Interventional Psychiatry Service

Walter Dunn, MD, PhD
Tue PM

The Interventional Psychiatry Service is a newly established clinical and research service which will primarily provide Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment to veterans with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). We will also offer off-label treatment for conditions supported by the literature including tinnitus, auditory hallucinations, PTSD, etc. In addition to learning the theoretical basis and evidence base for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), residents will receive hands-on experience in delivering treatment with different types of TMS systems. This clinic will also conduct research studies of novel TMS applications for psychiatric and neurological disorders. We are partnering with the UCLA Neuromodulation Service to offer residents the opportunity to rotate at our “partner” UCLA site to gain broader exposure to different patient populations and TMS practices. Rotation at UCLA is optional.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Residents will learn about the theoretical basis for TMS and the evidence-based supporting FDA-approved indications and off-label uses of TMS.
  2. Residents will develop hands-on proficiency in operating TMS systems from multiple manufacturers.
  3. Residents will have the opportunity to help facilitate the introduction of Ketamine infusions to the VA as a novel intervention for treatment-resistant depression. Residents will learn about regulatory, safety, and logistical issues involved in establishing a new treatment within the VA healthcare system.