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Dr. David Folsom, MD

Dr. David Folsom, MD

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    Overview

    David Folsom, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and director of the Division of Clinical Psychiatry at UC San Diego Health. He has a special interest in providing care for people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses, and those with both mental and physical health problems. He uses a comprehensive, whole-person approach to psychiatric care, addressing all areas that contribute to a persons successful recovery as well as promoting life skills, providing education, and cultivating help-seeking behavior.Dr. Folsom is leading a National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded project that focuses on improving medical care for people who are homeless and have a serious mental illness. His past research work includes collaboration with San Diegos largest homeless service provider, Father Joes Villages, on Project 25. Project 25 has become a nationally recognized model of improving care for people who are homeless who are repeatedly in and out of the hospital and ER. By providing housing, intensive care management, harm reduction treatment and a medical home, Project 25 has been able to demonstrate better health outcomes while substantially reducing health care costs.In 2007, Dr. Folsom was named Researcher of the Year by the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). In 2011, he won the family medicine residency teaching award at UC San Diego School of Medicine for his contributions to training in mental health aspects of primary care. He was awarded the 2015 Robert D. Sparks, MD, Leadership Achievement Award by the California Medical Association Foundation for his outstanding efforts to improve patient and community health through partnerships with leaders in medicine and related health professions.Dr. Folsom earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed an internship at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He was the first resident to be trained in UC San Diego School of Medicines combined family medicine psychiatry residency program, which integrates family medicine and psychiatry and focuses training on underserved, high-risk, and medically ill patients. Dr. Folsom completed his two-year research fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Folsom is board-certified in psychiatry and family medicine.UC San Diego Health LinksFor more information, see http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/psych/Pages/default.aspx.

    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise

    Psychiatrist

    Education & Training

    Medical Degree - Medical University of South Carolina

    Other Degree - Mercy Hospital, San Diego

    Other Degree - UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego

    Medical Degree - Director, Division of Clinical Psychiatry

    Medical Degree - Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Family Medicine

    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

    Insurances

    Please contact Dr. Folsom's office to confirm accepted insurance plans.

    Locations

    UC San Diego Health

    200 West Arbor Dr

    San Diego, CA 92103

    (858) 657-7000

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is David Folsom accepting new patients?

    Yes, David Folsom is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does David Folsom offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Folsom's office at (858) 657-7000 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does David Folsom offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Folsom's office at (858) 657-7000 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does David Folsom speak?

    David Folsom speaks English.

    Which board certifications does David Folsom have?

    David Folsom is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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