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Woods Services names new chief of psychiatry

Dr. Sailaja Musunuri started her position on Nov. 1

Woods Services, 40 Martin Gross Dr. in Langhorne, announced Sailaja Musunuri, M.D., as executive vice president of integrative medicine and chief of psychiatry. She started her position with the nonprofit organization, which serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries, on Nov. 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Musunuri to Woods Services, where she will lead the Integrative Medicine Program across Woods’ system of care in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and supervise and oversee psychiatry services provided to individuals served by Woods and our Pennsylvania affiliates,” said Woods president and CEO Tine Hansen-Turton. “Dr. Musunuri is an experienced and compassionate physician and psychiatrist.

“She is double board-certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, skilled in delivering quality medical and psychiatric care, conducting research and teaching at the medical school level. She brings to Woods her expertise in leading an integrated healthcare model, guiding effective outcome-driven teams, developing solid funder relationships, and managing medications with an emphasis on improving quality of care.”

Woods is organized around the principles of population health management and addresses the social determinants of health through a comprehensive continuum and system of care that connects prevention, wellness, education, behavioral health, and social services with coordinated and integrated healthcare delivery. The Medical Center at Woods serves as a national model for providing comprehensive, coordinated personalized care for people with complex diagnoses and medical conditions. Woods’ integrated healthcare approach optimizes outcomes for individuals and reduces healthcare costs.

In her role at Woods, Musunuri will lead and oversee integrative healthcare both at Woods and across its system of care in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her responsibilities include maintaining a caseload of patients needing psychiatric services, managing and approving psychotropic and related medications, creating new and innovative programs and services, bolstering current clinical models and modalities, conducting medication reviews, and developing strong relationships with funders and managed care organizations to ensure compliance and programmatic integrity.

“We are truly excited to have Dr. Musunuri return to Woods, where she started her career in 2001, completing a two-year medical internship with our highly regarded psychiatrist Dr. Mark Reber, while studying at Drexel,” said Hansen-Turton. “Dr. Musunuri has also worked for several of our peer organizations, most recently as the medical director for Devereux Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services, where she worked for 18 years.”

Musunuri received her M.D. from Siddhartha Medical College at Nagarjuna University in Vijayawada, India. She completed residences in adult psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She also held a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Drexel. She resides in Chester Springs.

“We are grateful to Dr. Musunuri for choosing to continue her career at Woods,” said Hansen-Turton.

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