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Eric Wexler, MD, PhD, QME

Psychiatry

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MEDICAL-LEGAL EXPERTISE:

Dr. Eric Wexler, MD, PhD, QME is board-certified in psychiatry and practices in Santa Monica, California. He is available for PQMEs, AMEs or Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) at several locations throughout Los Angeles County.

DR. wexler BIO:

Dr. Eric Wexler is a board-certified psychiatrist in practice for over 10 years, specializing in psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry. Prior to entering private practice, he was engaged in both clinic care and basic science research at the UCLA School of Medicine. His clinical activities there included an outpatient clinic that emphasizes mood and impulse control disorders, providing psychiatric consultation for patients with often rare, inherited or autoimmune forms of neurodegeneration. (e.g. patients in the UCLA Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence) and attending on the inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit at the UCLA/Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Complementing these clinical efforts, his research agenda focused on the following areas: (1) Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of common mood stabilizers like lithium. (2) Developing novel experimental models of neuropsychiatric disease (e.g. dementia or autism), primarily using human neural stem cells. (3) Developing and applying novel network (“big data”) analytic methods to the problem of understanding the signals that govern early nerve cell development, and how these contribute to brain dysfunction. In addition, he has provided discreet consultation services to individuals or organizations in the television, print media, legal and investment banking communities.

Dr. Wexler graduated Phi Bet Kappa from Vassar College with a degree in biochemistry, before entering medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During his medical schooling, he undertook research into nerve cell development and neurotransmitter function, for which he was awarded both a medical degree (M.D.) and a doctorate in neurobiology (Ph.D.). He next completed his residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University. He received his primary psychotherapy training with Dr. David Burns, best-selling author and one of the first to popularize cognitive-behavioral therapy. He then pursued specialized fellowship training in psychopharmacology and neuronal regeneration at Stanford under the auspices of Dr. Alan Schatzberg, former American Psychiatric Association President and co-author of the official APA Textbook of Psychopharmacology. During this period, he also served as an attending physician in the Emergency Department of San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF. He later completed a research fellowship in neurobehavioral genetics at UCLA before joining the full-time academic faculty at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics.

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