Psychiatric/Neurosurgical treatments for depression Dr. Michael C. Park & Dr. Rif El-Mallakh

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Tonight’s guests are Drs. Michael Park and Rif El-Mallakh.

Dr Rif Elmalach -     

Dr. Rif El-Mallakh received his MS in biology and his MD degrees from the University of Illinois. He completed a medical internship and one year of a neurology residency before completing an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Mallakh received his board certification in psychiatry in 1990. He spent three years as a clinical research fellow with the late Dr. Richard Wyatt’s Neuropsychiatry Branch Laboratory at the NIMH. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville in 1992. For the last 20 years he has focused his research on the pathophysiology of bipolar illness and has performed basic work regarding ion dysregulation and development of an animal model in this disorder. His clinical research has focused on lithium, bipolar depression, and the deleterious consequences of antidepressants in the management of bipolar illness. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and two books. He has been funded by NARSAD, NIMH, and the pharmaceutical industry, has served as reviewer for both NIMH and the Canadian Research Council as well as reviewer for several psychiatric publications and smaller granting agencies. He has received over 24 awards, including the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator from the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association and multiple Golden Apple teaching awards from the U of L.

Questions for Dr. Frager:

  1. What is electro stimulation in the treatment of psychiatric problems?
  2. What type of psychiatric conditions may respond to electro stimulation?
  3. What types of electro stimulation are there for treatment of psychiatric conditions?
  4. How safe are these treatments?
  5. How effective are these treatments?
  6. How expensive are these treatments?
  7. How available are these treatments?

Dr. Michael C. Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine and is the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Pain.

Questions for Dr. Frager:

  1. What is deep brain stimulation?
  2. What are some of the medical conditions treated with deep brain stimulation?
  3. How is the stimulator placed?  Can you explain about the surgical procedure?  Response can be short or long, depending on the time.
  4. What are some of the newer indications for deep brain stimulation?
  5. What are some of the advantages of deep brain stimulation?

Related Links:

 Bipolar Disorder  (a galaxy of useful links at MedlinePlus)

Deep Brain Stimulation  (Wiki article)

Electroconvulsvive therapy  (Wiki article)

University of Louisville Depression Center


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