Minutes of the HAPA 19th Annual Meeting 2018
May 8th 2018, New York City, New York
NOTE: This draft of the 19th HAPA Annual Meeting Minutes was approved by the HAPA executive committee and be ratified at the
20th HAPA Annual Meeting in May 2019.
Drs. George Petrides, Philip Candilis, Maria Lymberis, Nick Togias, Georgios Karampoutakis, Apostolos Tsiamis, Georgios Pagkalos, Anna Polyniki and HAPA’s presenter Professor Pavlos Kymissis.
Drs Papas, Matthews-Ferrari, Christodoulou, Vidalis, Papadimitriou, Stratas, Fouras, Zeris, Plesons, Armenakis, Duriez, Papastrat Silverman, Giakoumatos, Cassimatis, Alexopoulos,
HAPA Minutes of both the 17th and the 18th HAPA Annual Meetings in were distributed, reviewed and approved as written. They will be entered on the HAPA Website. The draft of the 19th HAPA Meeting will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and voted at the 2019 Annual meeting.
Dr. Candilis called the meeting to order at 8:15pm.
He welcomed all and noted that HAPA members of the Executive Committee Drs. Katina Ferrari Mathews and Arthur Papas regret that they are unable to join us today. He welcomed the psychiatrists from Greece & Cyprus to our HAPA meeting: Drs Georgios Karampoutakis, Georgios Pagkalos, Anna Polyniki, Apostolos Tsiamis. He also welcomed the new HAPA members: Drs. Apostolos Tambakis and Emanuel Voyiaziakis and the returning HAPA members Drs. Nick Togias, Stella Lymberis and Dimistra Hrisikos.
He noted that his term of office as HAPA President HAPA is especially focused on the Refugee Crisis and Greece’s response. At the 2017 HAPA meeting, Dr. Candilis presented his work in Greece. His work is on going and currently he is exploring possibilities of further consultations in Greece with the Greek Ambassador to the US and the First Secretary US General Xenakis.
Dr Candilis work in Greece lead to a discussion of a possible collaboration in forensic psychiatry on a HAPA/HPA project in Greece.
ACTION: There was agreement that Drs. Candilis, Karampoutakis and Tsiamis will draft a proposal for such project involving psychiatric patients in the Greek Justice system. This project and the proposal will be discussed by Skype at the HAPA Executive Committee meeting. This collaboration between HAPA & HPA members on mental health needs in Greece is a major step for HAPA and it is made possible thru the leadership of HAPA President Dr.Candilis.
HAPA Founder’s Report
Dr. Lymberis presented a short history of HAPA and noted that as the Founder she has been functioning as the Executive Director with NO paid staff. The HAPA Executive Committee has continued to meet by conference calls on regular intervals. She emphasized that HAPA has survived for 20 years because of devotion to the mission of HAPA and the support of HAPA Officers. The focus and priorities of the Executive Committee continue to be the HAPA Annual meeting, increasing HAPA membership, resolving the HAPA incorporation, and especially promoting HAPA’s links with the Hellenic Psychiatric Association, (HPA) and other medical, psychiatric and mental health professional groups and individual psychiatrists in US, Greece and in the Diaspora.
Dr. Lymberis reported on her work with Dr. Papas to incorporate HAPA in Massachusetts. The Boston attorney Alan B. Almeida, J.D. LLM of
Connor & Hilliard was consulted. Having helped Dr. Papas in the past incorporate the HAPA of Boston, attorney Almeida now recommended to the Boards of both organizations the following steps to “convert” the existing HAPA of Boston into HAPA:
…In order to ‘convert” the existing non-profit Corporation, (i.e. The Hellenic American Psychiatric Association of Boston, Inc.) into the Hellenic American Psychiatric Association, Inc., all that is required is to change the name of the Corporation by a filing with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office where the entity is incorporated. This name change will not alter the Corporation non-profit, tax-exempt charitable status. The Members, Officers and Directors of the new entity can also be changed at the same time with the same filing with the Secretary of State’s Office. In order to authorize these changes and the filing with the Secretary of state’s office, the , requires a vote by the current Sole Member and Director of Corporation. I have prepared such a vote which is attached hereto. After the name and officer change, the new entity will be required to file an Annual Report listing the current officers and directors with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office and a Form 990 each year with the IRS. If the entity’s total annual revenues are less than $50,000.00 in any year, the entity can file a so-called “postcard Form 990 which is a very simple filing which you can likely handle yourself. The legal fee for doing all of the above (courtesy charge) would be $500.00. The cost to file the forms necessary to change the name, officers and directors is $ 100.00 . The yearly cost to file the Annual Report is $15.00.. There is no fee to file the Form 990”.
Dr. Lymberis noted that HAPA of Boston’s Board had already voted and approved this recommendation now it has to be approved at this meeting in order to be fully implemented.
MOTION #1: unanimous approval Mr. Almeida’s recommendation
Implementation by the HAPA Treasurer, with the assistance of the Executive Committee, will be done as soon as possible.
