Matthew Perry’The healthcare practitioner, Dr. Andre Atoian, supportive despite ketamine treatment ketamine is the cause of death mentioned in the actor’s autopsy report.
According to the autopsy report, obtained by The BlastPerry “was seeing a psychiatrist, Dr. Yaghamie [redacted] and was prescribed antidepressants.” His “current general practitioner was an anesthesiologist Dr. Ataoin [redacted].”
Upon further investigation, The Blast discovered that Dr. Andre Atoian is the founder and medical director of Ketamine specialists and he completed medical school at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.
He was specifically trained in the use of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. His practice is currently located in North Hollywood, CA, approximately 18 miles from Pacific Palisades, where Matthew Perry lived.
Matthew Perry used ketamine treatment for depression
The autopsy report revealed Perry used ketamine treatment for anxiety and depressiona treatment described on the Ketamine Specialists website as “remarkable for having a success rate of up to 70% in patients who have tried conventional treatment and still suffer from debilitating depression.”
An unidentified woman told investigators that Matthew Perry had recently seen two doctors. His first doctor treated him with ketamine treatments every other day – but his new doctor (within the last six months) stated that since Perry was in good spirits and “his depression was fine,” he did not need any more treatments.
However, the autopsy report also states that Perry’s most recent treatment was a week and a half ago.
At the time of his death it is unclear whether Dr. Atoian was the new doctor who saw Perry in the past six months, or the previous one — but the autopsy report, obtained by The Blast, calls him the “current” doctor.
Matthew Perry’s doctor describes the use of ketamine therapy
Ketamine infusion treatments are “quickly recognized as one of the most important developments in modern therapy for depression,” according to Perry’s primary care physician, Dr. Andre Atoian. “Standard therapy targeting the neurotransmitters involved in mood has not been effective in the large number of individuals who use them. Yet countless people continue to use these medications simply because there is no better option.”
“While new research is underway to understand the true extent of ketamine’s powers, current evidence suggests that ketamine has the ability to reset and regrow our brain cells, helping patients take back control of their lives ,” said Dr. Atoian about the therapy.
Matthew Perry talks about ketamine therapy in 2022 memoir
Matthew Perry talked about his ketamine therapy in his 2022 memoir, stating that ketamine was a “gigantic exhalation” that he would receive while blindfolded and listening to music.
He added that ketamine “has my name written all over it – they might as well have called it ‘Matty’.”
According to Dr. Atoian, ketamine therapy infusions are performed in private rooms on comfortable armchairs and via intravenous (IV) infusion, as this is the most efficient way to deliver the treatment.
The Blast has contacted Ketamine Specialists for comment.