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 totrauma-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 Liasion 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

A Rapid Ethnographic Assessment of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health Services Delivery in an Acute Care Medical Emergency Department and Trauma Center.
(2021 Jul 28)
Adm Policy Ment Health
Palinkas LA, Engstrom A, Whiteside L, Moloney K, Zatzick D

Catalyzing the Translation of Patient-Centered Research Into United States Trauma Care Systems: A Case Example.
(2021 Aug 1)
Med Care 59(Suppl 4): S379-S386
Zatzick D, Moloney K, Palinkas L, Thomas P, Anderson K, Whiteside L, Nehra D, Bulger E

A Prospective US National Trauma Center Study of Firearm Injury Survivors Weapon Carriage and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms.
(2021 Oct 1)
Ann Surg 274(4): e364-e369
Nehra D, Bulger EM, Maier RV, Moloney KE, Russo J, Wang J, Anderson K, Zatzick DF

Child- compared with parent-report ratings on psychosocial measures following a mild traumatic brain injury among youth with persistent post-concussion symptoms.
(2021 Apr 16)
Brain Inj 35(5): 574-586
Johnson AM, McCarty CA, Marcynyszyn LA, Zatzick DF, Chrisman SP, Rivara FP

Stepped Collaborative Care Targeting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Comorbidity for US Trauma Care Systems: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2021 May 1)
JAMA Surg 156(5): 462-470
Zatzick D, Jurkovich G, Heagerty P, Russo J, Darnell D, Parker L, Roberts MK, Moodliar R, Engstrom A, Wang J, Bulger E, Whiteside L, Nehra D, Palinkas LA, Moloney K, Maier R

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