David Kahn, M.D.
Diane Goldman Kemper Family Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
David A. Kahn, M.D.
Dr. Kahn is the Diane Goldman Kemper Family Clinical Professor of Pyschiatry Emeritus, Columbia University Medical Center; and attending psychiatrist, New York Presbyterian Hospital.
He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1975, completed medical school and internship in medicine at Columbia, and was resident and chief resident in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He then received an NIMH extramural research fellowship at the Psychiatric Institute, where he worked in the area of mood disorders, ECT and regional cerebral blood flow.
After his research fellowship, Dr. Kahn, as the department's vice chair for clinical services from 2006 through 2012, established and led a number of core clinical programs including two new inpatient units and new outpatient psychopharmacology and psychotherapy teaching clinics. He currently teaches in the residency program and regularly consults on the care of inpatients. He has served on numerous advisory committees related to mental health services and quality management. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters related to psychopharmacology focusing on bipolar disorder, issues in combining medication with psychotherapy, and the quantification of expert consensus in the development of practice guidelines. Outside of psychiatry, he played a key role in founding ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice organization of the medical center, and served as its vice president from 2005-2011.
In his clinical work, Dr. Kahn is an expert in the psychopharmacology of treatment-resistant mood disorders including depression and bipolar illness. He is especially interested in the balance between medication and psychotherapy in addressing complex symptoms where personality, life goals, family interactions, and biological illness all interact. He maintains a general practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy.
Undergraduate: Haverford College, B.A., 1975
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, M.D., 1979
Internship: Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Medicine, 1979 - 1980
Residency: NYS Psychiatric Institute/New York Presbyterian Hospital, Psychiatry, 1980 - 1983
Fellowship: National Institute of Mental Health/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Psychiatry, 1983 - 1984
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
• Depression and Bipolar Disorder
• General Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
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