Rhode Island Medical Society



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Common Warning Signs

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Physician Health Program

Founded in 1978, the Physician Health Committee is a standing peer review committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society. It serves the professional communities of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, and physician assistants in Rhode Island.

Program Office
Kathleen Boyd, MSW, LICSW
Director, Physician Health Program
Rhode Island Medical Society
Fax 401-273-4001

New address effective
October 6, 2015

405 Promenade Street, Suite A
Providence RI 02908-4811
New 401-443-2383

Sue Silvia
Program Administrator,
Physician Health Program

Physician Health Committee
Herbert Rakatansky, MD, Chair
Martin Kerzer, DO, Vice-Chair
David Stoll, MD, Vice-Chair
Brian Albano, DPM
Derek Andelloux, MD
Robert Bartro, DDS
Nicholas Califano, MD
Robert Champagne, DMD
Raymond Cord, PA-C
Anne Cushing-Brescia, MD
Suzanna DeLaMonte, MD 
Joseph England, MD
Maureen Harkavy, DO
Robert Harrison, MD
Petro Karanasias, MD
Steve Karlin, MD 
Margaret Klitzke, DO
Robert Lev, MD
Sheldon Lidofsky, MD
Laura McPeake, MD
Drew Nagle, MD
David Pearson, MD 
Katherine Scovner, MD
Page Widick, MD
Patricia Wold, MD

Concerned about the well-being of a doctor?

The Rhode Island Medical Society offers confidential and effective help for troubled physicians.

The Physician Health Committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society has helped hundreds of physicians, dentists, podiatrists and physician assistants address personal problems that can compromise professional performance. It is a medical peer review committee maintained voluntarily by the Rhode Island Medical Society since 1978. As a peer review body, the Committee enjoys the strong protection of both Rhode Island and federal law for the confidentiality of its work.

Common Warning Signs

The presence of the following signs can identify an individual whose health or performance may be impaired. Even if you are not certain a problem exists, it is important to contact the Physicians’ Health Committee for assistance.

Attitude/Behavior Changes
• Rapidly turns from compassionate and caring to abrupt/caustic
• Withdraws from friends and activities
• Becomes mistrusting, anxious, depressed, irritable

Physical Changes
• Loss of appetite or reduced level of exercise
• Looks tired; admits to insomnia
• Personal hygiene deteriorates
• Physical problems are self-treated

Performance Changes
• Misses appointments
• Makes rounds at unusual hours
• Can’t be reached when on call
• Sloppy charting
• Smell of alcohol on breath during the day

Relationship Changes
• Family communication deteriorates
• Frequent arguments, spouse blamed
• Occurrence of spouse, child abuse
• Children may exhibit poor school performance
• Jealousy, infidelity leading to separation, divorce

Support and Donors

The Physician Health Program is supported by a fund within the Rhode Island Medical Society Foundation which receives annual support from the following sources:

Professional associations
American College of Surgeons, RI Chapter
RI Academy of Physician Assistants
RI Dental Association
RI Podiatric Medical Association
RI Psychiatric Society
RI Society of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Other physician groups
Coastal Medical Group
Providence Anesthesiologists, Inc.
RI Primary Care PC
University Emergency Medical Foundation
University Medical Foundation
University Orthopedics
University Surgical Associates
Every hospital medical staff association in RI

Liability insurers
The Coverys Companies
NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company
Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association of RI

Health insurers
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI
United Healthcare of New England
Tufts Health Plan

Care New England
Every hospital administration in RI

Amica Companies Foundation
Rhode Island Medical Society Insurance Brokerage Corporation
Many individual donors

Updated 7/7/16

Promenade Street Providence RI