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

Lessons from the implementation of a trauma center-based program to support primary care providers in managing opioids and pain after trauma hospitalization.
Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 8(1): e001038
Baldwin LM, Katers LA, Sullivan MD, Gordon DB, James A, Tauben DJ, Arbabi S

Prescription stimulant use during long-term opioid therapy and risk for opioid use disorder.
(2022 Dec)
Drug Alcohol Depend Rep 5(): 100122
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Grucza R, Wilens T, Quinn PD, Sullivan MD, Rossom RC, Wright E, Piper B, Sanchez K, Lapham G

Biotin-dependent cell envelope remodelling is required for Mycobacterium abscessus survival in lung infection.
(2023 Mar)
Nat Microbiol 8(3): 481-497
Sullivan MR, McGowen K, Liu Q, Akusobi C, Young DC, Mayfield JA, Raman S, Wolf ID, Moody DB, Aldrich CC, Muir A, Rubin EJ

Prioritizing patient values for chronic pain care: a path out of the pain reduction regime?
(2023 Jan 19)
Fam Pract
Sullivan MD, Vowles KE, Powelson EB, Patel KV, Reid MC

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

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