Program Office
405 Promenade Street, Suite A
Providence RI 02908-4811 
401-443-2383
Fax 401-273-4001


Kathleen Boyd, MSW, LICSW
Director, Physician Health Program
kboyd@rimed.org 

Sue Silvia 
Program Administrator, Physician Health Program
ssilvia@rimed.org

The Rhode Island Medical Society’s Physician Health Program has helped hundreds of physicians, dentists, podiatrists and physician assistants address personal health issues that can sometimes compromise professional performance. As a peer review body, the Physician Health Program and its Committee have 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 Physician Health Program 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

Founded in 1978, the Physician Health Committee is a standing peer review committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society. The Committee provides ongoing oversight to program staff responding to physician health issues, such as medical illnesses (for example, neurological disorders), substance use and psychiatric disorders, as well as coping with stress and burnout.  We also evaluate for possible underlying health issues which may be contributing to identified disruptive or ethical behaviors.


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 Dental Association
  • RI Orthopedic Society
  • RI Podiatric Medical Association
  • RI Psychiatric Society
  • RI Society of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Other physician groups 

  • Coastal Medical Group
  • RI Primary Care PC
  • University Emergency Medical Foundation 
  • University Medical Foundation
  • University Orthopedics
  • University Surgical Associates
  • Every hospital medical staff association in RI




In addition, the Physician Health Program’s director and Committee Chairperson serve in an advisory capacity to the Student Health Council of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The Student Health Council, which is supported by the RIMS Foundation, advocates for students seeking help and works in a confidential and effective manner.

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About the Physician Health Program

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

Hospitals

  • Lifespan
  • Care New England
  • Every hospital administration in RI

Other

  • Amica Companies Foundation
  • RIMS Insurance Brokerage Corporation
  • Many individual donors

Martin Kerzer, DO                      RI Society of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Margaret Klitzke, DO                  Bradley Hospital
Robert Lev, MD                          Roger Williams Medical Center
Sheldon Lidofsky, MD                Rhode Island Hospital
Laura McPeake, MD                  University Emergency Medical Foundation
Drew Nagle, MD                         Lifespan/University Medical Group
David Pearson, MD                    Butler Hospital
Herbert Rakatansky, MD            The Miriam Hospital (retired)
Katherine Scovner, MD               Resident Representative
David Stoll, MD                           Landmark Medical Center
Page Widick, MD                         Resident Representative

Patricia Wold, MD                       Private Practice (Psychiatrist) 

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Physician Health Committee Members

Brian Albano, DPM                            RI Podiatric Medical Association
Derek Andelloux, MD                        South County Hospital
Robert E. Bartro, DDS                       RI Dental Association
Nicholas Califano, MD                       Rhode Island Hospital (retired)
Robert Champagne, DMD                 RI Dental Association
Raymond Cord, PA-C                        RI Academy of Physician Assistants
Anne Cushing-Brescia, MD               Coastal Medical
Suzanne De La Monte, MD, MPH     Rhode Island Hospital
Joe England, MD                               Newport Hospital
Maureen Harkavy, DO                       St. Joseph Health Services
Robert Harrison, MD                          Westerly Hospital

Petro Karanasias, MD                       The Miriam Hospital
Steve Karlin, MD                              Community Mental Health

Program Office and Staff