Clinical Research

Massachusetts General Hospital is a leading specialty center for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Directed by Michael E. Henry, MD, the Somatic Therapies Service plays an active and important role in the clinical care of many treatment refractory patients.

Staff and their research

Michael E. Henry, MD
Director Somatic Therapies Service

Carlos Fernandez-Robles MD
Attending Psychiatrist Somatic Therapist Service, Psychiatry Oncology Service, Inpatient Psychiatry Consult Service

Cristina Cusin MD
Attending Psychiatrist Somatic Therapist Service, Depression Clinical and Research Program

Clinical Trials

  • N-methyl-D-aspartate Antagonist (Ketamine) Augmentation of Electroconvulsive Treatment for severe Major Depression
  • Comparison of propofol and methoexital anesthesia during ECT in Major Depression Clinical Efficacy and cognitive side effects.
  • A Pilot Study of the Use of IV Scopolamine to Augment the Efficacy of Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Optimal dose of succinylcholine and rocuronium for electroconvulsive treatment


  • Retrospective chart review for patients with bipolar disorder who have been treated with electroconvulsive therapy
  • Retrospective Chart Review for Child and Adolescent Patients Who Have Been Treated with Electroconvulsive Therapy