Thomas Kerrihard, MD

Psychiatrist; Director, Oncology Supportive Care Services

Thomas Kerrihard, MD, is the Director of Supportive Care Services at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center. The department of Oncology Supportive Care Services provides a full array of psychological, social, spiritual and medical care which aims to ease the process of living with cancer and its treatments. These include pain management, psychiatry, nutrition, emotional counseling, support groups and integrative medicine services. Dr. Kerrihard's expertise is in the treatment of pain, palliative care and psychiatric issues surrounding serious medical illness.

Dr. Kerrihard is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in pain medicine. He is also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Kerrihard is a volunteer faculty member of The David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Kerrihard is the primary investigator on several studies exploring the role of new medications in the treatment of pain in patients with cancer. Dr. Kerrihard has also published and presented extensively on mental health issues that cancer, AIDS and medically ill patients encounter, such as pain, anxiety, depression, delirium and medication adherence. He has received the award of excellence from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. Dr. Kerrihard is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Psychosocial and Behavioral Oncology, the American Psychosomatic Society and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Kerrihard received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He then attended a combined medical school program at both Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently, he completed a residency in adult psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He served as Chief Fellow during his fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.