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

Computerized cognitive and social cognition training in schizophrenia for impulsive aggression.
(2022 Nov 21)
Schizophr Res
Khan A, Lindenmayer JP, Insel B, Seddo M, Demirli E, DeFazio K, Sullivan M, Hoptman MJ, Ahmed AO

A Preliminary Study of Stress, Mental Health, and Pain Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Odds of Persistent Prescription Opioid Use.
(2022 Nov 16)
J Gen Intern Med
Scherrer JF, Miller-Matero LR, Sullivan MD, Chrusciel T, Salas J, Davidson W, Zabel C, Wilson L, Lustman P, Ahmedani B

Understanding the Risks of Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain.
(2022 Oct)
Am J Psychiatry 179(10): 696-698
Sullivan MD, Ballantyne JC

A Qualitative Description of Clinician Free-Text Rationales Entered within Accountable Justification Interventions.
(2022 Aug)
Appl Clin Inform 13(4): 820-827
Brown T, Zelch B, Lee JY, Doctor JN, Linder JA, Sullivan MD, Goldstein NJ, Rowe TA, Meeker D, Knight T, Friedberg MW, Persell SD

Development and Testing of a Communication Intervention to Improve Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2022 Oct 1)
Clin J Pain 38(10): 620-631
Henry SG, Fenton JJ, Campbell CI, Sullivan M, Weinberg G, Naz H, Graham WM, Dossett ML, Kravitz RL

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