David Coulter

David Coulter, MD

Senior Associate in Neurology

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-2751

  • Fax: 617-730-0285

I believe that every person is valuable and deserves respect, regardless of their ability or disability, and regardless of the severity of their disability.

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Neurology

Departments

  • Neurology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Cerebral Palsy Program
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David Coulter

Why I entered medicine 

I became interested in neurology when I was in high school and wanted to learn how the brain works. I entered medicine in order to take care of patients with brain problems, choosing neurology over psychiatry because it seemed like a better fit for me.

Personal Interests: nature, poetry, music

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

Yale University, 1973

New Haven, CA

Internship

Duke University, 1974

Durham, NC

Residency

Duke University, 1974

Durham, NC

Residency

University of Michigan, 1978

Ann Arbor, MI

Fellowship

University of Michigan, 1978

Ann Arbor, MI

Fellowship

Harvard Medical School, 1999

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Child Neurology

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Professional History

My Professional and academic activities are concentrated on the issues related to neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD), particularly epilepsy, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability (what used to be called mental retardation) and autism. In June 2004 I became the President of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). While I was President, I began the process that led to changing the name of the organization to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) in 2008. I was also a co-author on the official document that changed the name from mental retardation to intellectual disability. I have had a long-standing interest in ethics and spirituality related to neurodevelopmental disabilities. I have written many articles on the treatment of epilepsy ion children with other neurodevelopmental disabilities, and this continues to be a large part of my clinical practice. I have been the neurologist at a school for autism for the past 12 years, where I also treat many children who had seizures. At BCH I am part of the team caring for children with cerebral palsy and continue to participate in continuing education activities on that topic.

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-2751 or Request an Appointment

Locations

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944

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