Karl I. Lanocha, MD – Course Chair

Dr. Lanocha has more than 25 years of experience in neuromodulation therapies for treatment-resistant depression, including both TMS and ECT. He was among the first physicians in the country to begin offering TMS when it was approved by the FDA in 2008. He has lectured widely about TMS. His research activities have focused on long-term clinical outcomes following TMS treatment for major depression. Dr. Lanocha co-edited and contributed to “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice,” which was published by the APA with key research findings on TMS.

Scott T. Aaronson, MD

Dr. Aaronson is director of clinical research programs, director of TMS services, and chair of the medical executive committee at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in treatment-resistant affective disorders and is principal investigator for multiple studies on the development of novel therapies and various neurostimulation paradigms for mood and anxiety disorders.

Richard A. Bermudes, MD

Dr. Bermudes is Medical Director at TMS Health Solutions. He is the former president and a current board member of the Clinical TMS Society, a professional association dedicated to optimizing clinical practice, awareness, and affordability of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. He has consulted with TMS industry leaders to help formulate insurance coverage policies for TMS therapy. He is editor of and contributor to “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice”.

Ian A. Cook, MD

Dr. Cook is Professor Emeritus at UCLA. He was Founding Director of the UCLA TMS Treatment Service and the Depression Research and Clinic Program at the Semel Institute. He is a Board Member of the Clinical TMS Society.

Mark A. Demitrack, MD

Dr. Demitrack has extensive experience in the treatment of mood disorders. His research has focused on using TMS for treatment-resistant depression. He has written extensively on the neuroendocrinology of mood disorders.

Jonathan Downar, MD

Dr Jonathan Downar serves as the Co-Director of the MRI-Guided rTMS Clinic at University Health Network, and also holds the position of Scientist at the Toronto Western Research Institute. He completed a BSc in biology at McGill University, followed by a PhD in neuroimaging at the University of Toronto with Dr. Karen Davis, before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2005. He then returned to Toronto for his psychiatry residency training, during which he also completed a research fellowship in neuroeconomics with Dr. Read Montague at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Downar joined the Department of Psychiatry at UHN on completion of his residency in 2010. Shortly thereafter, he established the MRI-Guided rTMS Clinic. As of October, 2015, the clinic has received over 1600 community referrals and delivered over 20,000 sessions of stimulation.

Philip G. Janicak, MD

Previously at Rush University, Dr. Janicak is Consultant to the Therapeutic Neuromodulation Center at Northwestern University. He has long been regarded as a leading expert in psychopharmacology and neuromodulation, including both TMS and ECT. He has written extensively on the long-term safety and efficacy of TMS in treatment resistant-depression, including the pivotal study leading to FDA approval of TMS. Dr. Janicack also co-edited and contributed to “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice."

Nolan Williams, MD

Dr. Williams is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, where his research program is focused on the development of new therapeutic approaches for treatment-resistant depression. He has been an investigator in several clinical trials of novel treatments, including intravenous ketamine and epidural cortical stimulation. Dr. Williams has been recently funded to complete several studies investigating the functional neuroanatomy of mood disorders with advanced imaging techniques. He is currently developing new forms of rTMS treatments such as accelerated theta-burst stimulation as well as biomarkers to measure the changes induced by rTMS such as resting-state functional connectivity MRI.

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