“The doctor of the future will give no medicine
but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet,
and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
— Thomas A. Edison
Eli M. Kolp, M.D.
Dr. Eli Kolp was born and educated in the former Soviet Union. His
parents, both physicians, practiced medicine throughout Central Asia,
and the family lived in several different republics before settling
in Moscow in 1970.
While in Moscow, Dr. Kolp completed medical school in 1973, a surgical
internship in 1974 and residency training in psychiatry in 1978. He
practiced psychiatry there until 1981, when he immigrated to the United
Dr. Kolp spent two years studying English, learning American culture
and preparing for licensure in the United States. After passing the
Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX) and Educational Counsel for Foreign
Medical Graduates (ECFMG), he completed a second residency in psychiatry
in 1987 at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. While
there, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department
In 1988, Dr. Kolp moved to Tampa to continue his education at the
University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he completed
a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 1989.
Since that time, Dr. Kolp has maintained his interests in both academic
and clinical psychiatry. He joined the faculty of the Department of
Psychiatry as Clinical Assistant Professor at the USF College of Medicine.
He also established and maintained a private practice, and has served
as medical director in several psychiatric hospitals in the Tampa Bay
area, directing both residential and outpatient treatment programs.
Dr. Kolp specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of people with
anxiety and eating disorders, affective and psychotic illnesses, sexual
problems and addictive illnesses.
In 1994, Dr. Kolp began researching Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy
while on staff at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa. He
continued his research until 1999, when he became disabled in an automobile
accident. After more than two-and-a-half years in rehabilitative therapy,
Dr. Kolp returned to part-time practice in June of 2002. He currently specializes in the treatment of alcohol addiction and limits his private practice exclusively to Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy.