Douglas Zatzick, MD

Personal Statement

Douglas Zatzick, M.D. is currently a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington School of Medicine. Over the past two decades, he has developed a public health approach to trauma-focused research and clinical work that has emphasized clinical epidemiologic, functional outcome, and early intervention studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related co-morbid conditions. From 2009-2012, he served as Chairperson of the National Institute of Mental Health, Services in Non-specialty settings (NIMH, SRNS) Study Section. He served on the congressionally mandated United States Institute of Medicine four-year ongoing assessment of PTSD treatment, and the World Health Organization PTSD Guideline Development Group. He has participated in disaster relief and early intervention efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. He was medical director of the University of Washington’s Harborview Level 1 Trauma Center Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service, and in this capacity provided front-line clinical services to ethno-culturally diverse acutely injured trauma survivors. As a part of multidisciplinary collaborative group that includes empiricist trauma surgical policy makers, he is working to use clinical trial results to influence policy for PTSD screening and intervention at trauma centers throughout the United States.


Univ. of Calif. SOM, San Diego Medical education, 1989
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Psyc) Residency, Psychiatry
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Psyc) Internship, Psychiatry
Univ. of Calif. Davis Teaching Appointment
UCSF - Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Fellowship

Recent Publications

Can Baseline Patient Clinical and Demographic Characteristics Predict Response to Early Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Interventions After Physical Injury?
(2024 Summer)
Psychiatry 87(2): 134-148
Birk N, Russo J, Heagerty P, Parker L, Moloney K, Bulger E, Whiteside L, Moodliar R, Engstrom A, Wang J, Palinkas L, Abu K, Zatzick D

Engaging and following physical injury survivors at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A 25 site US national study.
(2024 May)
Injury 55(5): 111426
Shoyer J, Ruggiero KJ, Abu K, Birk N, Conde C, Ryan P, Knutzen T, Engstrom A, Russo J, Wang J, Zatzick DF

Can stepped collaborative care interventions improve post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms for racial and ethnic minority injury survivors?
Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 9(1): e001232
Abu K, Bedard-Gilligan M, Moodliar R, Bulger EM, Hernandez A, Knutzen T, Shoyer J, Birk N, Conde C, Engstrom A, Ryan P, Wang J, Russo J, Zatzick DF

Factors Affecting Post-trial Sustainment or De-implementation of Study Interventions: A Narrative Review.
(2024 May)
J Gen Intern Med 39(6): 1029-1036
Green T, Bosworth HB, Coronado GD, DeBar L, Green BB, Huang SS, Jarvik JG, Mor V, Zatzick D, Weinfurt KP, Check DK

Stepped collaborative care versus American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma required screening and referral for posttraumatic stress disorder: Clinical trial protocol.
(2024 Jan)
Contemp Clin Trials 136(): 107380
Knutzen T, Bulger E, Iles-Shih M, Hernandez A, Engstrom A, Whiteside L, Birk N, Abu K, Shoyer J, Conde C, Ryan P, Wang J, Russo J, Heagerty P, Palinkas L, Zatzick D

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