Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR
Dr. Aggarwal is now offering a TRANSFORMATIVE, MIND-BODY MEDICINE THERAPY: Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy and Therapy Ketamine is an extremely interesting compound invented in 1962 at Parke-Davis. It has been used in clinical practice around the world for over 50 years and is on the WHO list of Essential Medicines. Its primary use has been as a general anesthetic, but also it has been used to induce procedural conscious sediation, as a potent non-opioid analgesic in acute and chronic pain, as a neuroprotective agent to prevent brain damage, as an anxiolytic to control pre-operative and end-of-life anxiety, and as a rapid-onset antidepressant to treat chronic depression and other treatment-resistant mental health conditions. Like many psychedelic substances, it can be used to enhance psychotherapy sessions, to help to facilitate therapeutic trances and persistant transformations to overcome chronic pain, depression, anxiety, existential anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic and complex trauma disorders, and for spiritual and psychological growth and deepening somatic awareness (The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy, and Transformation, eds. Wolfson & Hartelius, 2016). Dr. Aggarwal has completed 46 hours of accredited training in Ketamine: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (Ketamine Training Center, 30 hours) and KRIYA Ketamine Research Institute (16 hours). Our terms “therapy” and “clinic” and our symbol of medicine with a snake wrapping around a staff all originate from the activities of the Aesclepian healing temples in Ancient Greece. They practiced healing through trance induction. We are offering this treatment through prescription of compounded lozenges and via intramuscular injection. We create a comfortable and soothing environment via relaxing music, eyeshades, aromatherapy, and soft lighting. We also give lozenges for patients to take home for further sessions.
Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal’s hometown is Muskogee, Oklahoma, and he is also an Overseas Citizen of India. He received a B.S. in chemistry (high honors), B.A. in philosophy (with distinction), and a minor in religious studies from the University of California, Berkeley–each course of study representing body, mind, and spirit, respectively. He recognized then his calling to be a physician and innovating scientist with an integrative medicine approach. He completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine where he received a Ph.D. in medical geography and a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) with a Pathway Certification in Global Health. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New York University Medical Center, and Clinical Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health-Clinical Center Pain and Palliative Care Service. He is currently an On-Call Palliative Medicine Physician Consultant at MultiCare Health System and an Associate Medical Director of MultiCare Hospice. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, and a Faculty Member of the National Family Medicine Residency. He is an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ Cancer CAM information summary on cannabis and cannabinoids.