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UT Physicians opens doors to new interventional psychiatry clinic

Written By: Vicki Powers, UT Physicians | Updated: July 17, 2023
Ribbon Cutting

Joao de Quevedo, MD, PhD, cuts the ribbon for a new interventional psychiatry clinic surrounded by UTHealth Houston faculty and staff. (Photo by: Logan Ball, UT Physicians)

The new UT Physicians Interventional Psychiatry Clinic provides services for patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions in one location. Its goal is to not only embrace the current interventional psychiatry services but also expand and develop new services.

“We are making a more patient-centered approach for services and providing a single point of contact,” said Joao de Quevedo, MD, PhD, director of the center of interventional psychiatry, and professor in the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. “This helps the patient navigate through the treatments in a more user-friendly way.”

The clinic will serve patients with the most severe forms of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder who have not found success through traditional forms of medication and psychotherapy. The multidisciplinary team will assess needs and build an interventional psychiatry plan.

For de Quevedo, giving patients access to these resources is the most exciting part of opening this clinic.

“We want to not only be involved in clinical care but also in research and education,” de Quevedo said. “We plan to help develop new interventional treatments and begin a fellowship in interventional psychiatry in July 2024 to spread this model.”

The new clinic location will be led by psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, educators, advanced care providers, and staff. Support services include:

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Esketamine intranasal therapy
  • Ketamine intravenous therapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Magnetic seizure therapy (MST)*
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)*

*under research protocols

The UT Physicians Interventional Psychiatry Clinic, located at 7000 Fannin St., Suite 1620, opened July 17. The clinic’s operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact 713-486-2621 to make an appointment.

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