David D. Chen, MD, MPH

Physician Scientist; Physician, Internal Medicine

Dr. Chen is a hospitalist/pediatric hospitalist with Christiana Care Health System. He joined Christiana Care from Beacon Christian Community Health Center, where he provided education, training and research to integrate Electronic Medical Records into practice, designed and implemented programs for improvements in adult and pediatric primary care, and coordinated a vaccination site for pandemic H1N1 in New York City.

Dr. Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University. He earned his medical degree and a master of public health, with concentration in Health Systems and Policy and advanced coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. During medical school he conducted fieldwork at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was a college ministry chaplain, and served as director and specialty care coordinator at a student-run free clinic serving homeless and uninsured patients. While completing the combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at Christiana Care, Jefferson Medical College and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Dr. Chen developed a pediatric outpatient system for dental education and in-office care, accompanied by training, interdisciplinary collaboration for continuity of care, use of EMR data and advocacy for state-wide medical reimbursement to pediatric practices.

Dr. Chen is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. He has published and delivered national presentations, presents yearly on health and safety to seventh grade students, and is a first responder for local gunshot wounds. Dr. Chen has been honored with the Christiana Care Department of Medicine 2014 Mark W. Maxwell Award for devotion to patients and extraordinary enthusiasm, a scholarship from the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a teaching award from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society.