Thad E. Abrams, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Office: Building 42 VAMC
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Luther College
MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine
MS, Clinical Investigation, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Resident, Internal Medicine-Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, Quality Scholars, VA Medical Center
Fellow, General Internal Medicine, University of Iowa

Licensure and Certifications

Iowa Controlled Substance Certification - Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine


Saunders, G. H., Biswas, K., Serpi, T., McGovern, S., Groer, S., Stock, E. M., Magruder, K. M., Storzbach, D., Skelton, K., Abrams, T., McCranie, M., Richerson, J., Dorn, P. A., Huang, G. D. & Fallon, M. T. (2017). Design and challenges for a randomized, multi-site clinical trial comparing the use of service dogs and emotional support dogs in Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Contemporary clinical trials, 62, 105-113. PMID: 28844986.

Mawanda, F., Wallace, R. B., McCoy, K. & Abrams, T. E. (2017). PTSD, Psychotropic Medication Use, and the Risk of Dementia Among US Veterans: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. PMID: 28176297.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M., Keane, T. M. & Richardson, K. (2016). Validating administrative records in post-traumatic stress disorder. International journal of methods in psychiatric research, 25(1), 22-32. PMID: 26082028.

Abrams, T. E. (2016). Capsule commentary on Rosenthal et al., A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of Changes in Quality, Utilization and Cost Following the Colorado Multi-Payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. Journal of general internal medicine, 31(3), 323. PMID: 26631097.

Mawanda, F., Wallace, R. B., McCoy, K. & Abrams, T. E. (2016). Systemic and localized extra-central nervous system bacterial infections and the risk of dementia among US veterans: A retrospective cohort study. Alzheimer's & dementia (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 4, 109-117. PMID: 27752534.

Vander Weg, M. W., Cozad, A. J., Howren, M. B., Cretzmeyer, M., Scherubel, M., Turvey, C., Grant, K. M., Abrams, T. E. & Katz, D. A. (2016). An individually-tailored smoking cessation intervention for rural Veterans: a pilot randomized trial. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 811. PMID: 27535024.

Abrams, T. E., Lund, B. C., Alexander, B., Bernardy, N. C. & Friedman, M. J. (2015). Geographical diffusion of prazosin across Veterans Health Administration: Examination of regional variation in daily dosing and quality indicators among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 52(5), 619-27. PMID: 26437180.

Abrams, T. E. (2015). Capsule Commentary on McNeely et al., Validation of Self-Administered Single Item Screening Questions (SISQs) for Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug use in Primary Care Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30(12), 1845. PMID: 26307385.

Abrams, T. E., Blevins, A. & Vander Weg, M. W. (2015). Chronic obstructive lung disease and posttraumatic stress disorder: current perspectives. International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 10, 2219-33. PMID: 26508851.

Abrams, T. E., Lund, B. C., Bernardy, N. C. & Friedman, M. J. (2013). Aligning clinical practice to PTSD treatment guidelines: medication prescribing by provider type. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 64(2), 142-8. PMID: 23474508.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M., Richardson, K., Cram, P. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2013). Patterns of illness explaining the associations between posttraumatic stress disorder and the use of CT. Radiology, 267(2), 470-8. PMID: 23360739.

Kumar, N., Liang, D., Comellas, A. & Abrams, T. E. (2013). Satellite based PM concentrations and its application to COPD in Cleveland. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 23(6), 637-46. PMID: 24045428.

Lund, B. C., Abrams, T. E., Bernardy, N. C., Alexander, B. & Friedman, M. J. (2013). Benzodiazepine prescribing variation and clinical uncertainty in treating posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 64(1), 21-7. PMID: 23070039.

Moores, K., Gilchrist, B., Carnahan, B. & Abrams, T. E. (2012). A Systematic Review of Validated Methods for Identifying Pancreatitis Using Administrative and Claims Data. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, S1(194-202). PMID: 22262606.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Vander Weg, M. W. (2011). Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and the Effect of Existing Psychiatric Comorbidity on Subsequent Mortality. Psychosomatics, 52(5), 441-449. PMID: 21907063.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M., Fan, V. S. & Kaboli, P. J. (2011). Geographic isolation and the risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-related mortality: a cohort study. Annals of internal medicine, 155(2), 80-6. PMID: 21768581.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2010). Preexisting Cormbid Psychiatric Conditions and Mortality in Nonsurgical Intensive Care Patients. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(3), 241-249. PMID: 20436063.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Kaboli, P. J. (2010). Mortality and Revascularization Following Admission for Acute Myocardial Infarction: Implication for Rural Veterans. J Rural Health, 26(1), 310-317. PMID: 21029165.

Anderson, J., Shroff, D., Curtis, A., Eldridge, N., Cannon, K., Karnani, R., Abrams, T. E. & Kaboli, P. J. (2010). The veterans affairs shift change physician-to-physician handoff project. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 36(2), 62-71. PMID: 20180438.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2010). Influence of psychiatric comorbidity on surgical mortality. Archives of Surgery, 145(10), 947-53. PMID: 20956762.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2009). Psychiatric comorbidity and mortality after acute myocardial infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2(3), 213-20. PMID: 20031840.

Abrams, T. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. S. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2008). Variations in the associations between psychiatric comorbidity and hospital mortality according to the method of identifying psychiatric diagnoses. J Gen Intern Med, 23(3), 317-22.

Abrams, T. E., Barnett, M. E., Hoth, A., Schultz, S. E. & Kaboli, P. J. (2006). The relationship between hearing impairment and depression in older veterans. J Am Geriatr Soc, 54(9), 1475-7. PMID: 16970669.