Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Bio:Dr. Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice. He has more than 300 scholarly publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services. Dr. Unützer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Public Health (in the departments of Health Services and Global Health) and as Affiliate Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA. Dr. Unützer founded the AIMS Center (http://aims.uw.edu), which is dedicated to Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions. He led the development and testing of IMPACT, an evidence-based model of depression care that has been implemented in more than 1,000 primary care clinics in the United States and abroad. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long- term health care costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing local, regional, national, and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care. Dr. Unützer has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Klerman Junior and Senior Investigator Awards from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Senior Health Services Scholar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Unützer trained in medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University), public policy (MA, University of Chicago), and public health / health services (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at UCLA and in primary care psychiatry at the University of Washington.
Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM
Senior Medical Director, Education and Policy
National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
Bio:R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist and now the Senior Medical Director for Education and Policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. In this role he is responsible for developing and maintaining all training and live technical assistance delivered by the National Center. This covers addiction, pain, behavioral health, system development, payment model implementation, and health care policy. Before joining the National Center he worked for the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1,000 employed physicians. He was the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, the President of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as Substance Use Disorder Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller has also worked extensively with local, state, and federal law enforcement on the issues of controlled substance diversion and interdiction. Dr. Waller earned a Master of Science in Biology with a neuromolecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is board certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine. Dr. Waller’s special interests include creating a comprehensive workforce development suite for the care of complex high-cost patients, collaborating with law enforcement to create a medically informed policing strategy for controlled substances, understanding the biopsychosocial and financial impact of high-cost complex patients, as well as the unique interaction of pain and addiction.
Paule Anne Lewis, MBA/MHA
President and CEO
San José Clinic
Bio:Paule Anne Lewis is a native Houstonian with 25 years of health care administration experience in the local market. She has worked at several of the top hospital systems in The Texas Medical Center, including Houston Methodist Hospital. Ms. Lewis has a BS in accounting and MBA/MHA degrees, both from the School of Business at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she gave back as an adjunct professor from 2007–2012. In her community health career, she served on several committees and led a number of collaborative projects among the safety-net clinics. She is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, the YMCA Healthy Living Committee, and the President’s Advisory Board for Houston Community College, Coleman College for Health Sciences. San José Clinic is Houston’s oldest and largest charity care clinic. Founded in 1922, the Clinic provides over 4,000 uninsured patients annually with primary and specialty medical and dental care, as well as vision, laboratory, and pharmacy services, all through volunteer, academic, and community partnerships. San José Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a United Way agency, a Texas Medical Center member institution, and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.