Paul R. Borghesani M.D., Ph.D.

Paul R. Borghesani M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise



Psychiatry and Behavioral Health




Primary Location

Psychiatry Consultation Service at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.744.3452|Map It 


Paul Borghesani is an assistant professor in the clinician educator pathway at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and concentrates his clinical work at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) on the psychiatric intensive care unit (ICU). He has a strong interest in the neurobiology of psychiatric disease and how aging, disease and exposure effect healthy brain aging. These interests arose as he completed his Ph.D. in basic neurobiology where he studied processes involved in brain development. He currently collaborates with faculty at the UWMC in studying aging and cognitive impairment. The overall goal of his research is to understand what constitutes healthy or optimal cognitive aging and how we can use neuroimaging to differentiate benign age-related cognitive changes from early dementia. On the psychiatric ICU, he puts his knowledge of neuroscience and brain health together to provide optimal pharmacologic management of patients in the midst of acute psychotic illnesses. He also works in the psychiatric emergency room at HMC and provides telepsychiatric consultations to clients at Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, WA. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education and serves as the assistant director of the psychiatry clerkship at the UWMC.

Clinical Interests

Bipolar and related disorders; delirium; dementia and other neurocognitive disorders; neurocognitive disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders; schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; traumatic brain injuries; depressive disorders; disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders; cognition; learning and memory; emergency psychiatry; neurobehavior; medical care of the seriously mentally ill; neuropsychiatry; neurosciences.  


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education2001
ERIC Research FellowshipFellowship
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesResidencyPsychiatry
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyPsychiatry2007
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