A Primer for Psychiatrists
The following guidance is offered for the psychiatrists and psychologists who are facing the challenge of treating a very complex patient with an unfamiliar condition, Prader-Willi syndrome. The material here is based on a our clinical experience of inpatient and outpatient crisis intervention with hundreds of cases of persons with PWS of all ages.
This has been prepared by Janice L. Forster, MD and Linda M, Gourash, MD or the Pittsburgh Partnership with their express permission
Janice L. Forster, MD
Dr. Forster is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA who specializes in Developmental Neuropsychiatry. She has had over 25 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. During the ten years that she served as a psychiatric consultant to an inpatient rehabilitation program, she evaluated over 250 individuals with PWS and has managed the severe manifestations of the disorder across all levels of care. She serves as a consultant for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of the USA and the International Prader-Willi Organization. Dr. Forster is co-founder of Pittsburgh Partnership, Specialists in PWS. (ConsultforPWS@aol.com) She has presented by invitation nationally and internationally on the behavioral phenotype of PWS and psychiatric assessment and management of children and adults with the syndrome. Dr. Forster is featured in a DVD produced by the PWSA which has recorded her presentations for more widespread distribution.
Dr. Forster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1977), and she completed her combined Pediatric Internship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry residency through the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1982). She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Linda M. Gourash, MD
Dr. Gourash is a Developmental Pediatrician. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington D.C., and completed her pediatric and subspecialty training at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1980 before serving on the full time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine until 1991 in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. As the Medical Director of the Prader-Willi and Behavioral Disorders Program of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh she worked for more than 5 years almost exclusively with children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome and related disorders who were referred for inpatient crisis intervention for medical and behavioral problems from throughout the USA and Canada. Currently, Dr Gourash serves on the board of directors and as clinical consultant for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of the USA and as speaker and clinical consultant for the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization. She provides consultation and educational programs throughout the US and internationally through Pittsburgh Partnership, Specialists in PWS. (ConsultforPWS@aol.com.) Dr. Gourash is featured in a DVD produced by the PWSA which has recorded her presentations for more widespread distribution. Dr. Gourash has a private practice in Developmental Pediatrics in Pittsburgh, PA.