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September 2, 2014

Welcome Suzanne Kerns, M.D.

We are pleased to introduce Suzanne Kerns, M.D., who joined  SeattleNTC in August 2014.   Dr. Kerns completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by psychiatry residency at Duke University.  Dr. Kerns subsequently completed a Fellowship in Brain Stimulation at Medical University of South Carolina under the guidance of Mark S. George MD, a founding father of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  Special clinical interests include women’s mental health, post-traumatic stress disorders and addiction disorders—and especially the developing applications for brain stimulation in these areas.
June 23, 2014

Likelihood of Remission from Depression with Medications vs. TMS vs. ECT

Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2012), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option by both clinicians and insurance companies As such, we are frequently asked about the relative effectiveness of medications vs. TMS vs. ECT for treatment-resistant depression.  While head to head studies of the 3 treatments have not been completed, it is interesting to compare large, multi-site, frequently cited studies of the 3 treatment modalities administered to patients with similar levels of treatment resistance. These findings are a useful reminder to regularly assess the severity of […]