Thomas W. Meeks, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry (MC: 116A-1)
Building 13, 4th floor
VA San Diego Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Phone #: 858-657-7880
FAX #: 858-534-6692

Dr. Meeks received his B.S. in biology, summa cum laude, from Furman University in Greenville, SC. In 2000, he earned an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He then completed a clinical geriatric psychiatry fellowship and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Meeks is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD.

Research Focus 
Dr. Meeks’ research interests include neuropsychoimmunology in late-life depression and persistent nonmalignant pain. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a NARSAD-funded Young Investigator Award to study this issue. His other scientific interests include interventions, such as exercise, to promote successful cognitive and emotional aging.

Clinical Focus 
Dr. Meeks is a California-licensed, Board-certified psychiatrist, with specialized training in geriatric mental illnesses and an interest in culturally and linguistically competent care for older Latinos with dementia and other neuropsychiatric illnesses.

Selected Publications
Jeste DV, Meeks TW, Kim DS, Zubenko GS. Research agenda for DSM-V: diagnostic categories and criteria for neuropsychiatric syndromes in dementia. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2006; 19 (3):160-171.

Meeks TW, Wetherell J, Irwin MA, Jeste DV. Complementary and alternative therapies for late-life depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance: a review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2007; 68: 1461-1471.

Meeks TW, Dunn LB, Golshan S, Kim D, Atksinson HA, Lebowitz BD. Clinical associations of chronic pain in older depressed psychiatric inpatients. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2007; (epub ahead of print).

Holtzheimer PE, Meeks TW, Kelley ME, Mufti M, Young R, McWhorter K, Vito N, Chrismar R, Quinn S, Dey S, Byrd EH, McDonald WM. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of galantamine augmentation of antidepressant treatment in older adults with major depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2007; (epub ahead of print).

Meeks TW, Jeste DV. Beyond the black box: the role of antipsychotics in dementia. Current Psychiatry. 2008 (in press).


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