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About the Doctors
Roberto Estrada, MD | Medical Director
As a nationally-recognized clinical expert in the field of Interventional Psychiatry and Brain Stimulation Therapies, Dr. Estrada has over 15 years of experience treating patients with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). He has utilized these safe and effective treatment modalities to help thousands of patients suffering with severe and debilitating depression.
Dr. Estrada completed his Residency training in Adult Psychiatry, where he served as Chief Resident, and Fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed Visiting Fellowships in ECT and TMS at Columbia University Medical Center and has also received formal clinical training in VNS.
After completing his training, he joined the Attending Staff at Lenox Hill Hospital where he served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry (2006) and Chief of ECT Services (2004-2015). He remains on the Voluntary staff at Lenox Hill Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Estrada is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an active member of the International Society of ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN) and the Clinical TMS Society, where he has worked diligently to advocate for mental health parity and increase awareness of novel psychiatric treatments.
Richard Shapiro, MD
Dr. Richard Shapiro is the founder of Golden Gate TMS and has been treating patients with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation since November 2010. He has extensive clinical experience in the field of TMS and has been educating the medical community on its use for the treatment of mental illness. Dr. Shapiro recently presented on TMS to the Northern California Psychiatric Society and has led peer TMS education in the field to fellow psychiatrists.
Dr. Shapiro, a member of the Clinical TMS Society and the California TMS Society, has recently merged his practice with Lenox Hill TMS with offices now in San Francisco, San Mateo and Palo Alto. Dr. Shapiro also has a private practice in general psychiatry in Menlo Park and San Francisco concentrating on chronic mental illness in both adults and adolescents. He graduated from Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School, and studied history of medicine at Oxford University in England. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is double board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Shapiro has been on the teaching faculty of Harvard and Stanford medical schools. He is also the Chief Psychiatrist of the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose, CA. Dr. Shapiro has many academic and research interests, including the subject of obsessive compulsive disorder, and he has presented his results on eye tracking studies in obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia at the American Psychiatric Association.
Peter Forster, MD
Dr. Peter Forster is the Clinical Director of Gateway Psychiatric Services, a multi-disciplinary clinic focused on the treatment of people with bipolar and unipolar depression. He was previously the Medical Director of Community Mental Health Services for the City and County of San Francisco, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at John George Psychiatric Pavilion in Alameda. For the last four years, he has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Forster is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Forster specializes in the treatment of people with mood disorders such as recurrent depression and bipolar disorder. An internationally respected expert, he has written many articles on: mood disorders, anxiety, somatization and managed care. In his private practice, he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adult depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), and PTSD.
Dr. Forster has been doing TMS treatment for four years and has had excellent results with it for a range of patients who have either not responded to medications or had intolerable side effects from antidepressants.
Dr. Forster graduated from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1985, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.