Keith Heinzerling MD

Keith Heinzerling, MD

Director, Pacific Treatment & Research In Psychedelics Program; Internal Medicine – Addiction Medicine, Brain Health Center

Dr. Keith Heinzerling practices internal medicine and is an addiction medicine specialist at the Pacific Brain Health Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute. His research and clinical focuses are on the discovery, development, and dissemination of anti-addiction medications. He is the director of the Pacific Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) Program.

Dr. Heinzerling is a nationally recognized expert in Addiction Medicine with numerous research papers, presentations, and trainees to his credit. Working on new treatments and innovations that give patients hope that they can get better is what he loves most about practicing medicine. Prior to joining PNI, Dr. Heinzerling was an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and was a founding member of the UCLA Comprehensive Chronic Pain Integrated Practice Unit.

From an early age, inspired by his high school teacher mother, he wanted to be a scientist, but going into medicine fulfilled his desire to witness and impact science beyond the lab while improving peoples’ lives. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and the Internal Medicine/Primary Care program at NYU/Bellevue Hospital where he was a Chief Resident.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his academic years and for his research. He is recognized as a “Top Doctor – Best Addiction Medicine” by Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Heinzerling received a financial award to support a substance abuse start-up and treats patients for a variety of addictions including problems with opioids (heroin, prescription pain medications, and patients with addiction and chronic pain), alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

He is active in community service, volunteering over the years in the New York and Los Angeles areas working with organizations by consulting and educating communities about addiction, prevention, and safety. When not at work, Dr. Heinzerling enjoys running in the Santa Monica Mountains, hiking, skiing and back packing.

Clinical Interests:

  • Addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-582-7612.

Clinic location:
2125 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Medical Degree:Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
Residency:Internship: Internal Medicine, NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, NY
Residency – Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, NY
Fellowship:Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA-VAMC
Certifications:American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate
American Board of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Addiction Medicine Certification
American Board of Addiction Medicine (Preventive Medicine), Diplomate