Mark Janusz Smolenski, M.D.
Board Certified In Psychiatry
Dr. Smolenski's career in medicine has included outpatient psychiatry private practice in California and Hawaii, inpatient hospital positions (Psychiatric Emergency Room Services, Forensic Unit Chief, Associate Medical Director at El Camino Hospital), as well as an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Presently Dr. Smolenski is in private practice in Mountain View, California. He is also a member of Medical Staff at El Camino Hospital.
He attended Stanford University for his premedical education, and received his M.D. degree from the University of California at Davis. He completed the residency training in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and has been board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Prior to his medical career, Dr. Smolenski completed graduate study in engineering, held a position of an assistant professor in engineering, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Smolenski's first training to perform Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as treatment for depression was in Dr. Mark George's Clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina. At that time Dr. Smolenski was one of the first psychiatrists in private practice in the United States who was treating patients using his prototype TMS setup.
What Is TMS
During an rTMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp in the area corresponding to Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (DLPFC) of your brain. The electromagnet delivers magnetic pulses that stimulate nerve cells which are a part of a circuit of the brain involved in mood modulation including depression. Activation of those regions of the brain which exhibit decreased activity in depression is the mechanism behind a successful treatment response to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Because TMS requires neither drugs or incisions, the patient will be able to return to their day after the treatment
TMS bridges the gap between technology and medicine, by using magnetic fields to stimulate key focal areas in the brain
Minimal side effects- most patients report only slight headache after treatment.
Approximately 60% of people with depression who have tried medications and failed to receive benefit experience a clinically meaningful response with TMS. About one-third of these individuals experience a full remission, meaning that their symptoms go away completely.
A typical TMS session will last between 4 to 19 minutes. 36 sessions will be conducted over 9 weeks.
Most insurance providers will cover TMS treatment .