Meet the Candidates Running for Election for the 2013 AAGP Board of Directors

Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Your Vote is Due December 22

Get to know your candidates, and be sure to vote in the election. Return the ballot that was mailed to you, or visit the AAGP website ( to cast your vote online.

President-Elect (March 2013 – March 2014)

**Automatically transitions to President for 2014-2015 and to Immediate Past President for 2015-16.

  • David W. Oslin, MD
  • Susan K. Schultz, MD

Secretary/Treasurer-Elect (March 2013 – March 2014)   

**Automatically transitions to Secretary/Treasurer for 2014-2015.

  • Melinda S. Lantz, MD       

AAGP’s Conflict of Interest Policy

In addition to a statement, each candidate was asked to disclose any potential conflicts, according to AAGP’s conflict of interest policy. All members of the AAGP Board of Directors and committee chairs are asked annually to complete a conflict of interest disclosure statement, and those statements are reviewed by the Board. The disclosure statements are presented so that members have the opportunity to view these conflict of interest disclosure statements for candidates running for officer or Board member positions. The existence of a conflict does not necessarily preclude service on the Board, the Executive Committee, or other committees but may require some modification of the individual participation in certain activities. Following is the definition the AAGP Board uses to determine a conflict. For clarification of any of this information, please contact Carrie Stankiewicz at 301/654-7850 x112 or

Definition: A conflict of interest exists when an officer, director, committee, task force or executive staff member has a financial interest in a transaction or arrangement that would prevent that individual from acting in the best interest of the organization. The following situations are considered to be potential conflicts and should be reported: (1) A direct or indirect (e.g., in the name of an immediate family member or any other family member living in the person’s household) financial interest (e.g., present ownership or investment interest in, or a compensation/consulting arrangement with an enterprise with which AAGP has an actual or potential transaction or arrangement). (2) A compensation arrangement with AAGP (e.g., compensation paid by AAGP to director or officer for preparing course material, honorarium, etc.). (3) Membership on the governing body of, or serving as an officer or committee member of another society or association representing professional interests of geriatric psychiatrists. (4) Receipt of a research or similar grant from a commercial entity with which AAGP has an actual or potential transaction or arrangement.


David W. Oslin, MD

Candidate Snapshot

Work Location: Philadelphia VA and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Professional Setting: University Hospital and VA hospital

Special Areas of Interest: Addictions, Administration, Teaching, Primary Care Integration

Source(s) of Livelihood: 100% Academic

I have been an active member of the AAGP since 1992. Simply stated, I believe in the mission of the AAGP to promote the well-being of older people and to care for those with mental disorders. I believe that the AAGP is uniquely qualified to facilitate positive change and to help steer healthcare related economic and policy decisions that affect the well-being of seniors. The AAGP must continue this advocacy role for our members and constituents in the upcoming debates on federal funding, the retirement boom, and the continuing shift in demographics. The AAGP must also continue to advocate for research funding both in the basic science of mental illness and in the implementation and delivery of healthcare to older adults, as well as how funding and policy differentially effect older adults, and in particular older minorities. Finally, the AAGP must continue advocating for education of healthcare professionals at all levels in order to promote excellent care for older adults.

I have had the pleasure of working on many committees and activities within AAGP. I most recently served on the Board of Directors but have also been the Program Committee Chair and served on the program and research committees for many years. Outside of the AAGP, I am a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and have served on national committees within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Presently, as the Chief of Psychiatry at one of the largest VA hospitals, I have a wide breadth of administrative and clinical experience and an understanding of the goal of population based health care. I also have a portfolio of research that not only focuses on addictions across the lifespan but also on improving healthcare delivery for older adults with depression, anxiety or addiction. Much of my research and my advocacy has been focused on bringing together healthcare providers to work collaboratively on improving functional outcomes rather than treating aspects of illness in different silos. Often, older adults face a fragmented system of care that is confusing and likely leads to waste and poor treatment outcomes. We must continue to learn to work across disciplines and across diseases in order to truly become patient-centered in our approach to care.

The nation, healthcare providers, and our seniors face a lot of uncertainty over the next decade. Healthcare financing is radically changing as each day more than 10,000 “boomers” turn 65, and we continue to face state and federal budget uncertainty. We know that the changing social landscape dramatically influences the onset and course of mental illness and the way we deliver care to older adults. AAGP is a critical resource to our profession and to older adults and must continue looking forward to shape the changes that lie ahead. To promote overall well-being of older adults, we must be an organization that promotes patient-centered healthcare including prevention as well as caring for the most frail.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure for David W. Oslin, MD

Dr. Oslin reports that he received an honorarium from AAGP as a speaker at the annual Review Course.

