Princeton ACS Section Dinner Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2013
our guest speaker will be
Michael J. Rushnak, M.D., M.P.H.
Consultant and Author
“Untreated Mental Illness And Its Implications Upon Society”
Social mixer: 5:30 pm in CaFe, Taylor Commons
Presentation: 6:30 pm in Taylor Commons, room A57
Dinner: Immediately following, in CaFe
The presentation will focus on mental illness with particular emphasis on the following:
• High prevalence of mental illness
• Current state of the mental health “system”
• Specific mental illness, separating neuroses from psychoses
• Missing the “red flags” and warning signs of mental illness
• Disparity of mental illness vs physical illness from an insurance perspective
• Consequences of un-diagnosed an un-treated mental illness upon society.
In addition to being a national speaker on major issues affecting healthcare in America and an ardent advocate for comprehensive healthcare reform, Dr Rushnak is the author of three medical mystery thriller novels that explore life and death issues in the healthcare arena. He has provided healthcare leadership for over thirty-seven years while serving in senior management positions in a broad spectrum of companies including Medimmune, Caremark, Advance PCS, and Horizon Blue Cross-Blue Shield New Jersey. He was in the private practice of medicine from 1979 to 1992 when he founded New Jersey Health Care Think Tank. He also worked as manager for physician research and analysis at the New Jersey Department of Health from 1992-93.
Since April 2012, he has been a consultant for the Health Payer Council providing managed care expertise. From June 2008 to April 2012 he served as Senior Director, Research Institute for the National Association for Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP), Glen Allen, Virginia. This organization provides clinical managed care and pharmaceutical expertise in collaborating on research projects with managed care and pharmaceutical companies.
In 1974 Dr. Rushak received his MD degree from the Rutgers Medical School (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is Board Certified in Gastroenterology (1979) and Internal Medicine (1978). In 1998 he received a M.P.H. Degree in HealthCare Organization and Administration from the Rutgers School of Public Health.
The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. The social mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the CaFe area of Taylor Commons. The lecture will be held in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area). Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road or other lots along Ivy Lane (see www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/ for other parking options). The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for dinner, which is $20 ($10 for students). Please contact Louise Lawter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-428-1475 by January 11 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than January 16 to avoid being billed for the dinner.