Levounis named APA president-elect

Petros Levounis, MD, MA, has been chosen to lead the APA by his colleagues.

Members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have elected Petros Levounis, MD, MA, as their next president-elect. Although the results for all positions have been released, they are not official until the APA Board of Directors confirms them at the March meeting.

“I am honored and grateful to have been elected by my fellow members to help lead the APA. I look forward to helping strengthen the APA’s leadership role in mental health both within American medicine and in collaboration with our colleagues around the world,” Levounis said in the press release.

Levounis is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and associate dean for professional development at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Additionally, he is a Chief of Staff at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Levounis is the author of several books, such as Technology dependencies; he shared some ideas with Psychiatric timeMT in 2021 in the video, “Technological Addictions: The New Frontier in Addiction Psychiatry”.

This is not the first time that Levounis has been in charge. He has held several leadership positions within the APA, sits on the Psychiatric News Editorial Advisory Board, served as Vice Chair of the Editorial Board of APA Publishing and is a member and Vice Chair of the Council on Addiction. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. In 2017, he was also elected an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association.

Levounis already has plans for his inauguration as President of the APA in May 2023, namely to capitalize on the current unique interest in mental health. Its 3 priorities are:

-Increase the workforce by building more residences and developing innovative career paths for young psychiatrists.

-Fight for parity in the reimbursement of clinical services on an equal basis with other medical specialties.

-Amplify the voice of the psychiatrist on critical social issues, such as systemic racism, homophobia and climate change.

When asked how he plans to pave the way for future psychiatrists, Levounis replied Psychiatric timeMT, “We now plan to offer doctoral training to physician-researchers during their residency. Additionally, we would like to further explore combined residency and 4-year fellowship programs in areas of high need, such as addiction psychiatry and geriatrics.

“Dr. Levounis’ leadership and commitment will greatly benefit the APA,” said Saul Levin, MD, MPA, CEO and Medical Director of the APA. “APA members and the psychiatric profession will be well served by his guidance and leadership. I would also like to personally congratulate all the winners and salute the other nominees. »


1. Petros Levounis, MD, MA, is appointed President-elect of the APA. American Psychiatric Association. Press release. February 15, 2022. https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/petros-levounis-mdma-is-named-apa-president-elect

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