Surgical Therapies for Psychiatric Diseases Featured

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM CST Saturday, January 16

Medication and therapeutic paradigms are continually advancing the treatment of psychiatric disease. Yet a large population of patients remains refractory to noninvasive treatments. Surgical therapies for treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others have an extended track record of efficacy, and are evolving along with our technological capabilities, such as minimally invasive neurostimulation (e.g., deep brain stimulation). These technical advances are paralleled by advances in machine learning applied to neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral biomarkers of disease. This session will introduce the attendee to the current state of the art in surgical therapies for psychiatric disease, highlighting deep brain stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and lesioning procedures.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the current landscape of clinical trials for DBS and VNS.
  • Describe different targets for neurostimulation for depression and OCD.
  • Identify currently available surgical therapies for psychiatric disorders.
  • Compare and contrast lesioning with other forms of neuromodulation.


Sameer A. Sheth, MD PhD

Laser Ablation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Nicole McLaughlin, PhD

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Depression

Darin D. Dougherty, MD

Adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Wayne Goodman, MD

Individualizing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy Using Intracranial EEG

Kelly R. Bijanki, PhD

Faculty and Presentations subject to change.