The Problem

It is estimated over 2 million soldiers have PTSD
(Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Currently, the Veterans Administration (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) utilize what is called the gold, validated standard for PTSD treatment. It is essentially the use of psychotropic medications and psychotherapy.

However the “gold standard” efficacy is under 30%1. Additionally, the persistent use of it may lead to the following effects:

  • an extreme suicide rate ( over 8,000 per year)
  • broken soldiers and families
  • a marked financial burden of $35,000 per year, per patient, as well as a projected 600 billion dollar pay out for disability payments over the next 20 years (Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Laureate 2008).

A promising technique continues to be ignored following multiple attempts at funding for medical studies and insurance coverage. Meanwhile, military personnel looking to be treated using this approach are not able to receive this life-changing treatment. This is why we are asking for your help. We must do better.

1Hoge, 2011, JAMA

The Treatment

The treatment is called SGB (Stellate Ganglion Block) and was first discussed in front of U.S. Congress in 2010.

SGB is the first truly biologic approach to PTSD. SGB is an old procedure that has been used for pain treatment since 1925.

Healing Heros

The SGB takes only 10-minutes to perform and is believed to reverse neurological changes induced by severe trauma that leads to PTSD symptoms. It basically “reboots the brain” to the pre-trauma state. The success rate is over 80%. Effects are seen in 30 minutes, and can last months or years. To date, over 2,200 military personnel have been successfully treated with SGB in 7 military hospitals.

Learn More Six doctors presented at American Society of Anesthesiologists validating the effectiveness of SGB through visible evidence seen on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans, in treating PTSD.

Learn More What makes the ‘Chicago Block’ different?


What Happens to Funds Raised?

The Healing Hero Fund helps build a foundation we started for veterans, the Global Post-Traumatic Stress Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Over 90% of the funds from GPTSIF are used, and will continue to be used, to treat patients suffering severe PTSD symptoms. The cost of SGB is $1,000 to $1,500 per procedure.

Please make a fully tax deductible contribution today to help us treat 1,000 military personnel as soon as possible. Please contact us to donate air miles to transport personnel for treatment.

SGB Results

Media, Medical Publications and Reports.

Medical Publications by Dr. Lipov


Impact on Suicidal Ideation and Suicidology in Military Populations Following a Cervical Sympathetic Blockade


Lipov, Eugene, and Elspeth Cameron Ritchie. "A Review of the Use of Stellate Ganglion Block in the Treatment of PTSD." Current psychiatry reports 17.8 (2015): 1-5.

Upcoming Book Chapter in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans_Ritchie (330596) - Chapter 13. to be published by Springer


Mulvaney, Sean W., James H. Lynch, Matthew J. Hickey, Tabassum Rahman-Rawlins, Matthew Schroeder, Shawn Kane, and Eugene Lipov. "Stellate Ganglion Block Used to Treat Symptoms Associated With Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series of 166 Patients." Military Medicine 179, no. 10 (2014): 1133-1140


Lipov, Eugene G., et al. "Stellate ganglion block improves refractory post-traumatic stress disorder and associated memory dysfunction: A case report and systematic literature review." Military Medicine 178.2 (2013): e260-e264.

Hickey, Anita H., Maryam Navaie, Eric T. Stedje-Larsen, Eugene G. Lipov, and Robert N. McLay. "Stellate ganglion block for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder." Psychiatric Annals 43, no. 2 (2013): 87-92.


Lipov, Eugene, and Briana Kelzenberg. "Sympathetic system modulation to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A review of clinical evidence and neurobiology." Journal of Affective Disorders 142.1 (2012): 1-5.

Lipov EG et al , ARE, Alternative treatment options. "A novel application of stellate ganglion block: preliminary observations for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder." Military Medicine 177.2 (2012): 125.

Lipov, Eugene, et al. "Modulation of NGF by cortisol and the Stellate Ganglion Block–Is this the missing link between memory consolidation and PTSD?" Medical Hypotheses 79.6 (2012): 750-753.


Lipov E., Kelzenberg BM. Exit Strategy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. New Hope for Civilians and War Fighters Alike. 2011


Lipov E. Successful Use of Stellate Ganglion Block and Pulsed Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report. Hindawi Publishing Corporation Pain Research and Treatment February 2010; Volume 2010

Lipov E. In search of an effective treatment for combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): can the stellate ganglion block be the answer? Pain Pract. 2010;10:265-266.

Lipov, E. Cervical Sympathetic Ganglion Block: New Hope for PTSD Relief. In Egan SJ. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment. Nova Publishers. 2010;159-175. (Chapter #6)


Lipov EG, Joshi JR, Sanders S, Slavin KV. A unifying theory linking the prolonged efficacy of the stellate ganglion block for the treatment of chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), hot flashes, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Med Hypotheses. 2009;72:657-661.


Lipov EG, Joshi JR, Lipov S, Sanders SE, Siroko MK. Cervical sympathetic blockade in a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder: a case report. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2008;20:227-228.

Please make a fully tax deductible contribution today to help us treat 1,000 military personnel as soon as possible. Please contact us to donate air miles to transport personnel for treatment.


Our Values, Our Foundation: Global Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Foundation.

The Global Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Foundation (GPTSIF) received its not-for-profit status in 2009. The goal of the organization has remained the same since its beginning: to treat patients with PTSD, and to continually research for a more effective way to treat PTSD. The foundation was formed by Dr. Eugene Lipov, the doctor first to perform SGB in treatment for PTSD in 2006, and published in 2008. Dr. Lipov is currently the Chief Science Officer of GPTSIF and has treated over 300 patients with PTSD, many at his personal expense.

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