Karthik Sivashanker, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

85 E. Newton St Fuller Building

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Medicine, MD
  • Northwestern University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 6/11/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 12/16/2015

    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. PMID: 26672391.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    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.

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  • Published on 2/1/2013

    Sivashanker K. Cyberbullying and the digital self. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Feb; 52(2):113-5. PMID: 23357436.

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