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

MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine

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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

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  1. 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 Aug 21. PMID: 32948469
  2. 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
  3. Sivashanker K, Rossman J, Resnick A, Berwick DM. Covid-19 and decarceration. BMJ. 2020 May 12; 369:m1865. PMID: 32398350
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Pimentel MP, Billings F, Sivashanker K, Sarin P, Fields K, Cotugno M, Eappen S, Urman RD. Reducing Medication Waste While Improving Access to Sugammadex: A Quality Improvement Project in Medication Stewardship. A A Pract. 2020 May; 14(7):e01223. PMID: 32539276
  7. Sivashanker K, Gandhi TK. Advancing Safety and Equity Together. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jan 23; 382(4):301-303. PMID: 31971673
  8. Kachalia A, Sivashanker K, Rexrode K, Nour N. Healthcare portraiture and unconscious bias. BMJ. 2019 Apr 12; 365:l1668. PMID: 30979700
  9. Sivashanker K, Berkoff S, Reddy S, Breu AC, Jones K, Festin F. The Medico-Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Challenges of Psychiatric Advance Directives. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2019 Mar/Apr; 27(2):119-126.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30855526
  10. Hammer MM, Kapoor N, Desai SP, Sivashanker KS, Lacson R, Demers JP, Khorasani R. Adoption of a Closed-Loop Communication Tool to Establish and Execute a Collaborative Follow-Up Plan for Incidental Pulmonary Nodules. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Feb 19; 1-5. PMID: 30779667
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