Daniel Sewell

Title(s)Senate Emeritus, Psychiatry
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Address9500 Gilman Drive #
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    Grinnell College, Grinnell, IABA05/1981Biology
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IAMD05/1998Medicine
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NMInternship06/1986Psychiatry
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NMPGY206/1987Psychiatry
    University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CAPGY3, PGY406/1989Psychiatry
    University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CAGeropsychiatry Fellowship06/1991Geriatric Psychiatry
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    Grinnell College1977State of Iowa Scholar
    Grinnell College1981Phi Beta Kappa
    University of Iowa1984Rock Sleyster Memorial Scholarship
    University of Iowa College of Medicine1985Student Service Award
    University of California1989Chairman's Award for Research Excellence During the Psychiatry Residency
    University of California, San Diego2004Award ofr Teaching Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry
    University of California, San Diego2005Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
    American Psychiatric Association2006Distinguished Fellow
    San Diego Magazine2011Top Doc Geropsychiatry
    San Diego Magazine2012  - 2015Top Doc Psychiatry
    San Diego Magazine2013  - 2015Top Doc Geriatric Psychiatry
    Castle Conolly2011  - 2018Regional Top Doc
    American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry2014Educator of the Year
    University of California, San Diego School of Medicine2016Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award Third Year Class
    George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers, Inc2017Glenner Medal of Excellence

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    Dr. Sewell was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. He attended public schools and graduated in the top 3% of his high school class. He spent four years at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA where he graduated with honors with a BA in Biology. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. At graduation, he was given an award for student service. He completed the first two years of his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego and was awarded the Chairman’s prize for research excellence during the psychiatry residency. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at UCSD. Following completion of his geriatric psychiatry fellowship, Dr. Sewell was appointed to the faculty of the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sewell currently fills a number of roles at UC San Diego which include: Medical Director of the Senior Behavioral Health Program, Director of the Geropsychiatry Fellowship Program, Co-director of the Memory Aging and Resilience Clinic, and Associate Director for the UC San Diego Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. For the past three years in a row, Dr. Sewell has been named a Top Doc in San Diego.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Sewell’s current research interests include: 1) the use of the neuropsychological test, the Clock Drawing Test (CDT), to distinguish older patients with major depression from older patients with major depression and early dementia; 2) unrecognized medical illness as the cause of behavioral disturbance in patients with dementia; 3) the use of aroma therapy to reduce agitation in patients with dementia; 4) sex, aging, and dementia, 5) metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia; and 6) the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in older patients.

    Clinical Focus

    He spent approximately 75% of his clinical hours working with patients admitted to the Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit at UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center. About half of the inpatients are experiencing severe behavioral disturbance as a complication of dementia and about half are experiencing problems with depression or anxiety but do not have dementia. Occasionally, he treats older patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. He works closely with a multi-disciplinary team that includes a geriatric internist, neuropsychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, and nurses. His work frequently includes family therapy. About 25% of his clinical time is spent providing outpatient medication management and long-term psychotherapy for adults of all ages.

