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

Pain Intensity as a Lagging Indicator of Patient Improvement: Longitudinal Relationships with Sleep, Psychiatric Distress, and Function in Multidisciplinary Care.
(2020 Oct 16)
J Pain
Sturgeon JA, Langford D, Tauben D, Sullivan M

Depression and Buprenorphine Treatment in Patients with Non-cancer Pain and Prescription Opioid Dependence without Comorbid Substance Use Disorders.
(2020 Sep 28)
J Affect Disord 278(): 563-569
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Grucza R, Sullivan MD, Lustman PJ, Copeland LA, Ballantyne JC

Ensuring Patient Protections When Tapering Opioids: Consensus Panel Recommendations.
(2020 Oct)
Mayo Clin Proc 95(10): 2155-2171
Covington EC, Argoff CE, Ballantyne JC, Cowan P, Gazelka HM, Hooten WM, Kertesz SG, Manhapra A, Murphy JL, Stanos SP Jr, Sullivan MD

Differential Response of Gestational Tissues to TLR3 Viral Priming Prior to Exposure to Bacterial TLR2 and TLR2/6 Agonists.
Front Immunol 11(): 1899
Rasheed ZBM, Lee YS, Kim SH, Rai RK, Ruano CSM, Anucha E, Sullivan MHF, MacIntyre DA, Bennett PR, Sykes L

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

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