NCCHC Board Welcomes Three New Members

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Posted Nov 11, 2016

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care welcomes Wendi Wills El-Amin, MD, Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, MD, and Johnny Wu, MD, CCHP, to its board of directors.

Dr. El-Amin serves as the liaison of the National Medical Association and replaces Carl C. Bell, MD, CCHP, who retired from the board after 33 years of service. Dr. Lowenhaupt serves as the liaison of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and replaces Joseph Penn, MD, CCHP, who remains on the board as the liaison of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Wu serves as the liaison for the American College of Physicians and replaces Renee Kanan, MD, MPH, who retired from the board after 11 years of service.

Wendi Wills El-Amin, MDDr. El-Amin’s career has focused on correctional health care, health disparities and primary care. She is associate professor of family medicine and associate professor of medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Previously, she held a number of appointments at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and served as physician at the Fluvanna County (VA) Correctional Facility for Women. She has widely lectured and written on the provision of health services in corrections.

Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, MDDr. Lowenhaupt serves as medical director at the Rhode Island Training School, the state’s only juvenile justice facility. There, she provides direct psychiatric assessments and treatment to incarcerated adolescents and oversees all medical, dental, psychiatric, sexual offender and substance abuse services. She also is assistant professor (clinical) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.

Johnny Wu, MD, CCHPDr. Wu has been an NCCHC physician surveyor since 2012 and is the director of medical services for UConn Health Center's Correctional Managed Health Care program. The program delivers comprehensive managed health care to state inmates and provides medical, mental health, dental and ancillary services in all 17 correctional facilities across the state. Prior to joining CMHC, he served as regional medical director for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s University Correctional Health Care program. 

All three appointments took effect Oct. 23 during the NCCHC board meeting.

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