Louis A. Cancellaro, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Cancellaro has a distinguished 26 year history with the department, the college of medicine and the VA Medical Center at Mountain Home. He previously served as Associate Chair from 1980 to 1989 and Interim Chair from 1989 to 1992. Until his retirement in 2005, he held an appointment as Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and in retirement he continued to conduct the annual Neurosciences Course for the Psychiatry Resident Program. From 2005 to 2010 he also served as Clerkship Director for the department. He has been Chair of the Admissions Committee since 2002, Chair of the CME Advisory Committee since 1998, and over the past ten years has Chaired several search committees for the college.
From 1992 to 2005 he served as Chief of Staff at the VA Medical Center and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs at the Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Cancellaro is well known nationally having served as President of the Southern Psychiatric Association and has been awarded Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association. He has served as President of the Southern Medical Association (SMA) and in 2010 received the SMA's Distinguished Service Award, the association's most prestigious award.
ASSOCIATE CHAIR George Brown, M.D., Professor, ETSU Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of Psychiatry, Mountain Home VAMC. Dr. Brown is a University of Rochester School of Medicine graduate who subsequently did residency at Wright State University as an officer in the USAF. He is board certified in General Psychiatry. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center, coming to East Tennessee and joining this department in 1994. He has been very active in academic psychiatry, having published over 110 papers and abstracts as well as 15 book chapters, participating in research in trans-sexualism and gender identity disorders, schizophrenia, and HIV. His areas of expertise include: gender identity disorders and psychopharmacology. Dr. Brown supervises resident research electives at the VA and is encourages residents to develop a better understanding of the potential contributions of research on clinical practice through evaluation of journal articles. He enjoys competitive handgun sports, hunting, farming, and craft-brewing specialty ales.
Department of Psychiatry Faculty (in alphabetical order):
Martha A. Bird, M.D. Associate Professor, Attending physician at Woodridge Intensive Outpatient Program. She was awarded her MD from the University of Kentucky. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship also at University of Kentucky.
Louis A. Cancellaro, Ph.D., M.D. (Anatomy), Interim Chair (see above)
Paul R. Kelley, M.D. Assistant Professor; Attending Physician at Woodridge Hospital and instructor for psychiatry for second year medical students. He is heavily involved in Psycho-drama as a teaching tool, which uses volunteers to act out the roles of psychiatric patients in skits designed to promote understanding of psychopathology to second year medical students. He was awarded his MD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1982 and split his residency between the University of California at Irvine and the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, finishing in 1986. Prior to coming to ETSU he was medical director, geropsychiatric inpatient and intensive outpatient program Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky and medical director of the geropsychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization program, Tacoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Jill D. McCarley, M.D. Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency
Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Professor, Medical Student Course Director for Psychiatry I. Specialities include: professional ethics, effects of gender in career differences, stress management for professionals and medical education. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1981 after completing her internship at University of Tennessee Memphis Center for Health Sciences (Memphis Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium).
Merry N. Miller, M.D. Professor, Dr. Miller is board certified in both General and Adolescent Psychiatry. She specializes in mood and eating disorders in both adults and adolescents. She received her degrees from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in Medicine and Biochemistry. She trained at Duke University during her residency and was a partner in a successful Chicago area private practice group for 7 years prior to coming to academia. Achieving tenure in 2000, she took on the role of chair in 2002 until 2012. She continues to be involved in the clinical supervision of residents and maintains an active research program relating menstrual variations and mental health, causes for depression, eating disorders and autoimmune causes for psychiatric disease.
Norman C. Moore, M.D., Professor, General Psychiatrist, Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. He is interested in clinical research and is involved with many projects currently. Prior to coming to ETSU, Dr Moore was an External Associate Accredited Research Higher Degree Supervisor, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
Michele Moser , Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director State of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. She achieved her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University, Oxford, OH. Dr Moser teaches residents cognitive behavioral therapy.
Rakeshkumar Patel, M.D. Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director. Dr. Patel completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at ETSU.
Thomas Schacht, Psy. D, ABPP, Professor, Director of Forensic Services, Director of Psychotherapy Training. Board-certified in clinical psychology and forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Schacht teaches medical students and psychiatry residents in the areas of psychotherapy, psychopathology, psychological assessment, and forensic psychiatry. He provides forensic services to state and federal courts, prosecution and defense in criminal matters, plaintiff and defense in civil matters. Doctoral degree from Rutgers University. Internship and residency in medical and pediatric psychology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center. Two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Steven M. Shulruff, M.D.
, Associate Professor and Clinic Director. Dr. Shulruff is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. After earning his M.D. from Chicago Medical School in 1975, Dr. Shulruff completed a Psychiatry Residency, as well as a Child Psychiatry Fellowship, at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, Colorado in 1979. He finished his training in Adult and Child Psychoanalysis at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1998. Dr. Shulruff’s roles include Consulting Psychiatrist for The Center of Excellence, evaluations and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, inpatient treatment of children and adolescents, teaching and supervising psychotherapy for Psychiatry Residents, and teaching Medical Students. He also has an interest in Psychiatry and Film and has taught Film Series on a variety of topics over the year
Phillip Steffey, MSW Instructor, He received his Master's in Social Work from East Carolina University.
VA Psychiatry Academic Faculty (in alphabetical order):
Christine Adler, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Assistant Professor, Assistant Chief, Psychology Service, JH Quillen VAMC. Dr. Adler received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of NY at Albany and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in medical psychology at the Ohio State University Medical Center. She specializes in geriatric and medical psychology, particularly care of the terminally ill.
