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

Impact of a statewide Emergency Department Information Exchange on health care use and expenditures.
(2022 Jun)
Health Serv Res 57(3): 603-613
Sabbatini AK, McConnell KJ, Parrish C, Frogner BK, Reddy A, Zatzick DF, Kreuter W, Basu A

Nationwide Survey of Trauma Center Screening and Intervention Practices for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Firearm Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders.
(2022 Mar 1)
J Am Coll Surg 234(3): 274-287
Bulger EM, Johnson P, Parker L, Moloney KE, Roberts MK, Vaziri N, Seo S, Nehra D, Thomas P, Zatzick D

Physician recommended school accommodations and student outcomes following a mild traumatic brain injury among youth with persistent post-concussive symptoms.
NeuroRehabilitation 50(4): 467-476
Takagi-Stewart J, Johnson AM, Smith MB, Wang J, Marcynyszyn LA, Zatzick DF, McCarty CA, Rivara FP, Vavilala MS

Exploring Heterogeneity of Stepped Collaborative Care Treatment Response Trajectories after Adolescent Sports Injury Concussion.
(2022 Feb 9)
Hilt RJ, McCarty CA, Rivara FP, Wang J, Marcynyszyn LA, Chrisman SPD, Johnson AM, Zatzick DF

The Emergency Department Longitudinal Integrated Care (ED-LINC) intervention targeting opioid use disorder: A pilot randomized clinical trial.
(2022 May)
J Subst Abuse Treat 136(): 108666
Whiteside LK, Huynh L, Morse S, Hall J, Meurer W, Banta-Green CJ, Scheuer H, Cunningham R, McGovern M, Zatzick DF

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