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David Rosenthal, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Medical Director, H-PACT (Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team), VA Connecticut; Course Director, Capstone Course, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Clinical Advisor, Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT)

Contact Information

David Rosenthal, MD

Patient Care Location

  • VA Connecticut Healthcare
    950 Campbell Avenue
    West Haven, CT, 06516



Dr. Rosenthal is a Primary Care Physician, Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team for VA Connecticut, a medical home model of care with specialized access for Veterans experiencing homelessness located in the Errera Community Care Center. He helped plan and create the VACT HPACT clinic in 2012 including the physical build out, creation of processes, and staff hiring and training; development of daily huddle checklists and quality improvement initiatives, awarded VA/VISN 1 Quality Improvement Award for Best Population Health Program, was awarded Best Clinical Innovation by Yale Department of Psychiatry, and was part of the CRRC team awarded large grant from Congress for large expansion to new clinical site in 2018 with expanded educational mission. In August 2015, USICH officially recognized Connecticut as first state to functionally end chronic homelessness in Veterans, in January 2016, recognized as second state to functionally end homelessness in all Veterans. As of August 2017, VA Connecticut Homeless PACT was recognized as the #1 Top Performing H-PACT in Management of High-Utilizing Patients. For more information about the National Homeless PACT Program here featured on AHRQ website.

His prior work experience spans roles in technology, education, and the arts -- including helping to start a venture-backed health informatics startup Keas after medical school. Dr. Rosenthal has written on medicine, health information technology, and medical ethics in The New England Journal of Medicine, Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, The Journal of Participatory Medicine, The Journal of Medical Internet Research, and in books addressing medical ethics in film. His documentary film entitled Witnessing Death: A grandson's reflections on Alzheimer's has been shown widely across the country and has been used in Certified Nursing Aide trainings. He has served previously as Tutor and Head Premedical Advisor at Pforzheimer House (Harvard), on various CT state Homelessness initiatives and workgroups including the Governor's Taskforce for Rocky Hill Redesign, the CT Heroes and Reaching Home Workgroup, and on clinical advisory boards for health startups.

He also currently serves as the Course Director of the Capstone Course (formerly ICM) for all graduating Yale Medical Students. He helps teach courses in Professionalism and Ethical Responsibility, Patient Centered Interviewing, Physical Diagnosis, Biopsychosocial care, Clinical Reasoning, and Creating Healthcare and Life Science Ventures. He is strong advocate for partnerships to focus on social determinants of health and vocal proponent of Medical-Legal Partnerships. 

Dr. Rosenthal graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received his M.D. from Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and completed his internship and primary care residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Management and Leadership Track.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Northwestern University Medical School (2008)
  • BA
    Harvard University, Visual and Environmental Studies (2001)
  • Medical Residency - Primary Care Track
    Brigham & Women's Hospital

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Vasquez Award for HumanismVA Connecticut, Yale Traditional Internal Medicine Residency Program2019
Roivant Science Prize2018 Yale Healthcare Hackathon2018
Kindness Award WinnerVA Connecticut2017
ICARE Award - for Point in Time CountVACT2017
Secretary of VA ICARE Award - awarded to VACT Homeless Programs for work in ending Veteran Homelessness in CTDepartment of Veteran's Affairs2016
Outstanding Clinical InnovationYale Department of Psychiatry2014
Resident Teaching AwardFaulkner Hospital2011
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor SocietyNorthwestern Medical School2007
Kirkland House Art AwardHarvard College2001

Departments & Organizations