Memorial Hospital of Tampa February 19, 2015

Tampa, FL – Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA affiliate, welcomes Jamie Winderbaum Fernandez, M.D., to the Medical Staff. Dr. Fernandez attended Weill Medical College of Cornell University where she participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute NIH Research Scholars Program. After graduating, she completed an internship in internal medicine in New York, and residency in adult psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Fernandez’ clinical interests include treatment resistant depression, mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and neurocognitive disorders. She is board certified in adult psychiatry, certified in electroconvulsive therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Her addition to Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health service expands the offerings to include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as an alternative for individuals suffering from mental illness.

ECT is used to successfully treat patients suffering from major depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and catatonia. About 80-90% of depressed people report improvement of depression following a full course of treatment. Many are able to resume working and lead full, productive lives. ECT has fewer side effects than medications and has been proven to provide relief more quickly than medication alone.

ECT is performed at Memorial Hospital as an inpatient, outpatient, or in combination. The physician determines which option is best for each patient. A typical course of treatment is 6-12 sessions performed 2-3 times per week. All ECT procedures are done in the Neurotherapy suite located on the first floor of the hospital to ensure optimal care, safety, and privacy for the patient.

“This is yet another treatment option we can provide to patients, which allows us to stay in the forefront of behavioral health while offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, convenient to where patients live and work,” emphasized Jim Harris, Director of Behavioral Health Services.