Keith Heinzerling, MD

Keith Heinzerling, MD

Director, Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) Program; Addiction Medicine

Accepting New Patients

Awards and Accomplishments

Dr. Keith Heinzerling practices internal medicine and is an addiction medicine specialist at the Pacific Brain Health Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute. His clinical and research focuses are on the treatment of alcohol, drug and substance use problems, with anti-addiction medications. As director of the Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) program, he is involved in the development of psychedelic-assisted therapies for those suffering with addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. He is the principal investigator of clinical trials using psilocybin-assisted therapy tackling conditions including alcohol use disorder and major depression. Dr. Heinzerling is a trained psychedelic guide and holds a Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

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 is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. He was a founding member of the UCLA Comprehensive Chronic Pain Integrated Practice Unit and is founder of BDH Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

From an early age, inspired by his researcher 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 backpacking.

Now accepting online doctor appointments

Our specialists have consultation openings for new patients in crisis anywhere in California.
Schedule a virtual video visit by calling 310-582-7612.

For more information about the Treatment & Research in Psychedelics (TRIP) clinical trials program call 310-582-7611.

Clinic location

1301 20th Street, #540
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Useful Links

  • 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