Michael Easton, MD | Chicago Metro Area


Dr. Easton started his medical training living in Italy studying at the University of Bologna Medical School, he then returned home to complete his degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine doing most of his clinical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Easton did his psychiatric residency at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute (ISPSI), at that time the hub for psychiatric research in the Chicago-Land area. He stayed on at ISPI and, in conjunction with the University of Illinois, did a fellowship in bio-psychiatric research, psychopharmacology and electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). He continued there as a research psychiatrist developing and implementing studies of pharmacological agents for the treatment of mood and psychotic disorders as well as doing research on the administration of ECT. During this time, he became interested in sleep medicine and circadian rhythm disorders leading to his involvement in some of the early research on bright light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorders.

In 1990, he was recruited to the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center as an assistant professor. During his time at RUSH, Dr. Easton wore numerous administrative, clinical and research hats. He was initially involved in the Treatment Research Unit looking at pharmacological agents in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. In the early 1990’s, he was the director of the substance abuse program at RUSH and did research on anti-craving agents in the treatment of addictions. In addition to being board certified in Psychiatry he received an added qualification in Addiction Psychiatry in 1994 as well as a certification in Addition Medicine in 1996.

During his time at RUSH Dr. Easton has had a private practice focusing on the management of treatment refractory conditions in both a hospital and office setting. He has been the director of the adult inpatient psychiatric units as well as managing the clinical neurostimulation programs. Dr. Easton has been involved in the administration of ECT for more complicated treatment resistant psychiatric disorders for over 30 years. He was also among the first group of psychiatrists to be certified in administration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) upon the FDA approval of TMS as a treatment for depression.

Dr. Easton has over 10 years of psychiatric research in areas related to the use of medications and ECT in the treatment of psychiatric disorders as well as anti-craving medications in addiction. He has numerous research publications and book chapters in his areas of expertise as well as having lectured nationally on topics related to the pharmacotherapeutic agents and the management of mood disorders, psychosis, and addiction.

Currently his practice focuses on the use of functional neuroimaging in the management of neuropsychiatric disorders using traditional and integrative treatment approaches. Over the past 5 years he has focus on the role of mild traumatic brain injury, infection, toxicity, inflammatory conditions and their contribution to psychiatric presentations.


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