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

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Kachalia A, Sivashanker K, Rexrode K, Nour N. Healthcare portraiture and unconscious bias. BMJ. 2019 Apr 12; 365:l1668. PMID: 30979700.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sivashanker K, Fanikos J, Kachalia A. Addressing the Lack of Competition in Generic Drugs to Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Nov; 33(11):2005-2007. PMID: 30091120.
  5. Verma K, Jayadeva V, Serrano R, Sivashanker K. Diagnostic, Treatment, and System Challenges in the Management of Recurrent Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome on a General Medical Service. Case Rep Psychiatry. 2018; 2018:4016087. PMID: 29992074.
  6. Hinrichs KL, Sharma S, Thurston J, Sivashanker K, Chang GH. Management of opioid use disorders among veterans in subacute rehab: Use of an interdisciplinary task force to address an emerging concern. Subst Abus. 2016; 37(1):4-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26672391; DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2015.1127871;.
  7. Sivashanker K, Mufson M, Mittal L, Ross E, Suzuki J. Challenges in managing acute on chronic pain in a pregnant woman at high risk for opioid use disorder in the general hospital setting. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Mar-Apr; 23(2):157-66. PMID: 25747928; DOI: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000080;.
  8. Sivashanker K. Cyberbullying and the digital self. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Feb; 52(2):113-5. PMID: 23357436; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2012.11.008;.

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Bar chart showing 8 publications over 4 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2019

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