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More Buzz on Deep Brain Stimulation: Dr. Sheth Comments

Dr. Sameer Sheth specializes in deep brain stimulation
Dr. Sameer Sheth

Just within the last year, publications like the Smithsonian Magazine, Wall Street Journal, US News, and Huffington Post have featured fascinating articles on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

DBS is a form of neuromodulation that involves implanting electrodes deep within a patient’s brain. The electrodes are small, but their effects can be large.

Dr. Sameer Sheth, MD, PhD, specializes in using DBS to help patients with epilepsy, psychiatric illnesses like obsessive-compulsive disorder, or movement disorders like Parkinson’s. (See the links below for his contributions to, and interesting comments on, some of the recent DBS articles.)

Now a July article in the Wall Street Journal continues the DBS buzz. It describes a way that DBS may help some coma patients “wake up” with DBS in a region of the brain called the thalamus.

Dr. Sheth had this to say about the Wall Street Journal article:

This article highlights the increasingly important impact that neuromodulation plays in the modern treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

As we learn more about how the brain regulates basic processes such as wakefulness and even consciousness, we will be better equipped to treat disorders in these processes with targeted neuromodulation.

This ability would offer tremendous hope to patients and families suffering with these disabling conditions.

Dr. Sheth is Director and Founder of the Functional and Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at Columbia University. He is also a member of the Epilepsy Center and the Movement Disorder Center here at the Neurological Institute. He and his colleagues are committed to researching and using state of the art techniques like DBS to best help our patients.

Learn more about Dr. Sheth on his bio page here.

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