The Second Pandemic: Mental health in the time of Covid-19
Jan 19, 2021 11:45 AM
Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Chief Med Officer, Skyland Trail
The Second Pandemic: Mental health in the time of Covid-19

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Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit residential and day treatment facility for adolescents and adults with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia.  In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.

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 an adjunct associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. 

Over his career, Kotwicki has presented over 250 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to tens of 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 Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He 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.  Kotwicki is a Trustee of the Lovett School, and he is Past President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. He was elected a member of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2020.

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 Lily’s “Heroes in the 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 Georgia’s “Psychiatrist of the Year” in 2020.