Canadian Psychiatrists Welcome Dr. Susan Abbey as New President



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Susan Abbey was inaugurated this
weekend as president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The
exchange from Dr. Patrick White to Dr. Abbey took place at the CPA Annual
General Meeting in Vancouver, BC.
    Dr. Susan Abbey specializes in consultation-liaison psychiatry - a branch
of psychiatry concentrated on the interface of mind and body - with a
particular focus on depression, quality of life and stress management with the
medically ill and transplant patients and families. She is currently the
Director of the Program in Medical Psychiatry and the Director of Psychosocial
Services for the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health
Network (UHN) where she works closely with transplant patients and their
caregivers.
    She enjoys the combination of medicine and psychiatry, the strong ethical
component and the opportunity her work affords her to advocate for services
for her patients. Her belief in and willingness to step forward on issues of
social justice began in her early teens when she picketed and protested the
plight of poor migrant workers. In her 20s she campaigned for housing for
people with disabilities and helped establish Toronto's Covenant House.
    Dr. Abbey juggles a full practice with a strong commitment to organized
psychiatry and has done so since psychiatric residency. She has served on both
the CPA Board and the Ontario Psychiatric Association (OPA) Council, most
recently as the 2005 OPA president where she continued to advocate for patient
needs.
    Not only does Dr. Abbey have a thriving clinical practice, she is also a
researcher and educator. Her current research includes studies on living donor
liver donations, depression and anxiety in people awaiting transplant and
their caregivers, the role of meditation and yoga in managing hypertension,
and how people adjust to heart transplants-psychologically, socially and
philosophically. Her earlier research work focused on chronic fatigue
syndrome.
    Dr. Abbey is also a teacher of medical students and residents. "It's an
opportunity to get people to look at how they can be advocates for patients
and how they can foster resilience in patients," she says. Dr. Abbey is an
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of
Toronto and has won several awards recognizing her excellence as an educator.
    Dr. Abbey is perhaps best known for her role in continuing medical
education and her transformation of the Canadian Psychiatric Association's
(CPA) Annual Conference to the premier psychiatric event in Canada. She served
as CPA Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair from 1998 to 2004 and was Chair
of the CPA Continuing Professional Development Committee from 2002 to 2008.
She is also a sought-after scientific speaker, particularly in the area of
psychosomatic medicine.

    The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,100 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951,
the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in
the provision of clinical care, education and research.




For further information:

For further information: Hélène Côté, Canadian Psychiatric Association,
(613) 794-9663, hcote@cpa-apc.org

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