James R. Varrell, M.D.

james-varrellPresident and Medical Director

James R. Varrell, M.D. is the founder and Medical Director of the CFG Health Network and InSight. Dr. Varrell is American Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and certified in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specialty in autism. Dr. Varrell has been at the forefront of telepsychiatry across the nation and continues to educate the medical community regarding the benefits of telepsychiatry through various presentations and forums as a panelist and presenter. Recent presentations have included engagements with the American Psychiatric Association, the National Rural Health Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and multiple Grand Rounds presentations. Dr. Varrell preformed the nation’s first involuntary psychiatric commitment via a televideo unit in 1999. Today, Dr. Varrell still regularly performs telepsychiatry evaluations and manages a staff of telepsychiatrists who see and treat patients in twenty-two states.

National Engagements

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 63rd Annual Meeting

Legal and Regulatory Realities of Telepsychiatry

New York, NY

October 28, 2016

Co-Presenter: Geoffrey Boyce

Audience: Child and adolescent psychiatrists

OPEN MINDS Webinar

Best Practices in Telepsychiatry

Webinar

February 25, 2014

Co-Presenter: Geoffrey Boyce

Audience: 400+ Hospital and Behavioral Health Care Executives, Physicians

National Rural Health Association and Critical Access Hospital Association Annual Meeting 

Integrating Behavioral Healthcare in Rural Areas Using Telemedicine

Louisville, KY

May 9, 2013

Co-Presenters: Geoffrey Boyce and Jeanine Miles

Audience: Hospital and Behavioral Health Care Executives, Physicians

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

American Telemedicine Association Fall Forum

Exploring the Virtual Frontier: Applying Telemedicine to All Levels of the BH Continuum

New Orleans, LA

September 11, 2012

Co- Presenters: Geoffrey Boyce and Jeanine Miles

Audience: Telemedicine Leaders, Healthcare Executives

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

Diamond Healthcare’s “Patients in Crisis” Conference

Crisis Telepsychiatry in the ED

Richmond, VA

October 2012

Audience: Hospital and Behavioral Health Care Executives, Physicians

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

Success Stories in Telepsychiatry Symposium

May 9, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Co-Presenters: Dr. Keith Henry Penska, Dr. Sonya Lazarevic, Dr. Janet B. Williams, and Dr. Steven Hyler

Audience: American Psychiatric Association Members

CME Credit

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference

Telepsychiatry

May 19-24, 2007

San Diego, CA

Audience: American Psychiatric Association Members

CME Credit

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds at Hershey Medical Center

Clinical Lessons Learned in Telepsychiatry

Hershey, PA

June 6, 2013

Audience: PGY-3 and PGY-4 medical school students

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Grand Rounds at George Washington Medical Center

Clinical Lessons Learned in Telepsychiatry

Washington, DC

March 21, 2013

Co-Presenter: Geoffrey Boyce, Dr. Jenny Yi

Audience: Medical Residents and Staff

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Grand Rounds at Chester County Hospital

Teen Suicide and Depression

Chester County, PA

June 26, 2012

Attendees: Medical Residents

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Regional, State and Local Meetings

Metropolitan Chicago Hospital Association

Telepsychiatry in the Emergency Department and Beyond

Chicago, IL

March 18, 2014

Co-Presenters: Dr. Michael Wahl and Scott Baker

CME Credit

Audience: Mental health leaders, social workers, nurses

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations Webinar Series

Best Practices for Telepsychiatry in Tennessee

Online

March 14, 2014

Co-Presenter: Chad Morris

Audience: Healthcare organization leadership

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Michigan Primary Care Association Behavioral Health Integration Conference

Telemedicine: The Conduit to Behavioral Health Integration

Grand Rapids, MI

November 20, 2013

Audience: Clinical and Operational Primary Care Leaders

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

Metropolitan Chicago Hospital Association’s CMO Forum

Hospital-Based Telepsychiatry

Chicago, IL

November 7, 2013

Co-Presenters: Scott Baker and Rob Humrickhouse

Audience: Hospital CMOs and other executives

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

NC TIDE (Training, Instruction, Development and Education) Annual Conference

Telemedicine: The Conduit to Behavioral Health Integration

Asheville, NC

November 6, 2013

Audience: Public health, telemedicine, hospital and community health leaders

CME Credit

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

NC TIDE (Training, Instruction, Development and Education) Annual Conference

Adopting Telepsychiatry: Cultivating Consumer and Community Buy-In

Asheville, NC

November 5, 2013

Audience: Public health, telemedicine, hospital and community health leaders

CME Credit

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

Adopting Telepsychiatry: Cultivating Consumer and Community Buy-In

Lansing , MI

Oct 21, 2013

Audience: Community Providers

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

Community-Wide Telepsychiatry Informational Meeting

Presenting Telepsychiatry

Bethesda, Ohio

June 29, 2012

Co-Presenters: Thomas Perrone

Attendees: insurance payors, Medicare representatives and community-based behavioral health service leaders

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Delaware Rural Health Initiative Annual Conference

Using Telepsychiatry to Improve Care in Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, DE

May 30, 2012

Co-Presenters: Secretary of Health and Human Services of DE, Rita Landgraff

Audience: Public health, hospital and community behavioral health leaders

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present

Pennsylvania Community Provider Association Technology Conference

Telepsychiatry, Past, Present, and Future: Increasing Access to Care and Improving Behavioral Health Integration Within New Settings

Lancaster, PA

March 16, 2012

Co-Presenter: John Thomas, Director of NHS Human Services

Audience: Community Providers

  • Presentation abstract was submitted and accepted

Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Summit

Telemental Health Panel

March 15, 2012

Charlottesville, VA

Audience: Public health, telemedicine, hospital and community health leaders

  • Dr. Varrell was asked to present