Dr. Lymberis also proposed that HAPA initiate a HAPA Award: Excellence in Psychiatric Education. This award will honor an individual psychiatrist who has excelled during training in any area: clinical, research, teaching, advocacy, organizational skills and leadership. The training director of all training programs in the US, Greece and Diaspora will be notified that they can nominate one of their trainees. The requirement is that the trainee be either of Hellenic decent or have a clear commitment to the Hellenic Heritage of Medicine in Ethics and the Socratic “Know thyself”. Discussion followed. It was noted that such an Award will make HAPA known both to training programs and their trainees as both will be honored by this award. Concerns were raised as to how such a HAPA Award will be implemented by HAPA.
MOTION #2 Unanimous approval for establishing this HAPA Award
Drs. Lymberis, Pagkalos and Petrides were tasked to work on implementation and report back at the 19th Annual meeting.
HAPA Treasurer’s & Membership Reports
HAPA Treasurer, Dr. Mathews-Ferrari, provided a report: HAPA continues to have NO deficit and the HAPA Bank account at WFB has a balance of $1,200.00 (before the dues that will be collected at this May 2018 meeting).
HAPA Membership Committee Chair, Dr. Papas was not able to provide a report. As always he is requesting that all HAPA members work to recruit HAPA members.
Reports from Greece:
The following is Professor Christodoulou’s email dated 4/30/18
Dear Maria and Friends
Thank you for the communication.
The Hellenic Psychiatric Association is organizing its annual Panhellenic Congress at the Hippocratic island of Kos on 17-20 May. One of the invited speakers is Prof. Mohammed Abou-Saleh, Professor of Psychiatry at St. George’s Hospital in London who is of Syrian origin and has published with me on issues of refugees in British Journal of Psychiatry International.
I am glad that Dr Pagkalos is running for a position in the board. I think someone from the “mainland” should participate. At some stage all you people who live in USA must decide to take part in a Panhellenic congress and provide the opportunity to Greek colleagues to meet you and establish contact. For us in Greece it is becoming increasingly difficult to travel abroad.
I am glad that Gabriel Ivbijaro has become the International Caucus leader. Gabriel has succeeded me in the Presidency of the World Federation for Mental Health and although he faced great difficulties due to chronic problems of malfunction in this organization he managed well.
Best regards to all
Dr. Lymberis’s email to Dr. Vidalis requesting his report was returned.
HAPA Nominating Committee
HAPA Officers for term 2017-2020: In 2017 due to time restraints the nominations/elections for HAPA Officers for term 2017-2020 was deferred for this meeting. Dr. Candilis noted that there was no set slate and that nominations were now open.
Dr. Lymberis noted that in the past HPA members were elected and served as HAPA Board officers. However, there has never been a HAPA President Elect from Greece. She added that now with efficient and affordable, free, global communications this is a real option.
Following a brief discussion the following were unanimously elected:
HAPA President Elect: Professor George Karampoutakis
HAPA Secretary: Georgios Pangalos, MD
HAPA Treasurer: Nick Togios, MD
HAPA Counselor: Apostolos Tsiamis, MD
Congratulations to ALL.
This HAPA election was noted as a major/new step forward for HAPA.
Dr Lymberis noted that it is time for a By Laws Revision (or Amendment) as the APA has changed its rules and APA Affiliate organizations can now open their membership to all mental health professionals who are members in good standing of their parent organizations. The requirement for maintaining Affiliate APA status is only for APA members to be a majority of the membership of the APA Affiliate. The changes do not include & are silent as to non medical professionals being officers of the Affiliate APA organizations.
MOTION#3: Unanimous approval for such HAPA By Laws change.
Drs. Malios and Lymberis with volunteer(s) to draft needed By Laws changes to be presented at the 19th HAPA Annual meeting.
There followed a discussion for a HAPA meeting in Greece. Professor Karampoutakis urged that such a meeting was very much needed to introduce HPA psychiatrists to HAPA.
MOTION #4 Unanimous approval for such a HAPA meeting in Greece.
The HAPA Executive Committee to work on implementation with Dr. Hrisikos volunteering to participate.
This was a very special and stimulating presentation by Professor Paul Kymissis, MD, DFAPA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College, Former Dean, Founding Chairman & Professor of Psychiatry, St George’s University of London at the University of Nicosia Medical Programme. His talk will also be available on the HAPA website:
“Recent developments in Medical Education in Cyprus: The University of Nicosia Experience”
His presentation covered some of the developments in Cyprus after the Trauma of the Turkish Invasion. He detailed the establishments of a number of Academic Programs by the Government and by Private Groups. He detailed and focused on the collaborative effort between the St George’s University of London and the University of Nicosia in establishing the now very successful Medical School. This program is now on the 6th year. It has about 700 students from about 40 countries. His presentation covered the principles of the academic program, the Clinical experience of the Students, the impact the Medical School has on the general Medical Society and the challenges, problems of the Program.
