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New Medical Director to Lead Baton Rouge General's Behavioral Health Program at Mid City

Baton Rouge’s Only Provider for ECT Therapy for Major Depression

Baton Rouge, La. – Venugopal Vatsavayi, MD, has been named Medical Director for Baton Rouge General's Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Behavioral Wellness Center at the Mid City campus. Dr. Vatsavayi will lead BRG’s multi-disciplinary clinical team of behavioral health experts with Associate Medical Director Terry LeBourgeois, MD.

One of the region’s leading physicians providing Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Dr. Vatsavayi oversees ECT therapy at BRG Mid City, which is the only program of its kind in Greater Baton Rouge. A member of BRG's medical staff since 2011, Dr. Vatsavayi completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Specializing in psychiatry for more than 15 years, Dr. Vatsavayi will also continue to provide outpatient clinic services at his new Mid City clinic location at 3401 North Blvd., Suite 100.

ECT therapy often works when other treatments are unsuccessful and can benefit pregnant women, seniors, patients with limited tolerance to psychiatric medications, and patients who are at a high risk of suicide. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. It affects more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years or older, and is estimated to affect about 10% of pregnant women in the U.S. In patients with major depression, ECT has been shown to have a 70-90% remission rate.*

“Our focus remains on providing high quality mental health services for our community with special attention to the mental health needs of seniors and adult patients,” said Dr. Vatsavayi. “We are proud to provide our area’s only ECT therapy program, which is shown to be one of the most effective and safe acute treatment options for major depression.”
Venugopal Vatsavayi, MD
Medical Director
Terry LeBourgeois, MD
Associate Medical Director

Learn more about Baton Rouge General’s Behavioral Health Services at BRGeneral.org.

*National Institute of Mental Health

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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