Patcho N Santiago


Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
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BA, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MPH, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland


Patcho Santiago, MD, MPH, is a board certified psychiatrist and Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Santiago graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College under the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program. After completing his psychiatry residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, his first duty assignment was at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. From there, he deployed to the Expeditionary Medical Facility at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He subsequently completed a Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry Fellowship at USUHS, earning his Masters in Public Health, and ultimately joining the faculty at the university, having research interests in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health promotion. From the university, he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as the Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Mobile Care Team, based out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. As billeted faculty at USUHS, Dr. Santiago served as the USUHS program manager for the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army STARRS) as well as the associate program director for the Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry Fellowship. He served as the Program Director of the National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 2013-2019 prior to his transfer back to USUHS to serve as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate (HEDIC), Association of American Medical Colleges, 2020

Vice Admiral James A. Zimble Award, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 2019

Member, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Psychiatry Milestones 2.0 Workgroup, 2019

Member, VA/DoD Suicide Clinical Practice Guideline Working Group, 2018

Member, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Standard Setting Panel, 2017

Program Director, National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency, Bethesda, Maryland, 2013-2019

Officer-in-Charge, Navy Mobile Care Team, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, 2010

Program Manager, Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), 2009

Colonel Al Glass Award, Society of Uniformed Services Psychiatrists, 2009


Santiago P. N. (2020). The Role of Pronouns and Privilege in the Case Conference. Psychiatry, 83(4), 321–323. 2020.1845053

Macaluso, M., Kinzie, M., Cowley, D., Houston, L. J., DeJong, S., Janssen, F., Bentman, A., Edgar, L., Campbell, B., Bowen, L., Aronowitz, J., Aoun, E., Santiago, P., & Keepers, G. (2020). The Psychiatry Milestones 2.0: How Did We Get from 1.0 to 2.0 and What Can Users Expect?. Academic Psychiatry, 44(6), 779–784.

Santiago, P.N. Learning to tolerate not knowing. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 80:315-317, 2017.

Bowes, M. R., Santiago, P. N., Hepps, J. H., R. Hershey, B. R., Yu, C. E. (2017). Using I-PASS in psychiatry residency transitions of care. Academic Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 30. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0822-1.

Cazares, P. R., Santiago, P. N., Moulton, D., Moran, S., Tsai, A. Suicide response guidelines for residency trainees: a novel postvention response for the care and teaching of psychiatry residents who encounter suicide in their patients. Academic Psychiatry, 39(4):393-7, 2015.

Kessler, R.C., Santiago, P.N., Colpe, L.J., Dempsey, C.L., First, M., Heeringa, S.G., Stein, M.B., Fullerton, C.S., Gruber, M.J., Naifeh, J.A., Nock, M.K., Sampson, N.A., Schoenbaum, M., Zaslavsky, A.M., Ursano, R.J.: Clinical reappraisal of the composite international diagnostic interview screening scales (CIDI-SC) in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 22(4): 303-321, 2013.

Carr, W., Bradley, D., Ogle, A., Eonta, S., Pyle B., Santiago, P.: Resilience training in a sample of deployed personnel. Military Psychology, 25(2): 148-155, 2013.

Santiago, P.N., Ursano, R.J., Gray, C.L., Pynoos, R.S., Spiegel, D., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Friedman, M.J., Fullerton, C.S.: A systematic review of PTSD prevalence and trajectories in DSM-5 defined trauma exposed populations: intentional and non-intentional traumatic events. PLoS ONE 8(4): e59236.doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0059236. April 11, 2013.

Ogle, A.D., Bradley, D. Santiago, P.N.: Reynolds D. Description of combat and operational stress control in regional command east Afghanistan. Military Medicine, 177(11):1279-1286, 2012.

Santiago, P.N., Wilk, J.E., Milliken, C.S., Castro, C.A., Engel, C.C., Hoge, C.W.: Screening for Alcohol Misuse and Alcohol-Related Behaviors in Combat Veterans. Psychiatric Services, 61(6):575-581, 2010.