Keerthan Somanath, M.D.
2020-21, Adult Mood Disorders Clinic
Dr. Keerthan Somanath graduated from University of Texas at Austin with honors, completing a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and minor in Mathematics. He subsequently worked as a software engineer at National Instruments in Austin, Texas, where he developed an interest in neuroscience, and later medicine, after working with one of the company's clients. At UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Somanath graduated with distinction in research after pursuing a one-year Dean’s Research Scholar Fellowship. He went on to complete almost two years of residency in anesthesiology at UT Southwestern, during which he went through a period of soul searching and found psychiatry to be his true calling. He completed his residency training at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where he extensively trained at both UCLA and the West LA VA, and went on to serve as Chief Resident of the UCLA Outpatient Clinics during his fourth year of training. In addition to his clinical duties at UCLA, he provides psychiatric care to underserved patients through a DMH-contracted agency, which has largely influenced his decision to pursue a career that blends both community and academic psychiatry.
In addition to serving as a Max Gray Fellow in the Adult Mood Disorders Clinic, Dr. Somanath plans to begin working for a TMS-focused insurance-based private practice in Los Angeles. He hopes to stay connected with UCLA after his fellowship as Volunteer Clinical Faculty.