Paul Borghesani, MD, PhD

Personal Statement

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). As a past recipient of a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) award, I completed his MD-PhD in the Harvard/MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology with his thesis work in development neurobiology. After completing residency training at UWSOM, I was awarded a KL2 career development grant and went on to publish in the field of structural and functional neuroimaging with an emphasis on neural changes with aging. I am board certified and currently work as a staff psychiatrist at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) where I am the Medical Director for the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). I am also the Director of Psychiatry Clerkships at the UWSOM, coordinating clinical education in psychiatry cross the 5 state WWAMI region (WA, WY, AL, MT and ID). In this capacity, I routinely lectures to primary care providers and residents on suicidality, psychosis, psychopharmacology and drug abuse.


Geriatric Research, VA Puget Sound, 2005-2007
Psychiatry, University of Washington, 2001-2005
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1992-2001
PhD, Neurobiology , Harvard University, 1994-1999
BS, Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989-1992

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Introduction of a Novel Ethics Curriculum to the Third-Year Psychiatry Clerkship Experience.
(2023 Dec)
Acad Psychiatry 47(6): 646-652
Kelly T, Kelly K, Borghesani P

Elements of an Excellent Psychiatry Clerkship Experience: A Survey Study of Graduating Medical Students.
(2021 Apr)
Acad Psychiatry 45(2): 174-179
Russo RA, Griffeth BT, Combs H, Dinsell V, Palka JM, Morreale MK, Borghesani PR, Harper BL, Hilty DM, Fore-Arcand L

Lethal Means Assessment in Psychiatric Emergency Services: Frequency and Characteristics of Assessment.
(2022 Jan-Mar)
Arch Suicide Res 26(1): 112-126
Massey AE, Borghesani P, Stuber J, Ratzliff A, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

Network Optimization of Functional Connectivity Within Default Mode Network Regions to Detect Cognitive Decline.
(2017 Jul)
IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 25(7): 1079-1089
Chaovalitwongse WA, Won D, Seref O, Borghesani P, Askren MK, Willis S, Grabowski TJ

Electroconvulsive therapy for catatonia in an 18-year-old patient presenting with mixed features of schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(2014 Sep)
J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 24(7): 411-3
Haack SA, Borghesani PR, Green AJ, Neumaier JF, Shyn SI

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