But on a Wednesday evening earlier this month, he could be found giving a guest lecture in the neurobiology department.
Dr. Sheth conducted a session of a course called Biology of Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders.
The course is intended for graduate students in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. But for this session, residents in the Neurosurgery Department—Dr. Sheth’s normal audience—were also invited.
The title of Dr. Sheth’s talk was “Psychiatric Neurosurgery.” In it, he discussed surgical treatments for psychiatric problems like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Medicine and cognitive-behavioral therapy are the two front-line treatments for OCD. They help most people with OCD…but not all. For individuals who have not been helped by the usual treatments, surgery may be an option. There are two different types of surgery available, each of which modulates brain activity in the precise area involved with OCD.
Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders is one of Dr. Sheth’s areas of expertise. He also directs a research lab, where he investigates questions that may lead to future improvements in neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders. He is interested in understanding brain processes that influence disorders like OCD, addiction, and anxiety.
As a surgeon and a researcher, collaborating with departments outside of Neurosurgery comes easily to him. He works with CUMC/NYPH‘s Psychiatry and Neurology Departments. Columbia’s Department of Neurobiology and Behavior is just the latest to benefit from his expertise.
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