David G. Folks, MD, c. 2003



David G. Folks, MD, c. 2003




Originally from Detroit, Michigan, David G. Folks, MD, grew up in Oklahoma, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University. He went on to receive his medical degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he trained in Internal Medicine. Dr. Folks completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is Board certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Prior to UNMC, Dr. Folks was the vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He was also director of clinical services and medical director of the Center of Psychiatric Medicine.

Dr. Folks came to UNMC in 1993 to chair the joint Department of Psychiatry at UNMC and Creighton. During his tenure, he oversaw groundbreaking work in the study and treatment of Alzheimer’s and was involved in the creation of the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders. This center focused on researching Alzheimer’s as well as dementia in patients with AIDS. In 1999, Dr. Folks managed the departmental split between UNMC and Creighton while still maintaining a joint residency program through the two universities. Dr. Folks oversaw additional reorganization of the UNMC department in 2003, including the closure of the Richard Young Center. His efforts were focused on re-concentrating resources on the campus and working with the hospital partner, Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Folks’ goal was to improve access and availability of departmental services to patients and enhance the department’s support and visibility at UNMC. His reorganization supported the opening of a 10-bed inpatient psychiatric crisis unit located in University Tower.

Dr. Folks retired from the department in 2005, accepting a position as the chief medical officer of the New Hampshire Hospital and a faculty position at Dartmouth School. In 2017, he stepped down from this post to accept a faculty position at Michigan State University in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He also serves as medical director of Hospital Based Services for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.


Courtesy of UNMC Department of Strategic Communications


Department of Psychiatry

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