For several years David has participated in the annual PERCS-Difficult Conversations in Complex Clinical Cases workshop, which is part of the Paul G. Contini Palliative Care Educational Program. In 2011, David helped to develop and launch the PERCS-Neurology course, which was designed for neurology residents and fellows to help enhance their communication skills in a consultation setting with patients and families.
David received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, with majors in French and Chemistry, in 1976. He graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1980. After an internship in internal medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, he came to Children’s Hospital in 1981, and has been there since then. He trained in pediatrics there, and in child neurology in the Longwood Area Neurology Training Program. He was chief resident in child neurology at Children’s from 1984–1985. Since 1985, he has been director of the Learning Disabilities/Behavioral Neurology Program, and from 1998-2008 served as director of Network Services for the department of neurology, organizing the department’s presence at the various off-Longwood clinical sites. He is the first Director of Education for the department, and also serves as the residency training director for the largest child neurology training program in the country. He holds the Charles F. Barlow Chair in Neurology at Children’s Hospital Boston.
David has a large outpatient practice, focusing on behavioral neurology. He serves as an outpatient teaching supervisor and attends on the neurology inpatient and critical care services several months each year. He has been awarded the department’s teacher of the year by the residents on three occasions. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served as the first faculty director of the Office of Enrichment Programs/Division of Service Learning at HMS. In addition to serving as consulting pediatric neurologist at the South End Community Health Center, he was a founding board member of the Epiphany School, a tuition-free middle school for children in the city of Boston. He is author of “Compassion as Subversive Activity: Illness, Community and the Gospel of Mark”, published by Cowley Publications in 2006.