Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD

Personal Statement

My clinical service and research focuses on the interaction of mental and physical illness, especially in patients with chronic pain. Much of my research in recent decades has focused on the risks of treating chronic pain with opioids. I have developed educational programs and outcome tracking tools to assist with opioid treatment of chronic pain. I have published a book about patient empowerment in chronic disease care, The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care (Oxford, 2017). I have another book written with Jane Ballantyne forthcoming, The Right to Pain Relief and other deep roots of the opioid epidemic (Oxford, 2022).


Vanderbilt Univ. Sch. of Medicine Medical education, 1984
Univ. of Missouri Columbia Internship, Family Medicine
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Residency, Psychiatry

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

UWMC Center for Pain Relief

Teaching Philosophy

​I like to have trainees manage patients under my supervision. Trainees need real responsibility to learn and develop management skills.
In didactic sessions, I strive for interaction between myself and trainees. I generally teach in a seminar format centered around case presentations. I expect all trainees to contribute to the discussion and the learning of others.

Recent Publications

Baseline Characteristics From a New Longitudinal Cohort of Patients With Noncancer Pain and Chronic Opioid Use in the United States.
(2023 Oct 30)
J Pain
Secrest S, Miller-Matero LR, Chrusciel T, Salas J, Sullivan MD, Zabel C, Lustman P, Ahmedani B, Carpenter RW, Scherrer JF

Factors Associated with Interest in Engaging in Psychological Interventions for Pain Management.
(2023 Oct 11)
Clin J Pain
Miller-Matero LR, Yaldo M, Chohan S, Zabel C, Patel S, Chrusciel T, Salas J, Wilson L, Sullivan MD, Ahmedani BK, Lustman PJ, Scherrer JF

A rapid synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles for the extraction of performance enhancing drugs (PIEDs).
(2023 Sep 26)
Nanoscale Adv 5(19): 5352-5360
Sullivan MV, Fletcher C, Armitage R, Blackburn C, Turner NW

STRategies to Improve Pain and Enjoy life (STRIPE): results of a pragmatic randomized trial of pain coping skills training and opioid medication taper guidance for patients on long-term opioid therapy.
(2023 Dec 1)
Pain 164(12): 2852-2864
Wartko PD, Krakauer C, Turner JA, Cook AJ, Boudreau DM, Sullivan MD

Molecularly imprinted polymer hydrogel sheets with metalloporphyrin-incorporated molecular recognition sites for protein capture.
(2024 Jan 1)
Talanta 266(Pt 2): 125083
Sullivan MV, Nanalal S, Dean BE, Turner NW

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