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David Felten

David L. Felten

M.D., PH.D.

Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Professor of Neurosciences at UMHS

He received a B.S. from MIT, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in anatomy/neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a neuroscientist whose contributions helped to establish the fields of neural-immune signaling, and psychoneuroimmunology as a foundation for the physiological understanding of complementary and integrative medicine.

He is Chairman of the Board of Clerisy Corp, a biotech corporation in Pittsford, NY. Dr. Felten previously served as VP for Research, and Medical Director of the Beaumont Research Institute at the Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, MI. He also served as Dean of the School of Graduate Medical Education at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and oversaw residency and fellowship programs. At the University of Rochester SOM, he served as the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, and as Director of the Markey Charitable Trust Institute for Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging.

For his pioneering findings in neural-immune interactions, he received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. He was twice nominated for a Lasker Prize. Dr. Felten is one of only a handful of researchers ever to receive two 10-year peer review-based MERIT awards from two separate Institutes (Aging, and Mental Health) at the National Institutes of Health, research support given for an extended period to proven investigators whose work has had extraordinary importance or impact.

Dr. Felten is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications, most on links between the nervous system and immune system, and has given more than 100 major addresses and presentations at national and international symposia and scientific meetings, including many prestigious named lectureships. He is the lead author of the major revisions to the highly acclaimed Netter’s Atlas of Neuroscience, 3rd Edition, 2016 and Netter’s Neuroscience Flash Cards, 3rd Edition, 2016, Elsevier.