About

​Greetings! I am David.

David G. Zacharias, MD, MPH

I have over 20 years of experience working in healthcare and an extensive background in basic science and clinical research, public health, ethics, speaking, publishing, and developing programs to integrate worldview and medicine at some of the nation's top academic institutions. After completing my undergraduate and medical school education on full-tuition academic scholarships, I completed my medical residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington where I served as chief resident and graduated with a distinction in advanced psychotherapy.

Currently, I hold a faculty appointment at UW as a clinical instructor training future generations of doctors. I am also board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

David G. Zacharias, MD
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I discovered a love for the humanities—notably literature and philosophy—at an early age due to the profound way in which they have helped me to understand and appreciate the human condition. This eventually merged with an interest in medicine and a desire to help improve people's lives.

Over my life, I’ve sought to understand individuals within a wide variety of frameworks—biological, behavioral, psychological, sociological/cultural, religious/spiritual, and philosophical. This has cultivated in me a deepening appreciation for paradox, mystery, and the individual realities of other minds. I bring these perspectives into treatment with each patient as I join them on their own respective journey toward growth.

Professional Experience

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University of Washington Medical Center

Current clinical faculty in psychiatry, served as chief resident

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Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree

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Harvard University

Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology

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Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute

Coursework in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Medical internship

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NASA Johnson Space Center

Research fellow in extreme environment human physiology

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University of Minnesota

Research fellow in neuroscience

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Mayo Clinic

Research fellow in cardiovascular disease and regenerative medicine

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Brigham and Women's Hospital

Research fellow in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine

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Trinity International University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in biology and chemistry, summa cum laude

Select honors, awards, and distinctions

  • Dean's Outstanding Achievement Scholarship for full medical school tuition (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine)
  • Ruud Leadership Scholarship for full college tuition (Trinity College)
  • Voted by physician peers and featured as a “Top Doctor” (Seattle Metropolitan Magazine)
  • Cardiovascular Outreach Award for exceptional research abstracts (American Heart Association)
  • Research designated as “Best of Specialty Conferences” (American Heart Association)
  • Lincoln Laureate Award presented by state governor (Lincoln Academy of Illinois)
  • President’s Leadership Award presented by university president to one college graduate (Trinity College)
  • Class valedictorian and commencement speaker (Trinity College)
Curriculum Vitae Peer-Reviewed Publications
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What patients say

Dr. Zacharias is the best psychiatrist/therapist I've ever had. No question about it. And I've had a few in my 70 plus years.
He made a significant impact on me and I will be forever grateful for his encouragement and advice.
He listened to my concerns after multiple losses in my life and restored hope and faith to enjoy living again.
If you are looking for the best help with any mental disorder, Dr. Zacharias should be your first choice.
I have worked with a number of excellent therapists across my long life. David ranks at the very top of all those with whom I have worked.
Dr. Z is extremely intelligent, very experienced, and passionate about helping his patients overcome their inner battles.
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