Mount Sinai Recruits Charles H. Kellner, MD, Accomplished ECT Researcher, as New Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry

Charles H. Kellner, MD, a leader in electroconvulsive therapy research, joined The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the ECT Clinical Service.

New York, NY
 – May 1, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

Charles H. Kellner, MD, a national leader in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) research, has joined The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the ECT Clinical Service. Among many other achievements, Dr. Kellner is the Co-Principal Investigator of a multi-site study of maintenance ECT for geriatric depression. Mount Sinai is one of two overall coordinating sites for this project, which was recently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

For the past decade, Dr. Kellner has also led the collaborative ECT research group, Consortium for Research in ECT (CORE), in the performance of NIMH-sponsored multi-site research protocols. His work supports the use of ECT for geriatric patients with depression who have not had success with other treatments.

Having dedicated a great part of his career to the study of ECT, Dr. Kellner brings to Mount Sinai vast knowledge and experience in the treatment of severely depressed geriatric patients, said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "As Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Kellner will also be the training director for the ACGME-approved Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry."

Mount Sinai is a great venue for my strong interest in promoting research in Geriatric Psychiatry, said Dr. Kellner. "I look forward to building collaborations with the Department of Geriatrics and other departments at Mount Sinai to further the institution’s well-established reputation as a world renowned leader in research." Most recently, Dr. Kellner served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical School and as Director of the ECT Service at University Hospital in Newark.

Dr. Kellner received his MD from Cornell University Medical College and did his internship at Los Angeles County Medical Center and his Psychiatry residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Biological Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and was on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston from 1984-2002, where he directed the ECT service.

Credited with more than 150 publications, mostly related to ECT and mood disorders, Dr. Kellner has also co-authored the APA (American Psychiatric Association) published text, Handbook of ECT. From 1994 to 2004, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of ECT. He is a member of the APA Task Force on ECT, which is currently revising the APA’s recommendations on ECT.

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