Kotwicki Named GPPA Psychiatrist of the Year

Skyland Trail Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer, Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, DFAPA, was named 2019–2020 Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) at an awards luncheon ceremony on February 15, 2020, as part of the GPPA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

The Psychiatrist of the Year Award recognizes a GPPA member who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to psychiatry and has used his or her skills as a psychiatrist in service to the community. The recipient is selected by the GPPA Awards Committee.

Dr. Howard Maziar, a member of the GPPA Awards Committee, states “Dr. Kotwicki is well deserving of this award. His contributions to the field have been extensive. While his clinical, teaching and administrative skills are outstanding, it is his compassion for others that enables these skills to be so effective.”

Beth Finnerty, president and CEO of Skyland Trail, with Dr. Raymond J. Kotwicki, Charles B West Chief Medical Officer
Beth Finnerty, President and CEO, with Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer

In his role as Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, Dr. Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization. Dr. Kotwicki trained as a Department of Energy Fellow and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory University, where he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory University School of Medicine as well as the Rollins School of Public Health.

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