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    1. COVID-19 Associated Suicidal Ideation in Older Adults: Two Case Reports With a Review of the Literature. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2021 11; 29(11):1101-1116. Asthana NK, Mehaffey E, Sewell DD. PMID: 34266752; PMCID: PMC8196233.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    2. Assessing the LGBT cultural competency of dementia care providers. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2021; 7(1):e12137. Nowaskie DZ, Sewell DD. PMID: 33614899; PMCID: PMC7882525.
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    3. Central Nervous System Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (CNS-SLE) Vasculitis Mimicking Lewy Body Dementia: A Case Report Emphasizing the Role of Imaging With an Analysis of 33 Comparable Cases From the Scientific Literature. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2021 03; 34(2):128-141. Abraham P, Neel I, Bishay S, Sewell DD. PMID: 31996085.
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    4. Sexuality and the Older Adult. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 09 14; 21(10):97. Srinivasan S, Glover J, Tampi RR, Tampi DJ, Sewell DD. PMID: 31522296.
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    5. Gay and Gray Session: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Transgender Aging. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 07; 26(7):719-738. Johnson K, Yarns BC, Abrams JM, Calbridge LA, Sewell DD. PMID: 29699765.
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    6. Effect of short-term research training programs on medical students' attitudes toward aging. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2018 Apr-Jun; 39(2):214-222. Jeste DV, Avanzino J, Depp CA, Gawronska M, Tu X, Sewell DD, Huege SF. PMID: 28614041; PMCID: PMC6095204.
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    7. Use of Tablet Devices in the Management of Agitation Among Inpatients with Dementia: An Open-Label Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Aug; 25(8):860-864. Vahia IV, Kamat R, Vang C, Posada C, Ross L, Oreck S, Bhatt A, Depp C, Jeste DV, Sewell DD. PMID: 27746070.
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    8. Late-Life Depression: A Role for Accelerometer Technology in Diagnosis and Management. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Aug 01; 173(8):763-8. Vahia IV, Sewell DD. PMID: 27477136.
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    9. The Mental Health of Older LGBT Adults. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jun; 18(6):60. Yarns BC, Abrams JM, Meeks TW, Sewell DD. PMID: 27142205.
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    10. 2016 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Annual Meeting Presidential Plenary Address Improving the Mental Health Care of Older Americans Four Essential Ingredients: Technology, Advocacy, Education and You (The Members of the AAGP). Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 07; 24(7):511-6. Sewell DD. PMID: 27288869.
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    11. Sexual functions in older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Mar; 23(3):223-6. Koh S, Sewell DD. PMID: 25662519.
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    12. The value and underutilization of simple reading glasses in geropsychiatry inpatient settings. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2014 Dec; 29(8):657-9. Barnes SS, Sewell DD. PMID: 24928818; PMCID: PMC10852888.
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    13. Psychotic vs. Nonpsychotic Depression in Older Patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1995 Winter; 3(1):75-80. Gierz M, Sewell DD, Kramer R, Gillin JC, Jeste DV. PMID: 28530962.
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    14. Older adults are less accurate than younger adults at identifying symptoms of anxiety and depression. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Aug; 197(8):623-6. Wetherell JL, Petkus AJ, McChesney K, Stein MB, Judd PH, Rockwell E, Sewell DD, Patterson TL. PMID: 19684501; PMCID: PMC2773356.
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    15. Reduction of suboptimal prescribing and clinical outcome for dementia patients in a senior behavioral health inpatient unit. Int Psychogeriatr. 2009 Feb; 21(1):195-9. Chan VT, Woo BK, Sewell DD, Allen EC, Golshan S, Rice V, Minassian A, Daly JW. PMID: 19019261.
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    16. Lamotrigine for agitation in older patients with dementia. Int Psychogeriatr. 2009 Feb; 21(1):207-8. Ng B, Camacho A, Bardwell W, Sewell DD. PMID: 18834559.
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    17. Chronic pain and depression among geriatric psychiatry inpatients. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 23(6):637-42. Meeks TW, Dunn LB, Kim DS, Golshan S, Sewell DD, Atkinson JH, Lebowitz BD. PMID: 18041102.
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    18. Falls associated with electroconvulsive therapy among the geriatric population: a case report. J ECT. 2008 Jun; 24(2):173-5. Rao SS, Daly JW, Sewell DD. PMID: 18580567.
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    19. Anxiety, depression and disability across the lifespan. Aging Ment Health. 2008 Jan; 12(1):158-63. Brenes GA, Penninx BW, Judd PH, Rockwell E, Sewell DD, Wetherell JL. PMID: 18297491; PMCID: PMC2879640.
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    20. The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: my professional family. Acad Psychiatry. 2007 Mar-Apr; 31(2):103-4. Sewell DD. PMID: 17344441.
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    21. Factors associated with frequent admissions to an acute geriatric psychiatric inpatient unit. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2006 Dec; 19(4):226-30. Woo BK, Golshan S, Allen EC, Daly JW, Jeste DV, Sewell DD. PMID: 17085762.
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    22. The clock drawing test as a measure of executive dysfunction in elderly depressed patients. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2004 Dec; 17(4):190-4. Woo BK, Rice VA, Legendre SA, Salmon DP, Jeste DV, Sewell DD. PMID: 15533989.
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    23. Unrecognized medical disorders in older psychiatric inpatients in a senior behavioral health unit in a university hospital. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2003 Jun; 16(2):121-5. Woo BK, Daly JW, Allen EC, Jeste DV, Sewell DD. PMID: 12801163.
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    24. Changes in psychiatric diagnoses from admission to discharge: review of the charts of 159 patients consecutively admitted to a geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2001 Jan-Feb; 23(1):3-7. Ashley RV, Gladsjo A, Olson R, Judd LL, Sewell DD, Rockwell E, Jeste DV. PMID: 11226550.
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    25. Schizophrenia and HIV. Schizophr Bull. 1996; 22(3):465-73. Sewell DD. PMID: 8873297.
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    26. Treatment of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in schizophrenia with a neuroleptic-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor combination: two case reports. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1994 Dec; 182(12):725-7. Sewell DD, Lopez WM, Paulsen J, Gilbert P. PMID: 7989921.
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    27. Metoclopramide and tardive dyskinesia. Biol Psychiatry. 1994 Nov 01; 36(9):630-2. Sewell DD, Kodsi AB, Caligiuri MP, Jeste DV. PMID: 7833431.
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    28. Neuroleptic treatment of HIV-associated psychosis. HNRC group. Neuropsychopharmacology. 1994 Jul; 10(4):223-9. Sewell DD, Jeste DV, McAdams LA, Bailey A, Harris MJ, Atkinson JH, Chandler JL, McCutchan JA, Grant I. PMID: 7945732.
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    29. HIV-associated psychosis: a study of 20 cases. San Diego HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center Group. Am J Psychiatry. 1994 Feb; 151(2):237-42. Sewell DD, Jeste DV, Atkinson JH, Heaton RK, Hesselink JR, Wiley C, Thal L, Chandler JL, Grant I. PMID: 8296896.
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    30. Improving documentation of consent for neuroleptic therapy. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1994 Feb; 45(2):176-8. Lacro JP, Sewell DD, Warren K, Woody S, Harris MJ, Jeste DV. PMID: 7909526.
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    31. Metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia in hemodialysis patients with diabetes mellitus. Two case reports. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1992 Nov; 14(6):416-9. Sewell DD, Yoshinobu BH, Caligiuri MP, Jeste DV. PMID: 1473712.
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    32. Metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia. An analysis of 67 cases. Arch Fam Med. 1992 Nov; 1(2):271-8. Sewell DD, Jeste DV. PMID: 1341603.
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    33. Distinguishing neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) from NMS-like acute medical illnesses: a study of 34 cases. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1992; 4(3):265-9. Sewell DD, Jeste DV. PMID: 1354002.
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    34. New-onset psychosis in HIV-infected patients. J Clin Psychiatry. 1991 Sep; 52(9):369-76. Harris MJ, Jeste DV, Gleghorn A, Sewell DD. PMID: 1894589.
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    35. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: a review. Yakubutsu Seishin Kodo. 1989 Sep; 9(3):319-33. Sewell DD, Jeste DV. PMID: 2690542.
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