January 18, 2023 Annual Town Hall Member Meeting
You’re invited to join the Clinical TMS Society for the January 18, 2023 Annual Town Hall Member Meeting.
Join the Clinical TMS Society President Mohamed Abdelghani, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPsych, FCTMSS, Executive Director Ashleigh Servadio, and our current committee co-chairs for an update on all 2022-2023 committee projects.
This is your opportunity to learn more about the various goals and projects, ask questions and provide feedback.
Date: January 18, 2023
Format: Zoom Meeting
This meeting is for current members only.
Bob Sammons, MD, PhD, CTMSS Annual Meeting Committee Co-chair
Dr. Sammons received a bachelors and master’s degree from Auburn University, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did a residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia as well as a forensic psychiatry fellowship. While a Captain in the Air Force he helped set up and run the treatment phase of the Air Force Drug Treatment program in1971. He practiced adult psychiatry in Grand Junction for 30+ years. He received training in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in 2006 from Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, from Dr. Mark George in 2017 and returned to Harvard for Dr. Pascual-Leone’s intensive course in TMS in 2018. He is Medical Director for TMS Solutions with fourteen TMS offices in various locations in the West. He is on the national Clinical TMS Society Board of Directors, sits on three national committees and is Chairman of the 2022 Annual Meeting. He has been known to cook a little BBQ.
Tracy Barbour, MD, CTMSS Clinical Standards Committee Co-chair
Dr. Barbour is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) clinical service and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barbour’s research interests focus on addressing ways of improving treatment outcomes using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) through individualized treatment planning. Dr. Barbour received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and completed psychiatry residency at MGH/McLean combined residency program. During residency, she served as the chief resident of McLean Hospital’s Clinical Evaluation Center.
Carlos Lowell, DO, CTMSS Education Co-chair
Dr. Lowell is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Sandusky, OH. He formed the fifth fully functional TMS program in Ohio in 2013 and was the first osteopathic physician to start a program in Ohio; since then, he has been the medical director of the TMS Institute of Ohio. Dr. Lowell is a member of the Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS), an international organization of more than 1,000 members whose mission is to optimize the clinical practice, accessibility, and awareness of TMS. He is currently serving on the membership and education committees; resident task force and has served on the clinical standards committee for the Clinical TMS Society. One of Dr. Lowell's goals is to get the word out about TMS to the osteopathic profession during his tenure, and he says he looks forward to working with osteopathic educators across the country.
Baron Short, MD, CTMSS Insurance Co-chair
Dr. Short is a Psychiatry Specialist in Charleston, SC, and has over 21 years of medical experience, with extensive experience in Addiction & Substance Abuse, and Psychotic Disorders. He graduated from the MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA in 2001 and is affiliated with MUSC Health University Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.
Ian Cook, MD, DLFAPA, FCTMSS, CTMSS Legal Business Ethics Co-chair
Dr. Cook received his medical degree from Yale and completed his residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (now the UCLA Semel Institute) before completing an NIMH T32 research fellowship there and joining the full-time faculty. He held the Miller Family endowed chair in Depression Research and founded the Depression Research and Clinic Program in 2006 and the TMS Service in 2009. At UCLA he was Chair of the Faculty for the School of Medicine and Chief of Staff of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. In 2018 he left the University and launched the Los Angeles TMS Institute, focused on providing advanced neuromodulation treatments in the community. He was a member of the Executive Committee on Practice Guidelines for the APA and is a Distinguished Life Fellow. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society since 2013, has been co-chair of the Legal, Business, and Ethics committee since 2017, and was elected to be an inaugural Fellow of the Society in 2022
Samir Ibrahim, MBBS, MPsych, FRANZCP, OAM, CTMSS Membership Co-chair
Nate Upshaw, MD, CTMSS Outreach Committee Co-chair
Dr. Upshaw began his medical training at the University of Florida and Tulane University School of Medicine. After attaining his doctorate at Tulane, Upshaw continued onto the University of South Florida School of Medicine, where he completed his internship and residency in Psychiatry. While at the University of South Florida, Dr. Upshaw, under the stewardship of a forward-thinking chairman, received training to practice TMS shortly after being FDA cleared in 2008. The department’s progressive approach eventually led to the university obtaining two of the first TMS chairs in the entire state of Florida.
