The Vermont Medical Society is pleased to announce, effective as of July 1, 2019, Joseph Lasek, MD, assumed the Medical Director role of the Vermont Practitioner Health Program (VPHP). Joe Lasek, MD is a board certified psychiatrist. He received his M.D. from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse New York and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has served as a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director for Adult Services at Howard Center since 2005. During that time, he has also held appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor for the UVM College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University/ Northern Vermont University in their Clinical Mental Health Master’s program. While his primary clinical practice is in Adult Services at Howard Center, he has worked in many community mental health, correctional and inpatient psychiatric settings over the course of his career.
Since 1999, the Vermont Medical Society has held the contract with the Vermont Board of Medical Practice to run the Vermont Practitioner Health Program. VPHP traditionally has assisted Board licensees (MDs, PAs, Podiatrists, AAs and RAs) dealing with impairment or risk of impairment due to excessive use of drugs, including alcohol. In 2017, Gov. Phil Scott signed Act 39, which expanded VPHP’s scope to address issues caused by any factor that interferes with cognition, judgment or behavior, including behavioral health matters, organic causes of cognitive impairment, and cognitive deficits associated with the aging process. Anyone seeking more information about the VPHP program can also call the confidential phone number: 802-223-0400 or visit http://www.vtmd.org/education/practitioner-health