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 one of the large adult units at Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital, where I am challenged with treating individuals with chronic mental illness that have proven to be treatment resistant, hence their referral to Carter. My particular unit is designated the unit that treats all Deaf adults referred to the Indiana state hospital system.  Along with colleagues on the unit, I have studied this underserved population and published papers and given presentations on Deaf mental health topics at regional and national meetings.  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 two other realms of clinical work.  I have been involved in guiding the Indiana University Health University Hospital psychiatric consultation service over the last couple of years.  It is my hope that in the near future our Department will be starting a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, which I feel is an underrepresented yet very much needed subspecialty of psychiatry.  Also, I have been directing a teaching clinic at Goodman Hall’s Adult Psychiatry Clinic, generally working with 2 psychiatric residents over the past 7 years, and it has been quite enjoyable to see residents develop their clinical skills before my eyes. 

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 Past President of the Indiana Psychiatric Society.  I am 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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