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

The revised International Association for the Study of Pain definition of pain: concepts, challenges, and compromises.
(2020 May 23)
Raja SN, Carr DB, Cohen M, Finnerup NB, Flor H, Gibson S, Keefe FJ, Mogil JS, Ringkamp M, Sluka KA, Song XJ, Stevens B, Sullivan MD, Tutelman PR, Ushida T, Vader K

Current Review of Renal Autotransplantation in the UK.
(2020 Jul 15)
Curr Urol Rep 21(9): 33
Vrakas G, Sullivan M

Use of convalescent plasma in hospitalized patients with COVID-19: case series.
(2020 Aug 6)
Blood 136(6): 759-762
Hegerova L, Gooley TA, Sweerus KA, Maree C, Bailey N, Bailey M, Dunleavy V, Patel K, Alcorn K, Haley R, Johnsen JM, Konkle BA, Lahti AC, Alexander ML, Goldman JD, Lipke A, Lim SJ, Sullivan MD, Pauk JS, Pagel JM

Reply to Cohen and Murnion.
(2020 Jul)
Pain 161(7): 1683
Ballantyne JC, Sullivan MD, Koob GF

The Prescription Opioids and Depression Pathways Cohort Study.
J Psychiatr Brain Sci 5():
Scherrer JF, Ahmedani B, Autio K, Debar L, Lustman PJ, Miller-Matero LR, Salas J, Secrest S, Sullivan MD, Wilson L, Skiold-Hanlin S

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