Several Massachusetts psychiatrists were recently honored by their district
branch, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS), for outstanding
contributions to their field.
The winners of the 2005 Outstanding Psychiatrist awards were (from left in
photo) Ross Baldessarini, M.D., John Herman, M.D., Alan Brown, M.D.,
Aaron Lazare, M.D., Leon Eisenberg, M.D., and Carola Eisenberg,
M.D. Not pictured are Elizabeth Childs, M.D., and Maurizio
The awards were presented at the MPS's annual meeting in May at Bentley
College in Waltham, Mass. The keynote speakers were two state legislators,
Sen. Steven Tolman and Rep. Ruth Balser. The two co-chair the
legislature's Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Balser discussed the continuing legislative efforts to gain full parity for
mental health care, and Tolman focused on the need to draw attention to the
substance abuse problem, particularly that involving abuse of prescription
drugs, among young adults.