Delmar D. Short
Delmar D Short, MD
Associate Professor and Chief

Mental Health Service Line, Salem VAMC


1977 Biological Sciences University of Southern California
1978 Degree- Teaching Credential University of Southern California
1982 Department or field of study- Education University of California, Irvine



I joined the Salem VA Medical Center faculty and staff in 1986 after completing my residency training in psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine.  I was the director of our consultation-liaison psychiatry service for 4.5 years, before I became the Chief of Psychiatry in 1991 (later we transitioned to service lines, so I have been the Chief of our Mental Health Service Line for many years).  At times I have served as acting chief of staff for extended periods and also as acting mental health service line coordinator for our network of eight VA hospitals.
I have been the residency program director of our 4-year program or associate director for a couple of brief periods and wrote the original successful application for the Roanoke Valley residency program.  Prior to this I was the site program director for our one and then two-year psychiatry residency programs.   During that time I taught numerous lectures and seminars to the residents and sometimes students, and I still do a number of lectures each year for students and residents and am often asked to do medicine grand rounds here.
I have co-edited one textbook, Primary Care Medicine for Psychiatrists, and have also published a book chapter on the psychopharmacologic treatment of anxiety disorders.  I wrote two of the chapters of another textbook, “Essential Psychopathology Casebook”, published in 2014.  I was an invited first author of a book chapter/article for Psychiatric Clinics of North America.  I have authored or co-authored a total of over 20 articles.  My research has been mostly at the medicine-psychiatry interface in such areas as psychoneuroendocrinology and psychoneuroimmunology.

Research Interest

  • Medicine-Psychiatry Interface Issues
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Medications In Certain Co-Morbid Diseases
  • Anxiety Disorders.

Professional Activities:

 Professional/non-academic work positions

Teacher Berendo Junior High School in LA,Ca 1977-1978
Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist Salem VAMC 1986-1991
Chief Mental Health Service Line 1991-present
Chief of Staff Salem VAMC 1997
Acting Service Line Manager Veterans Integrated Service Network 6 1997-1998
Chief of Staff VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia 2003-2004
Local Program Director UVA-Affiliated Psychiatry Residency Program
VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia
November 1986 - 1991
Associate Chairman Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia January 1992 – 2004
Assistant Professor Behavioral Medici and Psychiatry, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia September 1986 - May 1991
Associate Professor Virginia College of Osteopathic  Medicine Since September, 2005
Associate Professor Virginia Tech/Carillion    School of Medicine 2009 to present
Director Carillion- University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem Program, April, 2005 -  Sept, 2006



  1. 2012/2013- Wrote two case reports for companion department textbook- published in 2014
  2. Short, D., Hawley, J., McCarthy, M., Management of Schizophrenia with Medical Disorders: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Gastrointestinal.  Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Dec. 2009.
  3. Nieves, J., Candelario, J., Short, D., Telemental Health for Our Soldiers:  A Brief Review and a New Pilot Program, Military Medicine, 2009.
  4. Breckenridge, Dean, Gresen, Kuttesch, Losonczy, Martone, McGlawn, Ramsel, Short, Wolkin; Mental Health Provider Workload Guidelines for Department of Veteran Affairs, Mental Health Strategic Health Care Group, 2002.
  5. Short, D., M.D., Jones, E., M.D.: Administrative Aspects – Section of VA Task Force Report on Integration of Mental Health Into Primary Care, 1999. 
  6. Felker B; Workman E; Albanese R; Stanley-Tilt C; Short D:  The Psychiatric Primary Care Team:  A New Program to provide Medical Care to the Chronically Mentally Ill. Medicine in Psychiatry, January 1998.
  7. Bader G., M.D.; Short D., M.D.; and Hawley, J., PharmD.:  A case report, “Venlafaxine Augmentation with Methylplenidate for Treatment—Refractory Depression”, (letter) Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, January 1998.
  8. Workman E; Turner R; Douglas W; Short D:  A 30-Year Progress Report on a VA Satellite Psychiatric Clinic Program.  Psychiatric Services Journal, December 1997.
  9. Short, D. D.:  Pharmacologic Treatment for Anxiety Disorders in Handbook of Stress Medicine:  An Organ Systems Approach.  Hubbard, ed. CRC Press.  Oct. 1997.
  10. Hubbard J, Short D,  eds:  A Handbook of Primary Care Medicine for Psychiatrists. Plenum Press.  Oct. 1997.
  11. Felker B,  Yazel  J,  Short D:  Mortality and Medical  Co-morbidity in Psychiatric Patients.  Psychiatric Services, Vol. 47, No. 2, Dec. 1996
  12. Workman E, Short D, Hubbard, J: ComputerizedPsychiatric Assessment in a Residency Training Program:  Measures of Quality of Life and Clinical Outcome, to be presented August 13-18, 1995 in Dublin, Ireland
  13. Workman E, Tellian, F, Short D:  Psychiatric Predictors of Success in Chronic Pain Management Programs.  Proceedings of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 10th Annual Conference, Feb. 19-20, Orlando, Fla., 1994
  14. Workman E, Tellian, F, Short D:  Psychiatric Predictors of Success in Chronic Pain Management Programs.                         
  15. Workman E, Short D, Tellian, F, Knox, C:  A Naturalistic Open Trial of Trazodone and Doxepin in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients with Major Depression.  American Journal of Pain Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 2, April 94
  16. Workman E, Short D:  Atypical Antidepressants vs. Imipramine in the Treatment of Major Depression:  A Meta-Analysis.  J of Clinical Psychiatry, 53:12, Jan 1993
  17. LaVia M, Workman E, Lydiard, R, Short D, Steffes M, Munno I, Paulling E:  Subtype Response to Stress -   Induced Immunosuppression.  Proceedings of 8th International Congress of Psychiatry in Buddhapest, August 23-28, 92.
  18. Workman E, Tellian F, Short D, Steffes M, Munno I, Paulling E:  Subtype Response to Stress-induced Immunosuppression.  Funct Neurol, 3:19-22, 1992.
  19. Workman E, Short D:  Bupropion - Induced Carbohydrate Craving and Weight Gain. J of Clinical Psychiatry, 140:10, 1407-1408, 1992.
  20. Workman E, Tellian F, Short D:  Trazodone Induction of Migraine Headache Via M-CPP.  J of Clinical Psychiatry, 1992, 149:5, 712-713.
  21. Morse J, Short D, Workman E:  "Cerebroversion" instead of ECT.  (Letter) Am J of Psychiatry 1991, 148:12, pg. 1764
  22. Short DD, Workman E, Morse J, Turner, R:  DSM-III-R Mnemonic Devices for Differential Psychiatric Diagnosis.  Hospital and Community Psychiatry, June 1992, Vol 43, No. 6
  23. Iranmanesh A, Lizarralde G, Short DD, Veldhuis JD:  Intensive Venous Sampling Paradigms Disclose High-Frequency Adrenocorticotropin Release of Episodes in Normal Mean, J of Clin Endocrinology and Metabolism 71-1276-1283, Nov. 1990
  24. Short DD, Blinder BB:  Nicotine Used as Emetic by a Patient with Bulimia.  (letter) Am J Psychiatry 142-272, Feb. 1985