Linda Ganzini, M.D., M.P.H.

Linda Ganzini

Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, OHSU

Staff Psychiatrist, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service and Outpatient Mental Health, Portland VAMC

Director, Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Palliative Care, PVAMC

Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, OHSU

Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, OHSU

Director of Health Services Research and Development, Portland VAMC


1978, BA, Yale University
1983, MD, OHSU
1983-84, Internal Medicine Resident, OHSU
1984-87, Psychiatry Resident, OHSU
1986-87, Chief Resident, Psychiatry, OHSU
1987-89, Gerontology Fellow, PVAMC
2003, MPH, Emphasis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, OHSU


Certification, Awards

Diplomate, 1989, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry, 1991, 2000, 2010 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Project on Death in America, Faculty Scholars Award, 1998-2000

Best Doctors in America, Psychiatry, 2005-2010


Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Ganzini joined the OHSU Department of Psychiatry faculty immediately upon completion of a gerontology fellowship at the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) and a visiting fellowship in psychogeriatrics at Guy's-Hithergreen Hospital, London, in 1989. She also joined the psychiatry staff at the Portland VA as Director of Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (1989-98). From 1994-97, she was director of the OHSU Medical Student Clerkship in Psychiatry, and from 1996-2001, she was Associate Director of the OHSU Psychiatry Residency Training Program. The department honored her with the Psychiatry Residency Teaching Award in 1991 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 in recognition of her contributions to the residency training program. She was awarded the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association in 1997 and the Faculty Development Award, in 2003. She has been Director of the Health Services Research and Development Enhancement Award Program at the Portland VAMC between 2006 and 2013.   She is currently the Associate Director of the HSR&D Center of Innovation. 

Dr. Ganzini's research interests are centered in the areas of geriatric mental health, end-of-life care issues, and improving palliative care for the terminally ill. She received the Young Investigator Award from the NIMH International Congress on Schizophrenia Research in 1991, and in 1993, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology presented her with its Young Investigator Award. She received the Portland Veterans Affairs Health Care Research Award in 1994 and the 2005 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Research Award. Dr. Ganzini has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, invited articles, book chapters, editorials and commentaries on the topics of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act , physician aid-in-dying, assessing mental health in the terminally ill, and medical ethics among psychiatrists and health care providers.