David Folsom accepts the position of Director, Division of Clinical Psychiatry

David Folsom MDAnnouncement from our Chair, Dr. Igor Grant:


Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that David Folsom MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Family Medicine, has accepted the position of Director, Division of Clinical Psychiatry. He will also serve as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Folsom will assume these roles effective July 1, 2015.

The Department is fortunate that during this time of rapid change in health services delivery, with increasing emphasis on population health, and particularly mental health, that we have in Dr. Folsom, who is Board Certified both in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, an individual uniquely positioned to lead our clinical efforts at this critical juncture.

By way of brief background, Dr. Folsom completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at UC San Diego, and then went to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school. He competed a transitional internship at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, and then became the first resident to be trained in the UC San Diego Combined Family Medicine Psychiatry residency.

After graduating from residency, Dr. Folsom completed a 2-year research fellowship at UC San Diego and the San Diego VA, focusing on health services research aimed at improving care for people who are homeless and mentally ill. This was followed by a NIMH-funded Research Career Development Award.

From 2008-2015 he was the Director of the UC San Diego Family Medicine Psychiatry Residency and the Medical Director of the clinic at Father Joe's Villages, where he provided both medical and psychiatric care for people who are homeless. Starting in 2011, he collaborated with Father Joe’s Villages on Project 25, a program for people who are homeless and extremely high utilizers of emergency health care. This program has been recognized as a national model for improving the care and lowering the health care costs for people who are chronically homeless and high utilizers of healthcare.

He was recognized as the Family Medicine Researcher of the year by the California Academy of Family Medicine in 2007, and won the UC San Diego Family Medicine Residency teaching award in 2011 for his contributions to training in mental health aspects of primary care.

During 2013 to 2105 Dr. Folsom contributed to the development of UCSD Department of Psychiatry’s Clinical Strategic Plan whose aim is to have a guiding blueprint toward establishing best practices in mental health services within UC San Diego Health.

I am delighted also that Dr. William Perry, who has so ably served the Department and UC San Diego Health for the past year as Interim Division Director, has agreed to continue with the Department of Psychiatry's leadership team as the Vice Chair for Program Development and Operations. A separate announcement will provide more detail on this.

Dr. Perry will also serve as the Co-Director of the Division of Clinical Psychiatry and continue to provide leadership to our clinical services while being principally responsible for managing the operations of the clinical division. The synergy between Drs. Folsom and Perry, which will take advantage of their individual and convergent experience and expertise, assures us that the Clinical Division is poised to make its next leap forward as an innovative, well integrated, responsive enterprise whose goal is to better the lives of patients and families affected by mental illness through providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based, personalized, and compassionate mental health care.


Igor Grant M.D.