F. David Schneider, MD, MSPH
Dr. Schneider was the founding President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, serving from 2005 to 2007. He is a family physician and is the Perry E. Gross, MD, Distinguished Chair in Family Medicine, and Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has spent much of his career focusing on how physicians help patients who have a history of toxic stress.
He is a graduate of Boston University Medical School, the Duke University Southern AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program, and a fellowship in academic family medicine at the University of Missouri where he earned a Master of Science in Public Health. Prior to his arrival at UT Southwestern, he was chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University from 2008 to 2017, and before that, a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he served as Director of Medical Student Education, Residency Program Director, and Vice Chair in Family and Community Medicine. His career has focused on medical education and the health effects of violence and victimization. He has worked nationally to strengthen health professions education on violence and abuse, Dr. Schneider is a past chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (formerly the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse). He is a leader in family medicine having served as president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Public Health. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. In addition to toxic stress and its effect on health, Dr. Schneider is studies the use of opioids in the management of chronic non-malignant pain, population health, and ways to improve the delivery of primary care.