During the discussion that followed Professor Kymissis’s presentation, Dr. Anna Polyniki, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nicosia Medical School, provided further details about the functioning of the Nicosia program. Her remarks added significantly to the presentation and to the lively discussion that followed.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:35PM with members going to Avra Restaurant for a delicious dinner.
See you in my home state of sunny California at the May 2019 APA/HAPA annual meetings.
Maria T. Lymberis, MD
HAPA Founder & Past President
HAPA Founder’s Reflections
Maria T. Lymberis, MD
As the Founder of HAPA, I feel compelled to share my reflections about the just completed highly successful and historic 19th Annual HAPA meeting.
First, WELCOME to ALL who joined us at this meeting.
Specifically, our returning HAPA member Dr. Hrisikos, new members of HAPA from the USA Drs. Tambakis and Voyiaziakis and especially those from our homeland of Greece and Cyprus: Drs Karampoutakis, Pagkalos Tsiamis and Polykini. Your presence at HAPA’s 19th Annual meeting in NYC is a confirmation of the VALUE of HAPA. By joining us you are affirming that the vision of HAPA’s growth thru collaboration with HPA can become a reality. For me this collaboration is central to the very existence and future growth of HAPA. The possibilities of this vision compelled me to both found HAPA and to sustain it since 1999 by functioning as its Executive Director. HAPA is here because of the devoted work of the officers of HAPA.
I also wish to welcome our new HAPA members: US physician retired surgeon Dr. Apostolos Tambakis who came to see what we psychiatrists are doing. I trust that he found our meeting interesting and look forward to your participation. I am also welcoming as a new member Dr. Emanuel Voyiaziakis who is lucky to be working with our HAPA Past President George Petrides who invited him to our meeting. I am thankful to Dr. Petrides for his unwavering support to me personally and to HAPA. He has been mentoring and bringing into HAPA many young Greek and US psychiatrists. Dr. Petrides also arranged for the dinner that followed our meeting at AVRA, a very special Greek restaurant. Working for HAPA is a labor of LOVE for all of us. I am delighted to have you all join with us.
Second, some highlights about the history of HAPA-HPA relationship.
HAPA’s first contact with HPA was Professor George Christodoulou who is also one of the founders of HAPA. He is the Athens HAPA link while Professor Athanasios Vidalis has been HAPA’s link with Thessaloniki. During those early years many Greek colleagues came to the APA meetings. Because the psychiatrists were funded by the pharmaceutical companies and my publicity efforts about the HAPA meetings thru these companies were totally unsuccessful, none of these psychiatrists ever came to the HAPA meetings. However, HAPA did participate at the HPA Congress twice. HAPA offered a scientific session both times. The HAPA sessions were very well attended and HPA members were interested in HAPA. However, our good start abruptly ended with the US and world wide economic depression that seriously impacted psychiatrists both in the US and Greece. Recruiting members and travel became even more difficult. Dr. Yannis Zervas was the only one who was able to attend and was a presenter at an Annual HAPA meeting. He was also elected, served and contributed as a HAPA officer. Over the last 10 plus years there were a few occasions I did fear that our efforts to keep HAPA alive may reach the same DEAD END as the efforts of the Philadelphia Psychiatrists who, years before I started HAPA in 1999, had started a similar effort but had to give up. Knowing that HAPA is needed and the support of the HAPA officers made us all persevere and keep on track. Now, in our global world the HAPA-HPA collaboration can now become a reality and lead to real growth for HAPA.
HAPA’s featuring of the Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus is very timely. HAPA is honored to have the FOUNDER of this school present his pioneering work at our New York meeting. A special Thanks goes to past HAPA President Dr. Petrides as he made this highly inspirational meeting possible by inviting his fellow Cypriotes Professor Kymissis and Dr. Polyniki. Professor Kymissis’s presentation detailed the amazing results of his efforts in founding the Nicosia medical school. This school is now known for EXCELLENCE in training the physicians of tomorrow. With students coming to this school from all over the world, entrance is highly competitive. This is the fourth medical school in the island of Cyprus. It a prestigious school and part of the famed St George’s Medical School of England. Professor Kymissis work’s is a living example of the enduring value of the HELLENIC HERITAGE with its emphasis on the pursuit of excellence emphasizing the uniqueness of each individual human being and the need for each to know oneself and work for knowledge with “ARETI”.
The HAPA election of Professor Karampoutakis as the first HAPA President Elect from Greece with both Dr. Pagkalos as HAPA Secretary and Dr, Tsiamis as HAPA Counselor also from Greece, is a further demonstration of HAPA’s commitment to be the link for collaboration between HAPA & APA psychiatrists and mental health professionals. The fact that in this election cycle, HAPA Treasurer Elect, Dr. Togias, is the only HAPA officer from the US is both a major step for HAPA and a challenge for HAPA, HPA and us all. Congrats to ALL.
See you in my home state of sunny California at the May 2019 APA/HAPA annual meetings.
Maria T. Lymberis, MD
HAPA Founder & Past President