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Dr. Boris Heifets, MD, PhD, is a board certified anesthesiologist who specializes in providing anesthesia for neurological surgery. He has practiced at Stanford since 2010. After completing residency training at Stanford, Dr. Heifets completed fellowship training in neuroanesthesiology, also at Stanford. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Heifets also directs both clinical research and basic neuroscience. His research group studies how new rapid acting psychiatric therapies, like ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin, produce lasting changes in nervous system function, behavior, and therapeutic outcomes.
Harnessing synaptic plasticity to treat neuropsychiatric disease
Intraoperative Ketamine Versus Saline in Depressed Patients Undergoing Anesthesia for Non-cardiac Surgery
This study evaluates whether ketamine, given as part of an anesthetic, improves depression
symptoms in depressed patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery. Half of
participants will receive a ketamine infusion during surgery, while the other half will
receive a placebo (normal saline) during surgery.
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