David Feifel 

David Feifel, M.D., Ph.D. 



Contact Information

200 W. Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103-8218
T: (619) 543-2827
F: (619) 543-3738


Dr. David Feifel earned a Bachelors of Science, Master’s Degree and a Ph.D.(neurobiology) from the University of Toronto, Canada, where he also earned a Medical Degree. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Feifel completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as Chief Resident for the UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry Services in 1994. In 1995 he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in which he currently holds the rank of full Professor. He is also a faculty member in the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program. Dr. Feifel is the Director of the Adult Psychiatric Services at UCSD Medical Center, and the senior attending psychiatrist on the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Inpatient Unit (NBMU). In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, he is also certified in the subspecialties Psychosomatic Medicine, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. He has authored or co-authored numerous original scientific research papers, abstracts and book chapters.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Feifel’s clinical focus is the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders stressing a biological orientation. He is Director of the Adult Psychiatric Services at UCSD Medical Center, which includes the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (NBMU), an 18-bed inpatient unit and the Consult / Liaison service. The Psychiatry service at UCSD Medical Center, was ranked among the nations best by US News and World Report in Dr. Feifel is founder and Director of the UCSD Adult ADHD Program and the UCSD TMS Center. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Feifel lectures and supervises medical students, residents and fellows at UCSD and he is a national lecturer on topics in psychopharmacology. Among his distinctions, Dr. Feifel is an elected member of the American College of Neuropharmacology, he has been elected by his peers for inclusion in ‘Best Doctors in America’, and he is cited  in the Castle Connelly  list of  “Top Doctors:”

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Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Feifel engages in translational research related to biological treatments for mental illness. He runs a basic neuropsychopharmacology laboratory on the campus of the UCSD Medical Center. His laboratory develops animal models to explore the biological mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions such as psychosis and to assess the potential of novel pharmacological treatments, particularly ones aimed at neuropeptide targets.

Dr. Feifel also heads a clinical neuropharmacology research program at UCSD Medical Center. Among other things, this program evaluates the safety and efficacy of approved and investigational psychotropic medications for a large variety of psychiatric indications and, when possible, translates findings from his basic neuropharmacology research program to clinical investigations. Dr. has served as principal investigator in numerous clinical studies evaluating treatments for conditions as diverse as bipolar affective disorder, depression, schizophrenia, insomnia, as well as childhood, adolescent, and adult attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His research has received funding grants from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the Scottish Rite Organization, the Stanley Medical Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

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