Ira M Lesser, MD

Ira Lesser, MD

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center



  • BA, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Recent and/or Significant Publications

Trivedi Madhukar H, Morris David W, Wisniewski Stephen R, Lesser Ira, Nierenberg Andrew A, Daly Ella, Kurian Benji T, Gaynes Bradley N, Balasubramani G K, Rush A John. Increase in work productivity of depressed individuals with improvement in depressive symptom severity. The American journal of psychiatry, 2013; 170(6): 633-41.
Poland Russell E, Lesser Ira M, Wan Yu-Jui Yvonne, Gertsik Lev, Yao Jie, Raffel Leslie J, Lin Keh-Ming, Myers Hector F. Response to citalopram is not associated with SLC6A4 genotype in African-Americans and Caucasians with major depression. Life sciences, 2013; 92(20-21): 967-70.
Zisook Sidney, Lesser Ira M, Lebowitz Barry, Rush A John, Kallenberg Gene, Wisniewski Stephen R, Nierenberg Andrew A, Fava Maurizio, Luther James F, Morris David W, Trivedi Madhukar H. Effect of antidepressant medication treatment on suicidal ideation and behavior in a randomized trial: an exploratory report from the Combining Medications to Enhance Depression Outcomes Study. The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2011; 72(10): 1322-32.