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David Benhayon, MD, PhD

David Benhayon, MD
4401 Penn Ave., Suite Plaza Building, Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5180 Phone
412-692-6913 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

2005 MD, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center


2010 UPMC Triple Board Residency (Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry) 


  • American Association of Pediatrics, 2005-present
  • Sleep Research Society, 2008-present
  • American Psychiatric Association, 2010-present
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010-present

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, 2009
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (passed Part I, part II pending)    
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Psychiatry (planned) 
  • American Psychiatric Association APIRE Clinical Trials Research Fellowship, 2010


  • Bujoreanu S. I., Benhayon, D., and Szigethy, E.M. “Treatments of Depression for Children and Adolescents.”  Pediatric Annals, November 2011.
  • Benhayon, D., and Szigethy, E.M. “Psychiatric Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” In: Regueiro and Swoger (editors) Clinical Challenges and Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 2010.

Biography Summary

Dr. Benhayon is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Triple Board Program in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Child Psychiatry. His main interest is in sleep, an area of medicine that is integral to both physical and mental health. Clinical training in pediatrics and psychiatry has made him acutely aware of the need for better psychiatric treatments for physically ill children. Sleep requirements are greater in physically ill children, and sleep disruption adds to their overall medical burden. It is suspected that the inflammatory response is affected by sleep disruption, and vice versa, however the mechanisms responsible are poorly understood. Using inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a model, his research work focuses on the interactions between inflammation, sleep disruption, and psychiatric dysfunction. Patients with IBD have higher rates of depression and anxiety as opposed to patients with other chronic illnesses. Sleep disruptions are also extremely common in patients afflicted with IBD, therefore it would seem to be an ideal model system in which to study the relationship between sleep, psychiatric illness and medical disease.
Dr. Benhayon is also an active member of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation and Liaison service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as well as a Staff psychiatry in the emergency room at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside.
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May 8, 2013
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Last Update
May 8, 2013