Mark Sullivan, Executive Director

Mark D. Sullivan, MD, PhD

Dr. Mark Sullivan is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He provides psychiatric consultation services in the UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief, with a focus on diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders in patients with chronic pain. He has over 25 years of experience treating chronic pain in both specialty and primary care settings. He has developed, tested, and deployed a variety of web-based training resources concerning opioid therapy for chronic pain.

Dr. Mark Sullivan has directed multiple NIDA-funded studies into the pharmaco-epidemiology of prescription opioids in the past decade. He currently directs a randomized trial of opioid taper support for patients wishing to discontinue opioid therapy. Dr. Mark Sullivan has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, many on chronic pain. He assisted in the development and evaluation of the Washington State Opioid Dosing Guidelines (2010). He has been chair of the Ethics Committee and member of the Education Committee of the American Pain Society, member of the Ethics Committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and a member of the editorial board for the journal Pain.