Dr. Robert Olsen

Psychiatry
Normandy Park, WA
50 years experience male

Locations

Robert B Olsen MD Inc PS

Seattle, WA

Address

901 Boren Avenue, Suite 615, Seattle, WA
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Fax

(206) 622-2008

Insurances accepted

AvMed Health Plan

About

Bio

I am a local boy, born , raised, and educated in the Pacific Northwest. I value our clean air and water, and I value and respect our cultural diversity. I attended the Univerity of Washington School of Medicine; then spent seven years at USC for post graduate training in internal medicine and psychiatry. My wife and I returned to Seattle with our y0ung daughter and a pocket full of sheepskins. I started practice in 1978 and have been busy and productive ever since. Within a few years I was asked to create the Department of Psychiatry at Providence Hospital, and I served two terms as Chairman of that Department. During that same time my wife blessed me with our son. We learned how to sail local waters, I learned how to navigate medical politics. I built the Psychiatry Department from ten physicians to 22 who regularly admitted patients and grew the service from 28 beds to 44. I learned how to play soccer to help coach my son's team; I taught my daughter the basics of navigation. I learned to cook so my wife could return to school for an advanced degree in psychology. My peers taught me the importance of leadership and twice elected me President of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and later as a Trustee to the Washington State Medical Association. I believe that I practice medicine in the spirit of Hippocrates and William Osler. I spend time with the patients. I take my own history and do my own examinations. I have watched and railed against the development of the "efficient" 8-10 minute "team-based" office encounter which is dangerous to patients' health and to physicians freedoms. I have watched patients and friends be harmed by this change in attitude and values. At sea, I keep my hand on the wheel, my cheek to the wind, my eye scans the horizon, and I keep my family safe. In practice I keep mind on the patient, my ears on his history, my eyes on his person, keeping us both safe from harm.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

ADHD and Autism

Geriatric Psychiatry

Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

190 Answers
41 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Need more info: Could you please provide more information on trika pills--another name, perhaps? My computer suggests alprazolam . (Xanax) Is that correct?
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Atenolol: 1st choice: With complex metabolic profiles of your psych meds, atenolol presents lesser risk of drug interactions. The interaction of carbamazepine an ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
What is the cause?: First the history will help: episodic, constant, hypnopompic/hypnogogic, uni/bilateral, , recent illness, ocular exam> Needs careful ocular e ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Olsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Olsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I was sedentary and somewhat overweight from the stress and also taking care of the baby everyday. But, no family history of heart disease or sudden death. You are right...Read More
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Ty the legs r numb from the knees Dn and from wrest to finger tip.back is get bad pain across lower back walk 25' and have to set Dn
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Thank you. I finally fell asleep without pills aid. If today the symptoms flare up I am calling the Dr. again... Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1971MD

Residency

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

Residency

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

Awards

Best Doctors in America 2001-2012, Best Doctors in America
America's Top Psychiatrists 201-2002, 2006-2007
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
Washington State Psychiatric Association
American Medical Association
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