UCLA Ecological Medicine & Psychedelic Studies Initiative


Thomas Strouse, MD

Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Professor and Maddie Katz Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Thomas Strouse has been a UCLA faculty member since he completed his residency training at the university in 1991. He has spent his career working with adults coping with the psychiatric and physical aspects of catastrophic illness. Along with his current efforts to promote palliative care clinical research within the UCLA Health system, Thomas is a faculty member in the combined GLA/UCLA Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and is actively engaged with UCLA Health Operation Mend, a program for post-911 wounded United States servicemen and women. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA from 2007 through 2021, director of the UCLA Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Service, and worked closely with the UCLA Liver Transplant Program for more than a decade. Thomas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Fellow. He is board-certified in general psychiatry, consultation/liaison psychiatry, and hospice/ palliative medicine. He served on the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Committee and was responsible for writing the hospice and palliative medicine subspecialty certifying exam for all North American physician candidates for the American Board of Medical Specialties. Thomas has authored many published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and sits on the editorial boards of a number of important journals. He lectures throughout the country on topics related to pain, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and psychiatric aspects of medical illness. He received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.