Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

St. John's Riverside hospital offers outpatient and inpatient options for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Services.  The role of ECT in the medical care and treatment of recurrent depression and bipolar disorder is a standard psychiatric treatment. 

Administered under strictly controlled conditions by a trained psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist in a postoperative room setting,  a brief application of electric stimuli is used to produce a seizure lasting generally less than one minute. If a patient does not respond to the standard procedures, there are options of utilizing augmented techniques to enhance the ECT response. Treatment series are tailored to each patient’s needs.

Call our Physician Referral Service at (914) 964-4DOC (4362) for a recommended doctor.




Meet Our Doctor:

Venkatesh T. Sawkar, M.D. has been practicing psychiatrist in Westchester County since 1985, specializing in psychopharmacology and ECT in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  .  Dr. Sawkar has a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell.  Dr. Sawkar is affiliated with both Phelps Memorial Hospital, offering inpatient as well as out patient ECT services, and at Dobbs Ferry Pavilion at St. John’s Riverside Hospital offering a small, efficient and customer friendly outpatient ECT option. Call (914) 588-9077.



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