Jesse Fann, MD, MPH

Personal Statement

I am a consultation-liaison psychiatrist and health services researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Epidemiology. I am also Medical Director of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. My research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology, health services research, psychiatric oncology, and neuropsychiatry. In my clinical practice, I use a comprehensive, multifaceted approach that may include medications or counseling to help patients achieve their goals. My primary interest is helping people who are coping with medical illness. I am particularly interested in developing better approaches to delivering person-centered psychiatric care to these populations.


Stanford University, BS, Electrical Engineering, 1985
Northwestern University Medical School, MD, 1989
Columbus Hospital (Chicago), Transitional Internship, 1990
University of Washington Affil. Hosps. Residency, Psychiatry, 1993
University of Washington Affil. Hosps. Fellowship, Psychiatry Research, 1995
University of Washington School of Public Health, MPH, Epidemiology, 1996

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, UW School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Investigator, UW Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Associate Member, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center

Teaching Philosophy

​The privilege of sharing my clinical and research knowledge with the next generation of clinicians and researchers is an important component of my own ongoing professional growth and academic mission at the University of Washington. I have learned that by respectfully partnering with students and trainees to help them achieve their educational and professional goals, they learn to work in a collegial framework that will serve them in their future professional careers. I believe that one of the most important challenges as a mentor is teaching scientific rigor while simultaneously stimulating individual creativity.

Recent Publications

Patient and Caregiver Satisfaction With the Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Improving the Transition Experience (BRITE) Intervention.
(2024 May 13)
J Head Trauma Rehabil
Moore M, Kempthorne L, Fann JR, Shulein O, Dams-O'Connor K, Kajankova M, Conrick KM, Seeliger J, Hoffman JM

Utility of in-session assessments during cognitive behavioral therapy for depression after traumatic brain injury: Results from a randomized controlled trial.
NeuroRehabilitation 54(2): 245-257
Erickson JM, Williams R, Bombardier CH, Fann JR

Collaborative Care Versus Usual Care to Improve Quality of Life, Pain, Depression, and Physical Activity in Outpatients With Spinal Cord Injury: The SCI-CARE Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.
(2023 Dec)
J Neurotrauma 40(23-24): 2667-2679
Bombardier CH, Fann JR, Ehde DM, Reyes MR, Burns SP, Barber JK, Temkin NR

A Positive Distress Screen…Now What? An Updated Call for Integrated Psychosocial Care.
(2023 Nov 1)
J Clin Oncol 41(31): 4837-4841
Tsao PA, Fann JR, Nevedal AL, Bloor LE, Krein SL, Caram MEV

NCCN Guidelines® Insights: Distress Management, Version 2.2023.
(2023 May)
J Natl Compr Canc Netw 21(5): 450-457
Riba MB, Donovan KA, Ahmed K, Andersen B, Braun I, Breitbart WS, Brewer BW, Corbett C, Fann J, Fleishman S, Garcia S, Greenberg DB, Handzo GF, Hoofring LH, Huang CH, Hutchinson S, Johns S, Keller J, Kumar P, Lahijani S, Martin S, Niazi SK, Pailler M, Parnes F, Rao V, Salman J, Scher E, Schuster J, Teply M, Usher A, Valentine AD, Vanderlan J, Lyons MS, McMillian NR, Darlow SD

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