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Merilee Kern As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at
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Prakash Masand, M.D. Prakash Masand, M.D., is Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE). He is also the Founder and CEO of Global Medical Education (GME) and serves as Adjunct Professor at the Academic Medicine Education Institute, Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS). He was also the Chief Scientific Officer at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research. He was also Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He previously served as Director of Therapeutic Area Development, Neurosciences Medicine at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Masand was also the Founder of psychCME, Inc., a leading program for continuing medical education in the United States, which was acquired by OPTUMHealth, a division of United Health Group, in 2006. Dr. Masand’s clinical research interests include psychopharmacology, novel antipsychotics, psychiatric disorders in the medically ill, treatmentresistant depression, irritable bowel syndrome and its relationship to psychiatric illness, and the use of psychostimulants in the medically ill.
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The author of more than 400 peer reviewed articles, reviews, abstracts, and book chapters, Dr. Masand’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Masand serves on the editorial boards of the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Current Clinical Pharmacology, and The Open Pharmacology Journal. He is also a reviewer for several journals and a frequent speaker at national and international medical meetings. Dr. Masand received his medical degree from the Topiwala National Medical College at the University of Bombay in India. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. Dr. Masand was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Academician of the Year Award, from the Indo American Psychiatric Association.