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Maui psychiatrist receives disaster psychiatry award

Dr. Leslie Hartley Gise (right) volunteers at the UH-Maui College vaccination clinic. She was recently honored with the American Psychiatric Association’s Bruno Lima Award for Disaster Psychiatry. — Photo courtesy LESLIE HARTLEY GISE

Dr. Leslie Hartley Gise was recently honored with the Bruno Lima Award for Disaster Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.

Gise is currently volunteering at the University of Hawaii Maui College vaccination clinic and is providing medical backup for contact tracers and case investigators. She is a longtime member of the Medical Reserve Corps and Maui County Health Volunteers and is the mental health lead for the Maui branch of the Honolulu chapter of the American Red Cross.

Gise is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UH-Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and is on the staff of Maui Memorial Medical Center.

She deployed to help during Hurricane Katrina and the lava disaster on Hawaii island. She was mentored in first aid from the age of 10 by her orthopedic surgeon father and became interested in disaster preparedness and response after 9/11.

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