Dr. George Keepers elected chair, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Feb. 1, 2018

George A. Keepers, MDGeorge A. Keepers, M.D. R '81, Caruthers Professor and chair of psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, was recently elected as the 2018 chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN). Dr. Keepers' board term runs from January through December 2018.

As an ABPN director, Dr. Keepers serves as board chair, chair of the Psychiatry Council and as chair of 10 ABPN committees. Dr. Keepers is also chair of the Task Force on Pool Question Reclassification-Psychiatry. He is a member of committees on Communications, Finance, Investment, and Strategic Planning for the ABPN. Dr. Keepers is also the liaison to the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. Dr. Keepers is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatry and serves on the College's Board of Regents. His clinical and research interests are in the field of neuropsychiatry. As former psychiatry residency program director, his contribution to education continues through his participation in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry (of which he is the immediate past chair), the ACGME Milestones project, and the ACGME Task Forces revising the Common Program Requirements. Dr. Keepers co-chairs the second Task Force.

Laurie Gutmann, M.D., clinical professor and vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Neurology at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, was elected 2018 vice chair of the ABPN. Dr. Keepers succeeds Kerry H. Levin, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. Gutmann succeeds Robert J. Ronis, M.D., M.H.P., Douglas Bond Professor and chair of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

"The ABPN is indeed very fortunate to have Dr. George Keepers as its chair and Dr. Laurie Gutmann as its vice chair this year," said Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., ABPN President and CEO, in a release. "Both have been excellent directors of the ABPN for the past seven years and bring a wealth of relevant professional experience to their new roles."

The ABPN is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and maintenance of certification processes.