Karthik Sivashanker, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Karthik Sivashanker
617.638.4934
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

Websites

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 10/19/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 10/15/2020

    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. 2020 Oct 15. PMID: 33063202.

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  • Published on 8/21/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 5/13/2020

    Cleveland Manchanda E, Couillard C, Sivashanker K. Inequity in Crisis Standards of Care. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jul 23; 383(4):e16. PMID: 32402154.

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  • Published on 5/12/2020

    Sivashanker K, Rossman J, Resnick A, Berwick DM. Covid-19 and decarceration. BMJ. 2020 May 12; 369:m1865. PMID: 32398350.

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  • Published on 5/8/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 1/23/2020

    Sivashanker K, Gandhi TK. Advancing Safety and Equity Together. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jan 23; 382(4):301-303. PMID: 31971673.

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  • Published on 4/12/2019

    Kachalia A, Sivashanker K, Rexrode K, Nour N. Healthcare portraiture and unconscious bias. BMJ. 2019 Apr 12; 365:l1668. PMID: 30979700.

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