The UCLA TMS Clinical and Research Service

Treatment with TMS at UCLA is administered by the TMS Treatment Service. Our physicians are Board-Certified Psychiatrists and full-time professors of Psychiatry at UCLA, each with years of experience in the treatment of depression and other complex mood disorders and with specific training in neuromodulation techniques. We are ably assisted by other members of our treatment team, who come from diverse backgrounds including nursing and psychology. Our team at UCLA was the first service within the University of California system to offer TMS treatment to patients.

Individuals who are seeking care with TMS at UCLA are initially evaluated by one of the physicians on our team, Drs. Leuchter, Krantz, Levitt, or Heiser. The objective of this consultation is to get to know a prospective individual patient's clinical situation, how their mood disorder has impacted their life, what treatments may have been tried before (and what the outcomes were), and any medical issues that may bear on the safe administration of TMS. We seek to ensure the highest quality of care for individuals with depression, whether that means treatment with TMS or whether we may recommend some other alternative.

All treatment planning and stimulation sessions are conducted by our Psychiatrists.

Treatments are administered in our state-of-the-art Neuromodulation Suite in the Semel Institute (Neuropsychiatric Institute) Building, 760 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, on the UCLA Campus (map, directions). For TMS treatments in depression, we employ an FDA-approved system for therapeutic TMS, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System (Neuronetics, Inc., Malvern PA).

Andrew Leuchter, M.D.

Andrew F. Leuchter, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, Director of the Neuromodulation Division, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Leuchter earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1986.

An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of mood disorders, Dr. Leuchter’s research focuses on the enhancement of treatment outcomes in depression. He directs the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service in the Division, which performs more than 2,500 treatments each year for patients with depression, pain, and other neuropsychiatric illness. He is leading clinical trials to develop novel neuromodulation technologies for treatment of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS) and Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (TNS). He uses brain-imaging techniques, such as quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET), to examine brain function and predict which treatments are most likely to benefit individual patients. Dr. Leuchter’s research program combines clinical trials with neurophysiologic and brain-imaging studies to inform clinical practice in the treatment of depression. As a Board certified electroencephalographer, he has unique expertise in development of biomarkers and has shown that brain oscillation patterns can be used to determine highly beneficial and individualized treatment.

Dr. Leuchter is a Diplomat of the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology and a Diplomat in Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Electrophysiology Association, and the American Medical EEG Association. He has authored over 150 scientific articles on topics including neuromodulation for the treatment of depression, biomarkers to guide treatment of neuropsychiatric illness, and theories of antidepressant action. He also maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in consultation for and care of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression.

For more information on Dr. Leuchter, please visit: www.andrewleuchter.com

Ian A. Cook, M.D.

Ian A. Cook, M.D. is Director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program and started the UCLA TMS program in 2009. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine, and of Bioengineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was the inaugural recipient of the Joanne and George Miller and Family Chair in Depression Research at UCLA, where he continues as a Research Scientist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Brain Research Institute.

Dr. Cook received his bachelors degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency training at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he was an NIMH-funded research fellow before joining the UCLA faculty in 1995.

Dr. Cook was elected to the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society in 2013, the year it was founded. Previously, he served for many years on the Executive Committee on Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, leading their work in electronic dissemination of evidence-based guidelines in psychiatry. A board-certified Psychiatrist, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His biography is profiled in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He is the author of numerous publications on brain function in mental illness and in aging, and is an inventor on over 20 issued patents on biomedical devices and methods, including novel neuromodulation systems.

You can follow him on Twitter (@MoodResearch) or visit www.IanCook.com for more information.

David Krantz, M.D., Ph.D.

David Krantz is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

An undergraduate at Brown University, he completed an MD/PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCLA in 1991, where he performed his dissertation on Drosophila eye development with Larry Zipursky. After a residency in psychiatry at UCLA, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellowship for Physicians to investigate the regulation of vesicular neurotransmitter transporters in Robert Edwards' laboratory at UCSF.

He returned to UCLA in 2000, and is currently using Drosophila to study how changes in the function of neurotransmitter transporters may influence synaptic transmission and behavior.

UCLA Committees:

  • Neuroscience IDP Dissertation Committee (2002-ongoing; Chair, 2005-ongoing)
  • Neuroscience IDP Vice Chair (2007-2010)
  • Psychiatry Residency Research Track Oversight Committee (2003-ongoing; Chair, 2006-ongoing)
  • Medical Scientist Training Program Admissions Committee (2002-2007)
  • Neuroscience Seminar Speaker Selection Committee (2003-2013)

Jennifer G. Levitt, M.D.

Medical Board Certifications:

Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1993

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1994

Fellowship:

Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1990-1991

Residency:

Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1987-1990

Child Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, 1991-1993

Internship:

Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 1986-1987

Degree:

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, MD, 1986

Michael Minzenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Board Certifications:

Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2002, 2012

Residency:

Psychiatry, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, 1996-1999

Internship:

Psychiatry, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, 1995-1996

Degree:

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, MD, 1995

Staff

Name

Role

Joel Diaz TMS Coordinator, TMS Technician
Michelle Abrams, RN Nurse
Nikita Vince-Cruz Technician
Carly Johnson TMS Technician
Brian Kobayashi TMS Technician
Thien Nghiem TMS Technician
Alex M. Podobas Application Developer/Information Security Lead