the Annual Meeting, facilitating the research efforts CTMSS members by assisting with project development including suggesting collaboration among members, and participating in other relevant activities as requested by the Board of Directors. All decisions and resolutions will be referred to the Executive Committee for review and approval. Per the Bylaws, if there is more than one Chairperson, at least one of the Chairs must be a Director. Any members who miss 3 meetings within a year, without notification, will be removed from the committee. We formally meet every month for approximately one hour.

Mission Statement: The Research Committee of the Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS) will focus on providing its members and the TMS community with evidenced based information regarding the clinical use of TMS. The committee will highlight new research findings in the TMS newsletter or by other appropriate means, assist the Program Committee regarding the scientific content of the Annual Meeting, facilitate the research efforts of CTMSS members by assisting with project development including suggesting collaboration among members, and participate in other relevant activities as requested by the Board of Directors.

F. Andrew Andrew Kozel

Chair

Andrew Leuchter

Chair

The Insurance Committee

The Insurance Committee serves a critical role in expanding coverage across the nation. The committee will liaise with insurance companies to create policies relevant to treatment guidelines and will provide members with materials that will help with the pre-authorization and appeals processes.

Rebecca M. Allen

Chair
Dr. Allen graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Stanford University. She attended Oregon Health and Science University for medical school where she also earned a Masters of Public Health in biostatistics and epidemiology. She completed psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, a joint program between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She served as Chief Resident... Read More

Richard Bermudes

Chair

The Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee is the information hub for society members as well as the general public. The committee will develop and maintain the website that will have two components: a section open to the public to educate about TMS and a section for members only which will act as a resource for shared information. A quarterly newsletter will be published and will serve as a highlight of the work that has been done by the committees. The newsletter will cover topics across the spectrum for members, other clinicians and the public in general.

Mohamed Abdelghani

Chair

Randy Ian Pardell

Chair
Randy Ian Pardell, MD, DLFAPA established TMS Center of the Hudson Valley and Riverview Psychiatric Medicine, PC with the goal of providing innovative, compassionate and scientifically based psychiatric care for residents of the Hudson Valley, NY. Dr. Pardell emphasizes, “We address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including medication management, genetic testing, psychotherapy, nutritional and bioidentical... Read More

The Education Committee

The Education Committee is focused on providing educational and training opportunities for clinicians, technicians, researchers, residents, and students centered around TMS and rTMS. It is the goal of the Education Committee to increase awareness of TMS and rTMS and to expand the educational and training options through the Clinical TMS Society. The Education Committee oversees PULSES; an introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression.

Suzanne E. Kerns

Chair
Dr. Kerns completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by psychiatry residency at Duke University. Dr. Kerns subsequently completed a year long Fellowship in Brain Stimulation at Medical University of South Carolina under the guidance of Mark S. George MD, a founding father of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). After several years working exclusively in brain... Read More

Michelle Cochran

Chair
Dr. Cochran received her undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received postgraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she completed a residency in Psychiatry. During this residency she was Chief Resident. Additionally, she completed the Management Program for Physicians and Senior Healthcare Administrators at Vanderbilt University... Read More

The Membership Committee

Membership growth is important for long-term viability, which is why the membership committee’s primary objective is to increase the number of members in the Society. This committee seeks to increase membership in all areas: clinical, research, technicians, students, business and international members. The committee meets bimonthly for one hour. Committee members are responsible for identifying new opportunities for membership campaigns and contributing membership related content for electronic and print media, the web and social media.

Mary Jo Hanigan

Chair
Meridian believes that all individuals, despite their mental health needs, can reach an improved and successful emotional state when given the guidance and medical management to optimize their own capacities for growth. The mental health providers at Meridian work closely with patients and their families to provide the most thorough and up-to-date treatment approaches to manage their symptoms. They also collaborate with referring physicians, psychologists, and therapists which provides well-... Read More

JORGE DAVILA

Chair
Adult psychiatrist from the Javeriana University with 30 years of experience. Staff psychiatrist at the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá University Hospital. Director of the "Centro de Estimulación Magnética de Bogotá" where, during the last four years, we have attended around 220 patients, mainly for severe Refractory Major Depression and for severe OCD.

The Legal and Business Committee

The Legal and Business Committee manages all legal and business issues related to the Society. It will inform and educate the members on establishing a practice, and managing legal aspects such as consents, malpractice insurance and training guidelines. This information will be made available through the newsletter and the CME courses.

Ian A Cook

Chair
Director, Los Angeles TMS Institute, Inc. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Bioengineering, UCLA Founding Director of UCLA TMS Service (2009) www.LATMS.com

The Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee will plan and host the annual meeting each year. We expect to build on the success of previous meetings and expand the opportunities for education.

Richard J. Pitch

Chair
We have been providing TMS therapy since 2010, now at 2 locations on Long Island (Melville and Medford).

Linda L Carpenter

Chair