Brain Stimulation Services at Johns Hopkins
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Long known for its effectiveness, especially in the treatment of medication-resistant depression, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most applied and tested treatment methods for many psychiatric illnesses.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Repetitive TMS (rTMS) has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side-effects.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an emerging treatment option that is showing promise in clinical trials for mood and cognitive disorders such as major depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about currently FDA approved conditions.
Brain Stimulation Research
The field of brain stimulation continues to evolve as technology improves and as we learn more about brain function and how these treatment methods affect it. Our research program includes clinical trials utilizing ECT and TMS as well as laboratory investigations into how they work and how they can be improved.
Latest ResearchHow ECT Relieves Depression
In a study using genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered some new molecular details that appear to explain how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly relieves severe depression in mammals, presumably including people. The molecular changes allow more communication between neurons in a specific part of the brain also known to respond to antidepressant drugs.
Director, Brain Stimulation Program
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Melinda Walker, R.N.
ECT Nurse Coordinator
Shannon Yorkman, M.S., M.S.N.
Lead Nurse Anesthetist
Bobby Bethea, C.T.
Michael Tibbs, Ph.D.
Brain Stimulation Program Coordinator
The Brain Stimulation Program
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
Patients and visitors, please use the Wolfe Street entrance at the end of the traffic circle.