Meet Our Team

The Center for Neuromodulation establishes new frontiers for research in healthcare by interfacing engineering and biomedical sciences to advance rTMS research and uncover the scientific basis of neuromodulation.
Our highly expert team of neurooncologists, cognitive psychiatrists, experimental statisticians, engineers, and other clinical researchers is dedicated to the investigation, validation, and development of rTMS. We combine innovative clinical therapies with state-of-the-art computation and bioengineering to forge a research approach that advances rTMS research and clinical applications at UCSD and beyond. 



​Director and board-certified radiation oncologist Kevin T. Murphy, MD was born and raised in San Diego, California. Dr. Murphy graduated from Notre Dame in 1989 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a second major in Philosophy. Following graduation, Dr. Murphy served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. He then received his MS in Neurophysiology from Purdue University and his MD from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Murphy completed his Radiation Oncology Residency in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago. In May 2005, he was recruited to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Murphy's clinical and research interests focus on the application of a number of novel technologies in the treatment of brain tumors in both adults and children: Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Intensity Modulated Stereotactic Radiosurgery (IM-SRS), and Hypofractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He is frequently invited to speak on these technologies at national and international seminars. 

He is a professor and the Vice Chair in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he instructs medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on using a personalized form of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS) to restore neuronal synchrony in a number of neurocognitive and behavioral disorders. He has treated more than 3000 patients with these novel techniques, and is now pursuing approval for multiple clinical trials testing PrTMS in: chemobrain, PTSD, addiction behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy.  He has recently opened MindSet, a clinic in the 4S Ranch area that provides fee-based personalized repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS) to a diverse population of patients. 

Co-author of several book chapters and many abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, his work has appeared in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Translational Cancer Research, and Practical Radiation Oncology, among others. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international medical conferences.​ ​


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Hoopes is a board-certified radiation oncologist. His experience includes stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).

Before joining the Center for Neuromodulation, Dr. Hoopes was chief of the U.S. Air Force’s largest radiation department. He was chosen as consultant to the Surgeon General for radiation oncology, where he oversaw the USAF’s radiation oncology care.

Dr. Hoopes completed a radiation oncology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and was selected to serve as chief resident. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and received his B.A. at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

When Dr. Hoopes is not caring for his patients, he enjoys raising his four children with his wife, Megan. They love to spend time outdoors camping, hiking, cycling and at the beach. Dr. Hoopes also served two years as a missionary in the Canary Islands and speaks fluent Spanish. He always looks forward to meeting and providing care for Spanish-speaking patients and their families.



​Mateusz Gola is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Neural Computations at UC San Diego and supervises the research team conducting studies with adults at the Center for Neuromodulation. He is Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-PI of basic research on the neural mechanisms underlying effective personalized repetitive transcranial stimulation (PrTMS), open label PrTMS treatment for substance addictions, clinical trial research on PrTMS treatment for opioid addiction, clinical trial research on PrTMS treatment for opioid addiction,. and clinical trial research on PrTMS treatment for cognitive impairments after chemotherapy.

Mateusz Gola obtained his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland and obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Polish Society for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition to his role at UC San Diego, he is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Lab at Polish Academy of Sciences where he conducts research on psychological and neuronal mechanisms of behavioral addictions, mainly compulsive sexual behaviors and problematic pornography use. Dr. Gola has authored or co-authored over 50 research publications, has served as PI on seven European and U.S. grants, and currently serves as a member of the European Research Council’s Committee on Scientific Misconduct and Ethical Issues (CoIME).