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Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM

Woodward Chisholm Professor and Chair




Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-9753 Office


I became a Family Physician because I’m an unapologetic generalist. Our health is affected by an astounding breadth of factors, and effective healthcare takes the range of these factors into account. That is interesting and rewarding. From 1980 through 1982 I was a research fellow in Family Medicine, and for two decades thereafter I was a mental health services researcher, studying how mental disorders and unexplained physical symptoms presented and were managed in primary care. Even after becoming a chair in 1996 I remained interested in the incorporation of mental healthcare into the primary care setting, and with the resurgence of interest in transforming primary care into the Patient-Centered Medical Home, I have retained my conviction that good primary care always includes mental and behavioral factors, and requires health behavior change. So I am especially interested in making sure that the PCMH really is for the whole person—mind, behavior, family, as well as body.

Chairing a Department of Family Medicine is extraordinarily rewarding, especially here. When talented people pull toward a common vision, it makes a big difference. That happens a lot here, because the talent is huge and we work together well. So I have colleagues I’m proud to work with, and products I’m proud to have worked on.


Mental disorders in the primary care setting. PCMH transformations. Unexplained physical symptoms. Multilevel, multimodal evaluation of practice change interventions.


Chairing this department includes membership on the University Hospital’s Medical Board; membership on UPI’s Board of Directors, and membership on the School of Medicine’s Executive Committee. Editorial Board of the Annals of Family Medicine; Families, Systems & Health; and the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Ad hoc reviewer for NIMH, HRSA, RWJF and AHRQ grants. Scientific Advisory Committee, University of Michigan Depression Center; Treasurer, National Network of Depression Centers.

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Association of Departments of Family Medicine
  • North American Primary Care Research Group (President-Elect)
  • Family Physicians Inquiries Network (Chair of Board)
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (President)

Johnson JG, Spitzer RL, Williams JBW, Linzer M, Kroenke K, Hahn SR, deGruy FV, Brody D. Psychiatric comorbidity, health status, and functional impairment associated with alcohol abuse and dependence in primary care patients: findings of the PRIME-MD 1000 study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1995; 63:133-140.

Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Linzer M, Hahn SR, Williams JBW, deGruy FV, Brody D, Davies M. Health related quality of life in primary care patients with mental disorders: results from the PRIME-MD 1000 study. JAMA 1995; 274:1511-1517.

Hahn SR, Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Brody D, Williams JBW, Linzer M, deGruy FV. The difficult patient: prevalence, psychopathology and impairment. J Gen Int Med 1996; 11:1-8.

deGruy FV & Pincus HA. The DSM-IV-PC: a manual for diagnosing mental disorders in the primary care setting. Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, July-Aug 1996, Vol. 9, No. 4: 274-281.

Dickinson WP, deGruy FV, Dickinson LM, Mullins HC, Acker S, Gilmer V. The family systems assessment tool. Families, Systems, and Health. 1996; 14:57-61

Linzer M, Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JBW, Hahn SR, Brody D, deGruy FV,. Gender, quality of life and mental disorders in primary care: results from the PRIME MD 1000 Study. American Journal of Medicine. 1996; 101: 526-533.

Schulberg HC, Magruder KM, deGruy FV. Major depression in primary medical care practice: a review and future research priorities. General Hospital Psychiatry. 1996, 18: 395-406.

deGruy FV. Mental Healthcare in the Primary Care Setting: A Paradigm Problem. Families, Systems & Health. 1997; 15:3-26.

Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, deGruy FV, Hahn SR, Linzer M, Williams JBW, Brody D; Davies M. Multisomatoform disorder: an alternative to undifferentiated somatoform disorder in primary care. Archives of General Psychiatry 1997; 54:352-358.

Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, deGruy FV, Swindle R. A symptom checklist to screen for somatoform disorders in primary care. Psychosomatics. 1998; 39:263-272.

Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Dickinson WP, Candib LM. Health-related quality of life and symptom profiles of female survivors of sexual abuse. Archives of Family Medicine. 1999; 8:35-43.

Brody D, Spitzer, RL, Hahn SR, Williams JBW, Kroenke K, Linzer M. deGruy FV. New diagnostic criteria for depression in the primary care setting.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 1998.

Dickinson, LM, deGruy, FV, Dickinson WP, Candib LM. Complex PTSD: evidence from the primary care setting. General Hospital Psychiatry. 1998, 20:214-224.

Brody DS, Hahn SR, Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Linzer M, deGruy FV, Williams JBW. Identifying depressed patients in the primary care setting: a more efficient method. Archives of Internal Medicine. 1998.

Johnson GD, Formichella C, Thomas JS, Bhaumik D, deGruy FV, Riordan C.  Stress and Distress among Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishermen.  Human Organization. 1998; 7:404-413.

Brody, DS, Dietrich A, deGruy FV, Kroenke, K. The Depression in Primary Care Tool Kit.  International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, Biopsychsocial Aspects of Primary Care. Vol 30(2), 2000.

Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Main DS, Candib LM, Rost K. A randomized clinical trial of a care recommendation letter intervention for somatization in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine 2003, 1:228-235

Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Candib LM, Main DS, Libby AM, Rost K. The somatization in primary care study: a tale of three diagnoses. General Hospital Psychiatry 2003, 25:1-7

Steiner JF, Kempe A, Davidson AJ, Dickinson WP, Westfall JM, Berman S, Kutner JS, deGruy FV. The case for interdepartmental research in primary care. Academic Medicine 2004; 79:617-622.

Morrato EH, Libby AM, Orton HD, Allen R, Valuck RJ, deGruy FV. Antidepressant medication management and frequency of provider contact after FDA warning on suicidal risk of antidepressants in children. Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:42-50.

Dickinson LM, Dickinson WP, Rost K, deGruy FV, Emsermann C, Froshaug D, Nutting P, Meredith L. Clinician burden and depression treatment: disentangling patient- and clinician-level effects of medical comorbidity. J Gen Internal Med 2008.