John S. Auerbach, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Professor, Coordinator of the Post-Traumatic Stress Program, JH Quillen VAMC. Dr. Auerbach is also a Research Affiliate in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo and his internship at the West Haven VAMC. In addition to post-traumatic stress disorder, his interests include borderline disorders, narcissism, projective testing, attachment theory, and the relationships among representational processes, intersubjectivity, and the development of the self.
George Brown, M.D. (see Associate Chair, above)
William Finger, Ph.D.
Richard C. Haaser, M.D., Assistant Professor. Director of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at the JH Quillen VAMC. He is also a didactic instructor. He is board certified in General Psychaitry and has completed a fellowship in Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry at the University of Rochester. He received his MD from Tufts and general residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dianne Hansen, M.D., Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic, JH Quillen VAMC, Assistant Professor, ETSU. She instructs residents in safety and competency in an ER setting. Completed her psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego, and is board certified in psychiatry. Areas of expertise include emergency room psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, working with the chronically mentally ill, and management of chronic pain syndromes.
John Hendrick, M.D., Assistant Professor. Dr. Hendrick was graduated from and trained in psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. He is Board-Certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was in private practice for 18 years, initially in North Carolina for three years and then in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area of TN for 15 years prior to joining the faculty at ETSU. During this time he served as President of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association. He has been Medical Director of three large adult Psychiatric programs, and founded three Geriatric Partial Hospitals. He served on the Board of Directors of Parkridge Hospital in Chattanooga, TN and was on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Chattanooga. His expertise is in the areas of anxiety and affective disorders of adults and geriatrics, schizophrenia, substance abuse and forensics. He has extensive experience in community psychiatry liaison between inpatient psychiatric units and community aftercare, including mental health centers, attorneys, courts and jails, partial hospitals, geriatric specialty services and residential treatment units. He frequently lectures on a wide variety of psychiatric issues to the national audience.
Shantha Pandian, M.D., Assistant Professor, ETSU. Dr. Pandian completed her psychiatric residency at ETSU after having done her medical studies at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. She currently is Chief of the Mental Health Clinic at the JH Quillen VAMC. Her research interests include the impact of religious and cultural beliefs and traditions on mental health.Pramod Shah, M.D., FAPA. Professor, Staff Psychiatrist of the Psychosocial Recovery & Treatment Program, James H. Quillen VAMC, Board certified in General and Geriatric Psychiatry. He received Medical Degree from University of Bombay, India 1972 and completed his residency in psychiatry at Chicago Medical School/University of Health Related Science, North Chicago, Illinois. Special interest in psychopharmacology, treating schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, clinical and didactic teaching. Other interests in ECT and sleep disorders.
Patrick Sloan, Ph.D., Professor. Dr. Patrick Sloan is currently serving as Chief of Psychology at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (VAMC). He has served as Acting Mental Health Services Manager for the VA Mid South Healthcare Network (VISN 9). Dr. Sloan is a nationally recognized leader in VA mental health, is a graduate of the VHA Clinical Managers' Institute, and has served in various mental health leadership capacities in VISN 9 since the inception of the Network. He chaired the Mental Health Advisory Group and other mental health task forces prior to this appointment. Dr. Sloan received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University. He served his internship with emphasis in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida and Gainesville VAMC. He arrived here as a Staff Psychologist at the James H. Quillen VAMC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is one of the original faculty members of the College of Medicine still teaching here. Dr. Sloan has served as Chief, Psychology Service since 1993 at Mountain Home, where he directs the Clinical Neuropsychology Program and is Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr. Sloan is a member of several professional organizations, including a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. He is recognized nationally for his published research in assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder and his authorship of a several funded VA program grants.
Heidi Vermette, M.D., Associate Professor, Attending physician at Mountain Home VA. She was awarded her MD from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency as well as Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship also at University of Massachusetts.
Departmental Full-Time Staff (in alphabetical order):
Kathy Bailey, Center of Excellence, Clinical Coordinator
Jan Brownlee, Center of Excellence, Social Worker
Christine Kerney, Research Coordinator
Chris Loveday, Office Manager
Janice Lyons, Coordinator, Chair’s Secretary
Karen Mabe, Graduate Medical Education Coordinator-Psychiatry
Pam Moffett, Secretary III
Brandi Nave, Technical Clerk
Shana Price, Residency Secretary III
Susan Wallace, PARC House Secretary II
Tracy Wilson, Research Assistant
Jane Wolfe, Center of Excellence, Office Coordinator
Wanda Young, Coordinator, Medical Education
Quillen ETSU Physicians Staff (in alphabetical order):
Judy Archer, Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry
Susan Elaine, LMFT, Clinical Staff, Psychiatry
Tiffany Hall, Billing/Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry
Heather Moore, Receptionist for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry
Mabel A Yates, Office Manager for ETSU Physicians and Associates, Psychiatry
Clinical and Adjunct Faculty:
The training provided by the program is greatly extended by the services provided by our active Clinical and Adjunct Faculty which includes over 50 members of the Medical Community as well as Faculty of other Medical and Basic Science departments.Clinical and Adjunct Faculty provide Resident and Medical Student Clerk Supervision and/or participate in various lecture presentations for a minimum of 20 hr/year each. This group brings to our Department the additional experience of numerous other health care professionals which include: Institutional Practice Physicians, Private Practice Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, & Pharmacists.