Lauren Whiteside
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Whiteside an Emergency Medicine physician with interdisciplinary post-graduate and fellowship training and a long-term commitment to caring for and improving the outcomes of patients with substance use disorders and substance use problems.  She cares for patients in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center.  Patients with substance use disorders often have co-occurring mental health and medical comorbidity and the ED is a critical healthcare location for treatment and linkage to services.  She has lead efforts to improve the care of patients with substance use disorders in the ED including development of our take-home naloxone program and ED-initiated buprenorphine pathway and works with interdisciplinary partners on initiatives related to screening, brief intervention and transitions of care for this vulnerable population.  She has partnered with Seattle King County Public Health (SKCPH) to improve the care of patients with opioid use disorder from the ED across King County. Dr. Whiteside has funding from the National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

For more information, please see ORCID profile.

Education & Training: 
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan Residency Program, University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI
Research Fellowship
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA T32); Substance Abuse Division, Department of Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI
MS, Health and Health Care Research
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center
Box 359702
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle WA 98104-2499

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Opioid use disorder

Substance use

Mental health


Transitions of care

Clinical Interests: 

Emergency Medicine


Substance use care and the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder from the ED


See Dr. Whiteside's Google Scholar Page.

Whiteside LK, Walton MA, Bohnert AS, Blow FC, Bonar EE, Ehrlich P, Cunningham RM. Nonmedical Prescription Opioid and Sedative Use Among Adolescents in the Emergency Department. Pediatrics. 2013; 132(5): 825-832.

Whiteside LK, Russo J, Wang J, Ranney ML, Neam V, Zatzick DF. Predicators of Sustained Prescription Opioid Use After Admission for Trauma in Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016; 58(1): 92-7.

Whiteside LK, Cunningham RM, Bonar EE, Blow F, Ehrlich P, Walton MA. Nonmedical Prescription Stimulant Use Among Youth in the Emergency Department: Prevalence, Severity and Correlates. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2015; 48(1): 21-7.

Zatzick DF, Russo J, Darnell D, Chambers DA, Palankas L, Van Eaton E, Wang J, Ingraham LM, Guiney R, Heagerty P, Comstock B, Whiteside LK, Jurkovich G. An effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial study protocol targeting posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbidity. Implement Sci. 2016;11(1)58. PMID 27130272

Zatzick D, Donnovan D, Dunn C, Russo J, Wing J, Jurkovich G, Rivara F, Whiteside L, Ries R, Gentilello L. Substance Use and PTSD Symptoms in Trauma Center Patients Receiving Mandated Alcohol SBI. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2012; 43(4): 410-417.