Karthik Sivashanker, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry

MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine

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Dr. Sivashanker is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and ia as a staff consultation-liaison psychiatrist in VA Boston Healthcare. Dr. Sivashanker has a passion for patient safety and serves as the PI of a quality improvement initiative to enhance the screening and transfer process for patients seeking substance detoxification. This was selected as a Gold Status practice in a nationwide competition by the Under Secretary for Health.Dr. Sivashanker's research interests are examining how the opioid epidemic affecting VA patients, the absence of transplant services in New England VA Healthcare, regional interfacility transfer difficulties, and off-label use of parental ketamine for treatment-refractory depression and suicidality.

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  1. Kung S, Hu JR, Sivashanker K. Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders Must Stand Up Against Anti-Blackness in Medicine. Acad Med. 2021 06 01; 96(6):773-774. PMID: 34031295
  2. Sivashanker K, Bell G, Khorasani R, Lacson R, Lipsitz S, Neville B, Sequist T, Desai S. Electronic Health Record Transition and Impact on Screening Test Follow-Up. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2021 07; 47(7):422-430. PMID: 33958289
  3. Desai S, Kapoor N, Hammer MM, Levie A, Sivashanker K, Lacson R, Khorasani R. RADAR: A Closed-Loop Quality Improvement Initiative Leveraging A Safety Net Model for Incidental Pulmonary Nodule Management. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2021 05; 47(5):275-281. PMID: 33478839
  4. Sivashanker K, Couillard C, Goldsmith J, Walker N, Eappen S. Addressing the caste system in U.S. healthcare in the era of COVID-19. Int J Equity Health. 2020 10 19; 19(1):184. PMID: 33076929; PMCID: PMC7569192; DOI: 10.1186/s12939-020-01298-x;
  5. Ahmed S, Nutt CT, Eneanya ND, Reese PP, Sivashanker K, Morse M, Sequist T, Mendu ML. Examining the Potential Impact of Race Multiplier Utilization in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Calculation on African-American Care Outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 02; 36(2):464-471. PMID: 33063202; PMCID: PMC7878608; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06280-5;
  6. Desai S, Eappen S, Murray K, Sivashanker K, Fiumara K, Resnick A. Rapid-Cycle Improvement During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Using Safety Reports to Inform Incident Command. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 12; 46(12):715-718. PMID: 32948469; PMCID: PMC7442161; DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.08.009;
  7. Cleveland Manchanda E, Couillard C, Sivashanker K. Inequity in Crisis Standards of Care. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jul 23; 383(4):e16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32402154
  8. Sivashanker K, Rossman J, Resnick A, Berwick DM. Covid-19 and decarceration. BMJ. 2020 May 12; 369:m1865. PMID: 32398350
  9. Sivashanker K, Mendu ML, Wickner P, Hartley T, Desai S, Fiumara K, Resnick A, Salmasian H. Communication with Patients and Families Regarding Health Care-Associated Exposure to Coronavirus 2019: A Checklist to Facilitate Disclosure. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 08; 46(8):483-488. PMID: 32507465; PMCID: PMC7205615; DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.04.010;
  10. Wickner P, Hartley T, Salmasian H, Sivashanker K, Rhee C, Fiumara K, Resnick A, Mendu ML. Communication with Health Care Workers Regarding Health Care-Associated Exposure to Coronavirus 2019: A Checklist to Facilitate Disclosure. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 08; 46(8):477-482. PMID: 32487363; PMCID: PMC7204733; DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.04.012;
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