Dr. John R. Kelsoe, MD - La Jolla, CA - Neurology

Dr. John Kelsoe

  • Neurology
  • , Psychiatry
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Languages supported at his practice: Arabic, Tagalog, Spanish, Polish, French, English, Vietnamese
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Electronic Health Records

Dr. Kelsoe's Background


I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and went to college at Vanderbilt University with a major in physics. I attended medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and was an intern in psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. I then migrated west to San Diego and completed my residency training in psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Following this in order to obtain more research experience, I was a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD for four years. It was at NIMH that I saw the potential for genetic research in psychiatry and began my studies of the genetics of bipolar disorder that I continue to pursue to this day.  I then assumed a faculty position at UCSD and a staff position at the San Diego VA in 1989 and have been there ever since. My longstanding career interest has been research into the fundamental causes of bipolar disorder. In particular, my work has been directed at identifying the causative genes with a belief that this would lead me to an understanding of the cause of the illness in the brain. I now lead an international effort to combine genomewide studies of bipolar disorder and another international effort to identify genes that predict patients’ response to lithium. I am also excited to be at the beginning of studies to use the latest technology to sequence the entire genome of many people with bipolar disorder towards finding the cause. I continue to see patients at both UCSD and the VA and teach future psychiatrists how to treat bipolar disorder at a VA bipolar disorder specialty clinic that I direct.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Medical School, 1981
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Birmingham, AL
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