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 or heart disease. Much of my research in the past decade 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 am interested in expanding the role for the patient in the care of chronic illness and am completing a book on this topic.​


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

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

From natural disaster to pandemic: A health-system pharmacy rises to the challenge.
(2020 May 16)
Am J Health Syst Pharm
Zuckerman AD, Patel PC, Sullivan M, Potts A, Knostman M, Humphreys E, O'Neal M, Bryant A, Torr DK, Lobo B, Peek G, Kelley T, Manfred J, Tomichek J, Crothers G, Catlin R, Brumagin HE, Hughes L, Hayman J

Challenges of early renal cancer detection: symptom patterns and incidental diagnosis rate in a multicentre prospective UK cohort of patients presenting with suspected renal cancer.
(2020 May 11)
BMJ Open 10(5): e035938
Vasudev NS, Wilson M, Stewart GD, Adeyoju A, Cartledge J, Kimuli M, Datta S, Hanbury D, Hrouda D, Oades G, Patel P, Soomro N, Sullivan M, Webster J, Selby PJ, Banks RE

Theoretical Grounds of Pain Tracker Self Manager: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Digital Intervention for Patients with Chronic Pain.
(2020 Jan)
J Contextual Behav Sci 15(): 172-180
Vilardaga R, Davies PS, Vowles KE, Sullivan MD

Outcomes in Long-term Opioid Tapering and Buprenorphine Transition: A Retrospective Clinical Data Analysis.
(2020 Mar 12)
Pain Med
Sturgeon JA, Sullivan MD, Parker-Shames S, Tauben D, Coelho P

Commentary on Higgins et al. (2020): How are chronic pain, psychological distress and opioid dependence related?
(2020 Feb)
Addiction 115(2): 259-260
Sullivan MD

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