Edgar Burns Medical Society Head:

David Galarneau, MD
Clerkship Director Mental Health
Staff Physician Psychiatry


Dr. David Galarneau was born in Troy, New York, the home of Uncle Sam, and completed high school and college in the “collar city” as well. Then it was down to The Big Apple for medical school and psychiatry residency, as well as one additional year post-training. In 2006, he relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been with Ochsner Medical System ever since. Dr. Galarenau is currently the Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as the Director of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program in Psychiatry for the Ochsner Clinical School.  He has special interests in inpatient psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Credentials & Qualifications
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute​
    • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, May 1997
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, May 1997
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    • Doctor of Medicine, May 2001
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    • Postgraduate Residency Training in Psychiatry, June 2001 – June 2005
    • Chief Resident in Psychiatry, June 2004 – June 2005
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital​
    • Assistant Attending Psychiatrist: July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University​
    • Instructor in Psychiatry: July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
  • Ochsner Health System
    • Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: July 1, 2006 – present
  • Louisiana State University, School of Medicine
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry: July 1, 2006 – present
  • Ochsner Clinical School​
    • Director, Undergraduate Medical Education Program in Psychiatry: July 1, 2009 – present
  • The University of Queensland, School of Medicine
    • Senior Lecturer: July 1, 2009 – present
Research Interests

Dr. Galarneau is interested primarily in clinical research involving inpatient psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

Best Part of My Job

Working with the staff of the inpatient psychiatry unit, as well as with the medical students and residents.


To schedule a meeting with the Burns Society Head, David Galarneau, MD, please contact the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs:

Phone: +1 504 703 2242
Email: med.ocsStudentAdmin@enquire.uq.edu.au