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David Podell

Instructor; Chair of Medicine, Waterbury Hospital; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Quinnipiac University

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David Podell, MD, PhD, MACP, FACR


Dr. Podell joined Waterbury Hospital in 1989 and is Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Podell graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Podell is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In 1989 he became the Director of Rheumatology at Waterbury Hospital and joined the clinical faculty of the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 1994 he became Director of Medicine until 2007 at which time he served as Firm Chief for the next five years until assuming the role of Chairman of Medicine at Waterbury Hospital again in 2012. Dr. Podell is also a past Governor of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Podell’s interests lie in patient centered care and in general clinical rheumatology.

Dr. Podell is a Master in the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow in the American College of Rheumatology. He is also a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians-London.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Laureate Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the George Thornton Award for recognizing his teaching ability. Dr. Podell also has won the Hospital Teacher of the Year from the Yale University School Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program on two occasions. He has also won the Teacher of the Year for the newly formed Yale-New Haven Hospital/Waterbury Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has been one of Connecticut’s Top Docs consecutively since 1995 and has been featured in the Diagnosis Column of the New York Times magazine section written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. In addition, the Podell Firm has been named in his honor at Waterbury Hospital.

Education & Training

  • Mastership
    American College of Physicians (2011)
  • Fellow
    American College of Rheumatology (1990)
  • MD
    University of Rochester (1980)
  • PhD
    University of Rochester (1980)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1984)

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