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Dr. Karen Rhea Named Chief Medical Officer at Centerstone

Rhea Also Elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association



Karen RheaNashville, Tenn.
—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, announced the appointment of Karen Rhea, MD, to the newly created title of Chief Medical Officer. Rhea previously served as Vice President for Medical Services. The title was created to better reflect Rhea’s principal medical role in the organization.

As Chief Medical Officer, Rhea oversees Centerstone’s medical services staff and ensures that Centerstone’s psychiatric services are effectively integrated within all of the organization’s programs throughout Middle Tennessee. Rhea also plays a key role in Centerstone’s ongoing research projects regarding psychopharmacology and other behavioral health care treatments for mental illness and substance use disorders. Additionally, she serves as the physician executive responsible for coordinating integrated efforts to meet patients’ physical and mental health needs.

“Karen is a respected, compassionate and committed leader at Centerstone, and I am happy to name her as our new Chief Medical Officer,”” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “As a triple board-certified physician – general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatric medicine – Karen brings tremendous experience and insight to Centerstone. She possesses a unique understanding of the important link between mental and physical health care. She is an important voice in psychiatry locally and nationally, a fact that has been underscored by her recent election as a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.”

Rhea was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in December 2008. Fellow is an honorary designation that was created to recognize APA members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the ongoing work of the APA. Fellows are approved by the APA Membership Committee and Board of Trustees.

Board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychiatry, and pediatrics, Rhea received her AB in biology magna cum laude from King College in Bristol, Tenn. She completed graduate work in zoology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her MD with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rhea completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was a founding partner in the Franklin Children’s Clinic in Franklin, Tennessee, where she practiced pediatrics for seven years. Rhea then completed her residency and fellowship in training in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She joined Centerstone as Vice President of Medical Services in 2002.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 69,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults,
seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in more than 120 facilities and 150 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 888-291-4357.

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