David K Gittelman, D.O. is associate professor of psychiatry at Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. He teaches first year psychiatry and is one of the co-lecturers in the professional core competency (PCC) curriculum. Dr. Gittelman is the faculty advisor for the psychiatry club. He came to CUSOM in 2013 after working as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist for 25 years at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Dr. Gittelman graduated from Gannon University with a BS in biology in 1979 and earned his DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. He completed his rotating internship at Delaware Valley Medical Center in 1984 before going on to spend a year at Jinan University near Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, teaching English and studying dermatology with Dr. Zhou Youngkang. Upon return to the United States, Dr. Gittelman completed residency training in adult psychiatry at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota from 1985 to 1988.
Dr. Gittelman obtained fellowship training in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospital. He also received additional training from the American Psychiatric Association on the psychiatric care of patients with AIDS, and he has nearly completed the American Medical Association’s certificate program on medical ethics. Dr. Gittelman was the 2006 Mayer Fellow in the United Kingdom where he studied medical ethics in the National Health System.
In 2007, he was given the Harry E Dascomb Award for Clinical Teaching and Care by WakeMed where his clinical and classroom teaching focused on patients with coexisting medical and psychiatric diagnoses, such as chronic pain and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, domestic violence, conversion disorder, delirium, and dementia. He completed the American Medical Association-Medical College of Wisconsin Ethics Certificate Program and has lectured on medical ethics topics such as physician-assisted suicide, decision-making capacity, informed consent, physicians and the death penalty, and medical professionalism. Dr. Gittelman has served and lead ethics committees at WakeMed and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Gittelman is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is married and has three daughters. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, tennis, soccer, table tennis, hiking, camping, snow-boarding, fly-fishing, torah-reading, and gardening. Dr. Gittelman has participated in a variety of charitable events such as Habitat for Humanity, the Ride for Hope and Walk for Hope (benefiting patients and research on mental illness), blood donations, Sierra Club clean up days, and Martin Luther King Days of Service.