Susan K. Schultz, MD

Candidate Snapshot

Work Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Professional Setting: University-based hospital and outpatient clinics

Special Areas of Interest: Psychosis and behavioral disturbances in dementia, nursing home management of behavior, atypical dementias, neuroimaging, clinical trials

Source(s) of Livelihood: 40% Clinical research (treatment trials, imaging research); 25% Inpatient and outpatient clinical care; 20% Departmental administration; 15% Other (teaching, editorial work, community education)

I am honored to have the opportunity to run for president of the AAGP. I also recognize it is no small task to maintain the momentum and growth of our organization during these uncertain times for our nation’s economy and health care policies. As I reflect on my first experiences attending the annual meeting in the 1990s, it seems like a different era in many ways, but what hasn’t changed is the dedication and commitment that I see among my fellow members. It is this commitment to patient care that sets the AAGP apart from many other professional organizations and I am constantly inspired by my AAGP colleagues.

Over the years I have enjoyed contributing in a variety of ways, I initially served on the Education Committee during the Kennedy Administration (Gary Kennedy!). During that time we launched the first Clinician’s Institute meeting in 2002 to allow concentrated learning experiences for clinician members in a way that paralleled research-focused conferences. Other new initiatives that I’ve led have focused on the trainee pipeline; while serving as Chair of the Research Committee, we began the first “Early Investigator” poster session to allow young researchers a chance to be in the spotlight. This session has now become a very popular feature of the annual meeting. Along the way I have also served on the AAGP Board of Directors, as Program Chair for the 2010 Annual Meeting and most recently as Secretary-Treasurer from 2011 to 2012. Locally in Iowa, I have been with my department for 22 years and most of my faculty clinical service has been on our inpatient geropsychiatry unit. I also currently serve as Vice-Chair for Clinical Translation with an emphasis on integrating our clinical and research programs as well as providing faculty mentorship. Outside of Iowa, I have most recently been involved with the DSM-5 workgroups and text development.

I am keenly aware that many organizations are undergoing major changes in their traditional operations. I recognize that the AAGP had already adapted in substantial ways to accommodate changing times and this resilience is a tremendous strength. What I can offer the organization is my longstanding dedication to the AAGP and a good sense of what matters to our members. I believe that communication with our members will be essential during this time and I will be certain to be responsive if I am honored to serve as President. In addition to maintaining growth as an organization, our challenge over the next decade will be to meet the needs of our aging population in a way that respects their personal goals of care. We know that emotional well-being in late life can be surprisingly independent of medical burden or physical disability. Moreover, traditional clinical trial data cannot solely guide us through the complex decision-making necessary for many conditions such as late-stage dementia when a transition to a palliative approach is needed. We are in an era where policy and patient-oriented care must interact meaningfully so that our patients can experience the type of care that matters most to them. Every day that goes by I realize the overwhelming importance of caring respectfully for our older population; I have faith that our members have the creativity and dedication to meet this challenge.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Susan K. Schultz, MD

Dr. Schultz reports receiving reimbursement for editorial work from the American Psychiatric Association and grant funding from the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study for studies in partnership with Baxter Healthcare and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Melinda S. Lantz, MD

Candidate Snapshot

Work Location: New York, NY

Professional Setting: University-based hospital, long-term care

Special Areas of Interest: Fellowship Training Director, medical student and resident teaching, behavioral therapy

Source(s) of Livelihood: 90% Academic Position; 10% Consulting (Utilization Review, Quality Improvement Program Development)

My vision for the AAGP is to further enhance and develop programs and services that will meet the needs of our diverse membership from trainees to retirees. I have served on the AAGP Board of Directors and the GMHF Board as well. As chair of the Education Committee I developed programs that led to webinars, the Dementia Tool Kit and Maintenance of Certification conferences. I took on the task of editing the third edition of the Geriatric Psychiatry Self-Assessment Program and developing its online sister edition, the iGPSAP. Over the years I have served on many committees including Teaching and Training, CME, Annual Program and Education. My first role in the AAGP many years ago was leading the then Fellow’s program for members-in-training which is now the highly successful Scholar’s Program.

More recently I continue to serve the AAGP by working with others to develop Performance in Practice materials to assist our members in the certification and recertification process. I am currently preparing, with the outstanding assistance of the AAGP staff, to Chair the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. By serving actively on the PAC Board of Directors, I realize how our finances must be utilized wisely to impact the needs of our organization and members in the political sphere. I have sponsored and will continue to sponsor a named GMHF Scholar on behalf of my family.

I am an actively practicing Geriatric Psychiatrist. I direct a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training program and also teach residents and medical students. I see every day how promoting the benefits and value of Geriatric Psychiatrists is an ongoing need that I as an individual and we as an organization must continue. I have worked with the American Geriatrics Society on several of their publications including the Geriatric Review Syllabus, which provides educational materials valuable to all Geriatric providers.

The AAGP is a strong organization. We can grow stronger by seeking new sources of funding, providing more educational products for our members and maintaining public awareness of the great benefits and services that geriatric mental health providers offer. We have a lot to offer and still more to gain. We will grow further together as an organization.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Melinda S. Lantz, MD

Dr. Lantz reports no conflicts to disclose.


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