Mahendra T. Bhati


Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery

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Dr. Bhati is an interventional psychiatrist with expertise in psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and neuromodulation. He completed postdoctoral research studying language abnormalities and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) evoked potentials in schizophrenia. He was a principal investigator for the DSM-5 academic field trials, and his research experiences included roles as an investigator in the first controlled clinical trials of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and low-field synchronized TMS for treatment of depression. His current interests include studying magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and augmented reality to target TMS, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and DBS for treatment-resistant depression, responsive neurostimulation (RNS) for treatment of impulse and fear-related disorders, and focused ultrasound (FUS) for treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. Dr. Bhati founded and directs a clinical fellowship in Interventional Psychiatry at Stanford.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Postdoctoral research, University of Pennyslvania, Neuropsychiatry (2007)
  • Residency, University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry (research track) (2005)
  • Medical Education: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Registrar (2001) LA
  • B.S., Emory University, Biology (1996)
  • B.A., Emory University, Chemistry (1996)

Honors & Awards
  • Clinical Research Scholar, National Institutes of Health (2002-2005)
  • Earl Bond Award, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry (2013)
  • Health Care Hero, University of Pennsylvania Health System (2014)
  • Innovator Grant Award, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry (2018)
  • Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, American Psychiatric Association (2012)
  • Junior Investigator Grant Award, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (2005-2007)
  • Stunkard Faculty Award, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry (2010)
  • Travel Fellowship Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry (2006)

  • Member, American College of Psychiatrists (2018 - Present)
  • Affiliate, Stanford Neurosciences Institute (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry (2017 - Present)
  • Psychiatric Disease Steering Committee, Focused Ultrasound Foundation (2016 - Present)
  • Member, International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (2009 - Present)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2006 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2005 - Present)
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association (1997 - Present)
  • Member, American Medical Association (1997 - 2019)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy, Stanford University Hospital (2016 - 2022)
  • Section Chief of Interventional Psychiatry, Stanford University (2016 - 2022)
  • Training Director, Interventional Psychiatry Fellowship, Stanford University Hospital (2021 - Present)


Practice Locations

SHC- Psychiatry Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

401 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9111

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