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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Hal S. Wortzel, MD
            Hal S. Wortzel, MD

 

VISN 19 MIRECC
Denver Veterans Hospital
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO  80220
303-596-8339
Email:  Dr. Wortzel

 

Hal S. Wortzel, MD

Associate Professor


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS, PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS, AND HONORS

Positions and Employment:

Instructor/Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2005 – 2008

Faculty, Program in Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2007 – present

Faculty, Program in Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2007 – present 

Faculty, Neurobehavior Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2008 - present 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2008 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UC-SOM, 2012 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UC-SOM, 2013 - 2014

Adjunct Faculty, Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, 2013 - present

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UC-SOM, 2014 - present

Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Denver Veterans Hospital 

  • Director, Neuropsychiatric Consultation Services
  • Director, Physician Fellowship Program  
  • Co-Director, VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program

Director, Neuropsychiatry Service, UC-SOM

 

Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

Chief Resident, Consultation-Liaison and Out-Patient Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2004 - 2005

Fellow, Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC-SOM, 2005 - 2006

Fellow, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, UC-SOM, 2006 - 2008

Fellow, Advanced Psychiatry, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2006 - 2008

Memberships in Professional Societies:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha:  2001 – present
  • American Psychiatric Association: 2002 – present 
  • Colorado Psychiatric Society: 2002 – present 
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and Law: 2005 – present
  • American Neuropsychiatric Association: 2006 – present
  • American Medical Association: 2004 – present
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences: 2009 – present
        

Honors:

Alpha Omega Alpha, New York University School of Medicine, 2001

Michael K. Cooper Professorship in Neurocognitive Disease, 2012
Fellow, American Neuropsychiatric Association, 2014

Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2014

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Lecturer, Nervous System, UC-SOM, 2007 - present

Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience Course, Residency Training Program, UC-SOM (Lecturer: 2008 - present; Co-Director: 2009 - 2011; Director: 20012 - present)

Lecturer, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Seminar Series, UC-SOM, 2008 - present

Guest Lecturer, Psychiatry and the Law, Sturm Law School, Denver University, 2010 - present

Lecturer, Psychology Intern Serminar Series, Denver Veterans Hospital, 2011 - present

Lecturer, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Seminar Series, UC-SOM, 2012 - present

Lecturer, Behavioral Neurology Seminar, Neurology Residency Training Program, UC-SOM, 2013 - present

Lecturer, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Seminar Series, Annual TBI Curriculum, UC-SOM, 2014 - present

 

CLINICAL ACTIVITIES 

Attending in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Hospital, 2005 – present

Staff Physician (Psychiatry), Mental Health Service, DVAMC, 2006 – present

Consulting Psychiatrist, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, 2006 – present

Consulting Psychiatrist, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, HealthONE Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, 2006 - 2012


SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATION

Recent Selected Publications:

Wortzel HS, Gutierrez PM, Homaifar BY, Breshears RE, Harwood JE: Surrogate Endpoints in Suicide Research. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors 40(5):500-05, 2010

Wortzel HS, Arciniegas DB: Combat Veterans and the Death Penalty: A Forensic Neuropsychiatric Perspective.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 38(3):407-414, 2010

Wortzel HS, Strom LA, Anderson CA, Maa EH, Spitz M: Disrobing Associated with Epileptic Seizures and Forensic Implications. Journal of Forensic Sciences 57(2):550-52, 2012

Wortzel HS, Kraus MF, Filley CM, Anderson CA, Arciniegas DB: Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 39(4):511-523, 2011

Wortzel HS, Blatchford P, Conner L, Adler LE, Binswanger IA: Risk of Death for Veterans on Release from Prison. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 40(3):348-354, 2012

Wortzel HS, Arciniegas DB, Anderson CA, Vanderploeg RD, Brenner LA: A Phase I Study of Low-Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post-Concussion Syndrome and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective. Journal of Neurotrauma 29(14):2421-2424, 2012

Wortzel HS, Arciniegas DB: Treatment of Post-Traumatic Cognitive Impairments. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 14(5):493-508, 2012

Wortzel HS, Arciniegas DB: A Forensic Neuropsychiatric Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury, Aggression, and Suicide. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 41(2):274-86, 2013

Wortzel HS: The DSM-5 and Forensic Psychiatry. Law and Psychiatry Column, Journal of Psychiatric Practice 19(3): 238-241, 2013

Wortzel HS, Matarazzo B, Homaifar B: A Model for Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient. Law and Psychiatry Column, Journal of Psychiatric Practice 19(4): 323-326, 2013

Wortzel HS, Brenner LA, Arciniegas DB: Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Forensic Neuropsychiatric Perspective. Behavioral Sciences & the Law 31(6): 721-38, 2013

Wortzel HS, Shura RD, Brenner LA: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Suicide: A Systematic Review. BioMed Research International 2013; 2013: 424280. doi: 10.1155/2013/424280. Epub 2013 Nov 17

Wortzel HS, Tsiouris AJ, Filippi CG: The Potential for Medicolegal Abuse: Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Traumatic Brain Injury. American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience 5(2): 9-15, 2014

Wortzel HS, Homaifar B, Matarazzo B, Brenner LA: Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient: Stratifying Risk in Terms of Severity and Temporality. Law and Psychiatry Column, Journal of Psychiatric Practice 20(1): 63-67, 2014

Wortzel HS, Arciniegas DB: The DSM-5 Approach to the Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury and its Neuropsychiatric Sequelae. NeuroRehabilitation 34(4):613-23, 2014

 

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS (since 2013)

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Military Operational Medicine Research Program
Blister Packaging Medication to Increase Treatment Adherence and Clinical Response: Impact on Suicide-related Morbidity and Mortality
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:  Peter M. Gutierrez, PhD
This study will examine blister packaging medications to increase adherence and decrease suicidality.
Study period:  9/29/09-9/28/13
Role: Co-Investigator

 

USAMRMC/USA MED RESEARCH MAT CMD
Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to Promote Stress Resilience in those with Co-Occurring Mild TBI and PTSD
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:   Theresa D. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Study period:  02/01/2012-01/31/2014
Role:  Medical Monitor
Time: In Kind

Military Suicide Research Consortium
Window to Hope – Evaluating a Psychological Treatment for Hopelessness among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:  Lisa Brenner
Study period: 01/2011-12/2013
Role:  Medical Monitor
Time: In Kind

Department of Veterans Affairs CCTA #0001
Rivastigmine Patch in Veterans with Cognitive Impairment Following TBI
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Olga Brawman-Mintzer
Study period:  01/01/2013-08/31/2017
Role:Medical Monitor/Executive Committee
Time: In Kind