American Psychiatric Association Welcomes New President

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American Psychiatric Association

A former psychiatrist with a specialization in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Soon K. Kim now leads Aurora Behavioral Health Care as president and CEO. Active in his professional community, Dr. Soon K. Kim belongs to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which recently announced the appointment of its new president.

On May 24, Anita Everett, MD, began her term as president of the APA as the organization’s Annual Meeting in San Diego came to a close. The current chief medical officer of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Everett is a former division director of Johns Hopkins Community and General Psychiatry at the Bayview Campus. She also served as an associate professor with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Dr. Everett has held positions with the APA, such as trustee-at-large for its Board of Trustees, and chair of the APA Task Force on Healthcare Reform in 2015. As president, she plans to prioritize access to psychiatric care for all Americans through increased use of telepsychiatry. Further, she advocates for physician wellness and evidence-based care for first-episode psychosis. She will serve a one-year term, after which Altha Stewart, MD, will take over as president.


American Psychiatric Association Reminds Members of the Goldwater Rule

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American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Soon K. Kim serves as the president and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, which manages hospitals across five states. As part of his larger commitment to the field of behavioral health care, Dr. Soon K. Kim is also a lifetime member of the American Psychiatric Association.

The American Psychiatric Association is made up of more than 37,000 psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and scientists around the world. Its members work together to improve treatments for psychiatric conditions, foster humane care for people living with mental illnesses, and remove barriers to treatment for all patients.

In March 2017, the Association and its ethics committee reaffirmed the importance of the Goldwater Rule, an important ethical guideline for the organization. The Goldwater Rule states that members should refrain from giving professional opinions about the mental health of individuals they have not evaluated firsthand.

This principle has been in place since 1973 and is named for Senator Barry Goldwater. During the presidential elections of 1964, many psychiatrists opined on whether or not Senator Goldwater would be psychologically fit to serve as president. Aside from being unethical, these opinions ultimately led to legal liability for publications that released such statements.

The American Psychiatric Association would like to remind members that giving professional opinions about politicians or other non-patients is a violation of the Goldwater Rule and of other ethical principles.

APA Collaborates with the NNDC on PsychPRO Registry

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PsychPRO Registry

President and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kim oversees operations at seven psychiatric facilities in California, Illinois, and Arizona. Dedicated to staying active in the professional community, Dr. Soon K. Kim holds licenses and certifications from several organizations. He is also a lifetime member of the American Psychiatric Association.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the world’s leading organization for psychiatric professionals, announced in early 2017 that it would be collaborating with the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) on PsychPRO.

PsychPRO (Psychiatric Patient Registry Online) was launched by the APA during fall 2016. A national mental health registry, it was designed to help psychiatrists meet quality reporting requirements while providing high-quality healthcare to patients. The registry also provides patients with a safe way of sending their clinicians information and allows psychiatrists to submit data to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Over time, the APA hopes that PsychPRO will become a research tool that will help clinicians better understand mental health conditions. Based on the data gathered in the registry, it is hoped that new treatments will also be developed to improve patient outcomes. The NNDC’s collaboration with the registry will help PsychPRO reach these research goals by providing research expertise to speed up important work and maximize the data that the registry creates.

AMA Names New Key Executive

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American Medical Association

For more than 16 years, Dr. Soon K. Kim has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, where he oversees the operations of seven acute psychiatric hospitals. Active in his field, Dr. Soon K. Kim belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new hire to serve as the organization’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement – successful executive and Harvard MBA graduate Todd Unger, who prior to this post served with the Daily Racing Form as its Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to his experience in the digital media space, Mr. Unger worked with high-profile companies such as Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett, helping them promote and optimize their unique brand profiles. He has also held key marketing roles with Lifetime Television and Major League Gaming.

In his comments, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, said that Unger’s experience positions him for success in this new role. He believes Unger will be a tremendous asset to the AMA, helping to develop the best digital tools for physicians for years to come.

The 2017 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Diego

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American Psychiatric Association

An experienced healthcare professional, Dr. Soon K. Kim oversees the business operations of seven hospitals and multiple inpatient facilities as president and CEO of Signature Healthcare Services, based in Corona, California. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim maintains membership with the American Psychiatric Association.

The leading organization of its kind, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) supports more than 37,000 physicians practicing in the United States and in countries around the world. Focused on assisting individuals with mental illnesses and their families, the association endeavors to increase the availability and accessibility of high-quality psychiatric care. The APA supports its vision and mission by gathering its membership each year.

From May 20 to 24, 2017, the APA will host its Annual Meeting, “Prevention through Partnership,” at the San Diego Convention Center. Organizers have planned a program with more than 450 courses and sessions, as well as a variety of exhibitions and poster presentations. The program will also include special events, such as a lecture from journalist Elizabeth Vargas and a piano performance from psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan.

Outside of the offerings at the San Diego Convention Center, the APA Foundation will hold a benefit dinner at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Event Center. For more details on the Annual Meeting, please visit

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Longevity Institute


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Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Dr. Soon K. Kim is a board-certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Kim practiced psychiatry privately and in clinics and hospitals for 25 years. Currently, Dr. Soon K. Kim serves on the board of directors at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

The USC Davis School of Gerontology includes courses and educational programs focused on biological, psychological, and social human development and aging. The school offers 12 distinct programs, including two degrees that may be obtained online.

Additionally, the USC Davis School offers students the opportunity to become involved in its wide range of research centers and institutes, including the USC Longevity Institute (LI). The LI capitalizes on the knowledge base of scientists and clinicians from five different USC schools. The faculty includes specialists in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, psychological disorders, and normal aging.

LI members work together in units to identify and test approaches to maximize health and prevent age-related illnesses. The LI is considered one of the leading research centers of its kind.

Scientific Achievements at the USC Davis School of Gerontology

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USC Davis School of Gerontology

Active in the medical field for nearly half a century, Dr. Soon K. Kim presently focuses his career on administrative duties. As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kym manages a network of eight hospitals across three states. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Soon Kyun Kim sits on the board of directors for the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology.

Established in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology has become a leader in the study of aging. With options for undergraduates, master’s candidates, and PhD students, it affords scholars the opportunity to investigate the biological, sociological, medical, and business concerns of older persons. Additionally, it oversees programs such as the USC Free Radical Institute and the Center for Digital Aging.

Over the past 30 years, USC Davis School of Gerontology researchers have made important contributions to science. In January 2014, two of its scientists – Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang – investigated how the body adapts to dieting. Published in Cell Metabolism, this report looked at how genes respond to what people eat. Their results indicated that some individuals are genetically predisposed to react better to different diets, and the wrong diets can cause premature aging. Through further research and gene sequencing, this discovery may be able to help people determine what will be the best diets for their needs.