David Benhayon, MD, PhD


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Secondary Specialty:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Memphis, TN


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic,
Pittsburgh, PA


University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA


UPMC Presbyterian
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC Mercy


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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Locations and Directions

  • Department of Psychiatry

    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

    3811 O'Hara St.
    Pittsburgh PA, 15213
    (412) 624-1000

  • Department of Psychiatry

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

    4401 Penn Ave.
    Pittsburgh PA, 15224
    (412) 692-5135