Keith Heinzerling, MD
Director, Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) Program; Addiction Medicine
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About Dr. Heinzerling
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 psychedelic-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.
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Clinic Location & Contact Information
1301 20th Street, #540
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Yes, he is accepting new patients at this time.
Dr. Heinzerling’s clinical focus is addiction recovery.
Dr. Heinzerling speaks English.
Yes, Dr. Heinzerling is taking telehealth appointments. Please call 310-582-7612 to find out more about making an appointment.
Dr. Heinzerling’s office is located at 1301, 20th St, #540, Santa Monica CA 90404.
Videos by Dr. Heinzerling
What is Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine therapy is a treatment approach that uses low doses of ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic medication, to manage various mental health conditions, such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ketamine is approved for use at high doses as an anesthetic in…
Psilocybin and the TRIP Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
A growing body of research now supports the potential use of mushrooms containing the chemical psilocybin for a range of cognitive, mental and behavior disorders. Several research projects at Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center are aimed at determining the safety and…
A Life-Changing Clinical Trial with Psychedelics | Vikki’s Grateful Patient Story
Vikki was walking her dog and listening to NPR in Santa Monica one day, when she heard an advertisement for an unusual medical trial. Pacific Neuroscience Institute was studying whether psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, could help alcoholics kick their habit.
Managing Stress, Isolation, and Risk of Drug or Alcohol Relapse During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The affects of social distancing are a serious concern. Those who suffer from drug or alcohol problems are not only at risk of exposure, but may also be at risk of a relapse. How can stress and isolation during COVID-19 result in a relapse? The…
Medical DegreeStanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
ResidencyInternship: Internal Medicine, NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, NY
Residency – Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, NY
FellowshipRobert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA-VAMC
CertificationsAmerican 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