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

Dr. Ganzini joined the OHSU Department of Psychiatry faculty immediately upon completion of a gerontology fellowship at the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) in 1989. She also joined the psychiatry staff at the Portland VA as Director of Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (1989-98, 2015-current). 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 was 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 suicide.   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.

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  • B.A., Yale University, Portland Oregon 1978
  • M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 2003
  • Residency:

    • Internal Medicine Resident, OHSU, 1983-84 Psychiatry Resident, OHSU, 1984-87 Chief Resident, Psychiatry, OHSU, 1986-87
  • Fellowship:

    • Gerontology Fellow, PVAMC, 1987-89
  • Certifications:

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


  • "'I still don't know diddly'" npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine April 16 2015
  • "Why Oregon patients request assisted death" Journal of General Internal Medicine August 2008
  • "Bipolar mania and capacity to consent" IRB January 2010
  • "Ten myths about decision-making capacity" Journal of the American Medical Directors Association July 2004
  • "Evaluation of competence to consent to assisted suicide" American Journal of Psychiatry April 2000
  • "Delirium and decisional incapacity in veterans with schizophrenia and medical illness" General Hospital Psychiatry September 2012
  • "Influence of mood state on capacity to consent to research in patients with bipolar disorder" Bipolar Disorders March 2008
  • "Interventions that may reduce depressive symptoms among prostate cancer patients" Psycho-Oncology  2015
  • "Trust is the basis for effective suicide risk screening and assessment in veterans" Journal of General Internal Medicine September 2013
  • "A piece of my mind. An independent scientist." JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association September 16 1998
  • "Clinical outcomes of integrated psychiatric and general medical care" Community Mental Health Journal June 2008
  • "Attitudes of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their care givers toward assisted suicide" New England Journal of Medicine October 1 1998
  • "Communication by nurses in the intensive care unit" American Journal of Critical Care November 2012
  • "Comment on ganzini and dobscha regarding comparing rates of physician-assisted suicide in oregon with that of other states" Journal of Clinical Ethics December 2004
  • "Ten myths about decision-making capacity" Journal of the American Medical Directors Association May 2005
  • "Caring for medical students as patients" Academic Medicine March 2000
  • "Care of patients with delirium at the end of life" Annals of Long-Term Care March 2007
  • "Military Veterans' Experiences with Suicidal Ideation" Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior August 1 2015
  • "Interest in physician-assisted suicide among Oregon cancer patients" Journal of Clinical Ethics March 2006
  • "Oregon physicians' responses to requests for assisted suicide" Journal of Palliative Medicine June 2004
  • "Appreciation of research information in patients with bipolar disorder" Bipolar Disorders August 2008
  • "Capacity to consent to research among patients with bipolar disorder" Journal of Affective Disorders June 2004
  • "Views on Physician-Assisted Suicide Among Family Members of Oregon Cancer Patients" Journal of Pain and Symptom Management September 2006
  • "Physicians' experiences with the Oregon Death with Dignity Act" New England Journal of Medicine February 24 2000
  • "When patients ask about assisted suicide" Western Journal of Medicine October 1996
  • "Problem drinking among residents of a VA nursing home" International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry  1995
  • "Artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life" Palliative and Supportive Care June 2006
  • "Drug-induced mania in the elderly." Drugs and Aging September 1993
  • "Family caregivers making life-sustaining treatment decisions" Journal of Gerontological Nursing November 2005
  • "The PSDA and treatment refusal by a depressed older patient committed to the state mental hospital" HEC Forum September 1993

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