David Powell, M.D.

Sub investigator
Metairie, LA


Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland
Medical Degree: Tulane University School of Medicine
Internship: Internal Medicine, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth
Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine

Board certifications


Why clinical research?

I’ve been interested in research since I was in college and worked at Walter Reed Institute of Research in Washington D.C. Our team received the first Polymerase Chain Reaction to amplify DNA which was instrumental in the development of the first Hepatitis B vaccine in the 1980s.

Going to medical school and being able to make a difference in patients’ lives was even more exciting than doing research into the mechanism of the disease itself. Combining clinical medicine and research is the best of both worlds. Being at the forefront of developing new medicines or repurposing established medicines for different diseases combines both of my passions. The ultimate goal is the betterment of human existence.


My interests outside of work include, first and foremost, my family. My wife of 17 years, Courtney, is a clinical psychologist. My son Sam, 14, loves golf and lacrosse, and my daughter Josie, 13, loves everything. We all enjoy traveling and strive to be as active as possible!