Dr. Ray Kotwicki is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, nonprofit residential and day treatment organization for adults and adolescents with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.
Additionally, Dr. Kotwicki is a nationally known speaker on current issues in psychiatry, mental health, professionalism, and wellness.
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.
Kotwicki has presented more than 250 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to thousands of attendees. He regularly appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing issues related to mental health and integrated medical care.
Kotwicki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Past President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association. He was conferred as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2019. Kotwicki was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program for three years. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Lovett School and was elected to the American College of Psychiatrists in 2019.
Throughout his career, Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s “Golden Apple” Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Mental Health America and Eli Lilly’s “Heroes in Fight” Clinical Team Award, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Kotwicki received the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University’s “Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award” in 2017 and was named 2019–2020 Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA).
On Our Blog: Dr. Kotwicki
- The Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness
- Crucial Conversations: Discussion Suicide and Mental Health
- The Importance of Evidence-based Mental Health Treatment
In the News: Dr. Kotwicki
- Kotwicki Named GPPA Psychiatrist of the Year
- Dr. Ray Kotwicki Conferred as APA Distinguished Fellow
- Kotwicki Receives the Emory Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Achievement Alumni Award
- Skyland Trail Announces the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer Endowed Position in Honor of Founding Board Chair