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r. David Feifel earned a Bachelor of Science, Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. (Neurobiology) from the University of Toronto, Canada. He also earned a Medical Degree from University of Toronto’s Medical School, one of the top ranked in the world. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Feifel completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego, serving as outpatient Chief Resident in his final year. Upon finishing his residency, he was recruited to join UCSD’s School of Medicine as a faculty member and rose to rank of full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Neuroscience graduate program.
At UCSD Dr. Feifel was Director of the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Program, was the founder and Director of the UCSD Adult ADHD program, and created the Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Advanced Treatment where he introduced several novel treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine. He was one of the first providers in the country to utilize these treatments. At UCSD, Dr. Feifel also regularly taught medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows and headed a translational research program focused on developing new treatments for psychiatric disorders.
In 2017, Dr. Feifel decided to resign his full-time tenured appointment at UCSD and established Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute and the Kadima Brain Initiative in order to more effectively pursue his passion for developing and utilizing cutting edge, non-invasive treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Feifel maintains an active appointment as Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, within UCSD’s School of Medicine
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:” a distinction bestowed on only 10 psychiatrists in San Diego.
In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, he is also certified in the sub-specialties Psychosomatic Medicine, and holds certification from the United Council of Neurological subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, a certification only held by only three physicians in San Diego.
Dr. Feifel continues to conduct research into developing new treatment approaches to mental illness at Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute and he heads an NIH funded research laboratory at the VA Medical Center in San Diego. He has authored or co-authored over 100 original scientific research papers and multiple research abstracts and book chapters on the topic of psychiatric illness and their treatments. Dr. Feifel lectures internationally on novel treatments for brain disorders. 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, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).