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Hal S. Wortzel, MD

Associate Professor

Contact Info:

Denver Veterans Hospital
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO  80220
Email:  Dr. Wortzel
Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Wortzel is interested in Aggression and suicide in context of TBI and PTSD.  Forensic applications of emerging neuroimaging techniques.​

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

Amherst College, 1996 BA

New York University School of Medicine, 2001 MD

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
Recent Selected Publications:

Wortzel HSGutierrez 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

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 
This study will examine blister packaging medications to increase adherence and decrease suicidality. 
Study period:  9/29/09-9/28/13 
Role: Co-Investigator


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.
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
Study period:  01/01/2013-08/31/2017
Role:Medical Monitor/Executive Committee
Time: In Kind