Back to All Events

Ketamine Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: 2019 Treatment Guidelines

  • PPSC 80 Fifth Avenue, Room 1408 New York, New York 10011 (map)

Nico Grundmann, MD

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Dr. Grundmann will review the medical understandings of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) including a focus on Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Disorder (TR-MDD), and will address the emerging medical managements for these conditions. The talk will highlight Ketamine Infusions Therapy and will review the 2017 APA consensus statement on ketamine therapy for mood disorders. The talk will include excerpts from patient attestations of these therapies; how comprehensive care for these patients with combinations of talk therapy and ketamine infusions can improve clinical outcomes. Time will be reserved for Q&A after the initial presentation.

Dr. Nico Grundmann is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician, devoted to improving how healthcare systems operate for those who need it the most. Working in emergency rooms from suburban California, to inner-city New York, to rural West Virginia, Nico grew frustrated by how frequently he was treating acute symptoms of mental health without helping his patients with more sustained, long term solutions. Many years of working with ketamine as a safe medicine for sedation prompted continuous research of the drug's efficacy for other conditions, including depression. Nico founded Ember Health as a way to help individuals take control of their lives, and contribute to the shaping of a field in line with his values. Dr. Grundmann pursued his residency training at Kings County Hospital / SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, and received his Medical Degrees and Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and family.

*This PPSC event is wheelchair accessible, and any participant with a special need should contact PPSC at 212-633-9172 or in advance. PPSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, or analytic orientation in the administration of its admissions and educational policies.

*PPSC SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #0054.

*For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact if you want to cancel within this time frame. Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.