Angela Phillips, PhD, CTMSS Research Committee Co-chair
Dr. Phillips is a licensed therapist and clinical researcher and has worked in public, private, government, and not-for-profit organizations across clinical and research-oriented roles. Dr. Phillips's clinical and research experience has included suicide prevention, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies, teletherapy delivery, understanding global stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, integrated therapeutics, and treatments such as non-invasive brain stimulation for more severe psychiatric or neurological conditions. In addition, Dr. Phillips has co-developed and led randomized and controlled trials in neuromodulation and has provided consultation and training for new providers, centers, and academic centers entering collaborative psychiatric and behavioral healthcare using novel treatment interventions and approaches. Additionally, she is excited to cohost our new podcast, Dear Mind, You Matter, focusing on creating greater awareness and access to various mental health and wellness tools.
Randy Pardell, MD, DLFAPA, FCTMSS, CTMSS FACTMS Committee Chair
Dr. Pardell is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Clinical TMS Society. He has served on the Board of Directors of CTMSS for the past 5 years. He has been past Chairman of the Outreach Committee and has served on the Membership and Education Committees. He has been a returning lecturer for the CTMSS Pulses Course. He has been practicing TMS therapy since 2009. He co-wrote the first lay book on TMS called 3000 Pulses. Dr. Pardell is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University where he performed smoking cessation research with Alexander Glassman MD. After graduation from his psychiatric training, Dr. Pardell moved up with his wife to the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York to start a practice and raise a family. Dr. Pardell is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been a past President of the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Society and had been its Program Director for over a decade. Dr. Pardell founded Riverview Psychiatric Medicine, PC and TMS Center of the Hudson Valley and leads an active group psychiatric and TMS practice.
Rebecca Allen, MD, MPH, CTMSS Identity Committee 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 and earned a Masters of Public Health in biostatistics and epidemiology. She completed her 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 of the psychiatry consult service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She then completed a 2-year fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has participated in research on sleep and memory consolidation, quality of life in multiple sclerosis, the efficacy of different TMS protocols, EEG biomarkers of TMS response, the RECOVER VNS trial, and other projects. She has authored several papers. Dr. Allen has had several roles with the Clinical TMS Society, including serving on the Board of Directors, as the Treasurer, as Co-Chair of the Insurance Committee, and as Vice President. She was presented with a service award from the CTMSS in 2021.
Debra Stultz, MD, CTMSS Budget & Finance, and Structure Committee Chair
Dr. Stultz is the Director and Owner of Stultz Sleep and Behavioral Health in Barboursville, West Virginia. Dr. Stultz earned her medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry through West Virginia University at their Charleston Division through Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She is board certified in psychiatry, sleep medicine, and behavioral sleep medicine. With a special interest in Narcolepsy, she treats a variety of sleep disorders and psychiatric issues. Her specialty in psychiatry is treatment-resistant depression. She is also the editor for the Clinical TMS Society Newsletter, on their Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, and the chairman of the TMS and Sleep Disorders Affinity Group.
Mohamed Abdelghani, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPsych, FCTMSS, CTMSS President
Dr. Abdelghani completed his post-graduate psychiatric training at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation trust (SLaM) which is the biggest mental health trust in the UK, a center of excellence and one of the most influential mental health organizations in the world. During his training at SLaM he worked alongside some of the most prominent professors and clinicians in the field. Dr. Abdelghani worked at the National Affective Disorders Service, which was one of six national affective disorders units in the UK. The time he spent on the National Affective Disorders Unit and outpatient clinic equipped him with clinical skills and excellent experience to manage and treat the most treatment resistant depressed and bipolar patients. After working in the National Affective Disorders service for a year he became involved in a multicenter international cutting edge research that tested the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat treatment resistant depression. He was the primary psychiatrist at King’s College London site for this study. Neurostimulation is one of his special interests and working on this study gave him the opportunity to meet and build links with leading figures in the field around the world. Another special interest of Dr. Abdelghani is Adult ADHD. Dr Abdelghani trained at the first Adult ADHD clinic in the UK that was opened at the Maudsley Hospital in London.
After finishing his higher psychiatry training at SLaM he worked as a consultant psychiatrist for almost a year at the same organization before moving to work in central London at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. At the present time he is the Lead Consultant Psychiatrist for Adult ADHD at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust besides working as a consultant psychiatrist in CDAT (Complex depression, Anxiety and Trauma) service. Dr Abdelghani continues being actively involved in research in the field of Adult ADHD and mood disorders. He has a keen interest in spreading mental health awareness and knowledge through teaching medical students, training junior doctors, giving lectures to fellow psychiatrists and media interviews.