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Electroconvulsive Therapy Program

Director: Daniel F. Maixner, M.D.


The Electroconvulsive Therapy Program specializes in administering ECT to those patients for whom such treatment is indicated, (such as patients with severe mood disorders). The program strives to standardize the methods of ECT application while promoting the highest level of proficiency of this treatment. The program is heavily invested in promoting in-depth research into ECT's clinical effectiveness and technique.

Patients are referred to the ECT service by referring psychiatrists and the various physician attendings on the Adult Psychiatry unit. This method of consultation assures expert input into the decision about this form of treatment. Patients undergoing ECT treatment will receive a complete medical evaluation, including anesthesia consultations. Psychiatrists and anesthetists supervise the administration of ECT. Both inpatients and outpatients can receive ECT treatments. Following the completion of a course of ECT treatment, staff stay involved in the long-term planning of psychiatric follow-up care.


For ECT evaluations, please contact the admissions and appointments office at 1-800-525-5188 or 734-764-9190.  A clinical summary of the patient's course of illness, along with a record of therapies tried, is extremely helpful for the evaluation.