Sermsak Lolak, MD, FACLP

Oncology Psychiatrist

Dr. Lolak is a staff oncology psychiatrist at Life with Cancer and part of the physician team at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Dr. Lolak has been primarily working with medically-ill patients since 2004. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the George Washington University, followed by fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (psychiatry in the medically ill) at Inova Fairfax Hospital/Georgetown University. During that time, he co-facilitated the Coalesce Breast Cancer group at Life with Cancer which inspired his interest in working with cancer patients and survivors.

Prior to returning to Inova in 2015, Dr. Lolak served as a faculty member and psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and GWU. In 2012, Dr. Lolak was awarded the Rathmann Family Foundation Faculty Fellow in Medical Education and Patient-Centered Care by Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, he completed the Teacher Training Program with the Stanford Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a certified teacher for its Compassion Cultivation Training program which he teaches at Life with Cancer. He is currently a Fellow of Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (FACLP) and serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University (Inova Fairfax Campus) and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at GWU.

Dr. Lolak specializes in the management of mental health issues such as depression, stress, and anxiety in the context of cancer diagnosis and treatment, including drug interactions between cancer therapies and psychiatric medications. He also has a special interest in mind-body and contemplative practices, especially mindfulness and compassion cultivation, as well as the issue of clinician burnout. He has co-authored several publications and given a number of presentations at a national level.