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Brain Stimulation Program

Dr. Irving RetiIrving Reti, MBBS is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Director of The Brain Stimulation Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr Reti is from Australia and attended medical school at the University of Sydney before coming to Johns Hopkins for psychiatry residency. He then completed a neuroscience fellowship and joined the faculty in 2001. Dr Reti’s clinical and research focus has been the management of mental illness, and especially depression, using brain stimulation modalities, in particular ECT and rTMS. He has administered thousands of treatment sessions using these modalities and also leads clinical trials evaluating novel forms of ECT and rTMS. Dr Reti also directs an NIH-funded preclinical lab investigating brain pathways and molecular mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of ECT and rTMS. These laboratory studies will lead to new and improved ways to alleviate depression. Dr Reti:,

Dr. Frank MondimoreFrancis Mondimore, MD is Associate Professor in Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Associate Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins and also completed his residency in psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Mondimore is the author of five books for general audiences on mental health issues, which have been translated into seven languages. They include Bipolar Disorder, A Guide for Patients and Families, and, with co-author Patrick Kelly, M.D., Borderline Personality Disorder, New Reasons for Hope, coming this fall from the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has also authored numerous book chapters and scientific articles and is on the faculty editorial board of the Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to his consumer education work, Dr. Mondimore is interested in developing best practices guidelines for the treatment of mood disorders. Dr. Mondimore:

Elizabeth Augustin is the TMS technician for the Brain Stimulation Program. She is responsible for the administration and documentation of treatment, while monitoring safety throughout the procedure. She is currently a Licensed Practical Nurse pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Prior to joining the TMS team, she worked in long-term care facilities as a charge nurse and has experience working with a wide variety of patients in skilled units. Her medical background helps patients feel safe while receiving TMS treatments in addition to helping patients understand what TMS is and how it can benefit them.  Elizabeth Augustin:

Melinda WalkerMelinda Walker, RN, is the ECT nurse coordinator. A registered nurse with over 15 years experience in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she and the rest of the nursing team are certified and experienced in the nursing specialty of post-anesthesia care as well as psychiatric nursing. The dedicated ECT post-anesthesia nursing team, along with an anesthesia provider, deliver constant care to patients recovering from the anesthesia and electroconvulsive treatment. In addition, Ms. Walker offers education to patients and their families throughout their course of treatment. Melinda Walker:

Michael Tibbs is the coordinator for the Brain Stimulation Program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and later pursued graduate work in the arts. He now serves as the study coordinator for the program’s clinical research trials and is the main contact person for outpatient ECT and rTMS. He is responsible for the scheduling of patients, conducting screening and follow-up interviews throughout treatment and study enrollment, recruitment, and data collection, among other tasks. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the program’s clinical trials, contact us at 410-614-1732 or e-mail




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