David Diaz, M.D.

David R. Diaz, M.D., DFAPA
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


Personal Statement 

I have enjoyed a variety of roles since returning to Indiana University and am glad to be back where I trained after a number of years in a satisfying private practice.  My primary clinical role is as medical director of the Consultation-Liaison Service at IU Health University Hospital.  This tertiary care hospital is a challenging place to work and I would argue that the integration of medical and psychiatric skills is critical to the individual trainee and is the direction of the profession of psychiatry.   I greatly enjoy working with psychiatric residents and medical students in this and other clinical settings. Additionally, I have contributed my skills and experience in three other realms of clinical work.    It is my hope that in the near future our Department will be starting a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, which I feel is an very much needed subspecialty of the profession.  I continue to direct a medication clinic at Goodman Hall’s Adult Psychiatry Clinic, generally working with and teaching and learning from 2 psychiatric residents over the past years, and it has been quite enjoyable to see residents develop their clinical skills before my eyes. Lastly, the Department is developing an Integrated Care treatment model at IU Health primary care clinics with the plan of increasing access to care for patients and providing timely consultation to our primary care colleagues, and I serve as the primary adult psychiatrist for this new development.

I enjoy each of these roles and find them a very satisfying opportunity to serve the Department.  

I also presently serve as Legislative Representative and a Past President of the Indiana Psychiatric Society.  I am Vice Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Advocacy and Government Relations.  I am a Past President of the Indianapolis Medical Society. In the Indiana State Medical Association I am a member of the Commission on Legislation, an Alternate ISMA Trustee and also a member of the ISMA House of Delegates. I feel that participating in these areas of organized medicine is a satisfying way to give back to the profession and is my professional duty as well.

Education  Undergraduate: University of Evansville; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa cum Laude

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine with Highest Distinction

Residency: Indiana University Medical Center

Board Ceritifications/Certifications:
Diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Diplomate in Psychosomatic Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Current Academic Interests Teaching: Mentoring psychiatry residents and medical students in the areas of adult psychiatry, professionalism and psychopharmacology

Clinical: Psychotic Disorders, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Treatment of Deaf psychiatric patients

Research:  Ongoing studies of Deaf patients with mental illness including original research, case studies and review articles.  My group has mentored resident and undergraduate students and actively collaborates with a local mental health center that focuses on this population.

Recent Publications 

Diaz DR, Landsberger SA, Povlinski J, Sheward J, Sculley C. Psychiatric disorder prevalence among deaf and hard-of-hearing outpatients. Compr Psychiatry. 2013 Oct; 54(7):991-5.

Landsberger SA, Diaz DR, Spring NZ, Sheward J, Sculley C. Psychiatric diagnoses and psychosocial needs of outpatient deaf children and adolescents. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2014 Feb; 42-51.

Diaz DR, Landsberger SA. Exploring the use of seclusion and restraint with deaf psychiatric patients: comparisons with hearing patients. Psychiatry Q. 2010 Dec; 81 (4):303-9. 


David Diaz, M.D.

IU Neuroscience Center
355 W 16th Street, Suite 4800
Indianapolis, IN  46202
(317) 963-7300 

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