David Reehlmann, MSW
Department of Family Medicine
LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics
David O. Reehlmann, MSW, LCSW, BACS, is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Coordinator of Behavioral Science for the Family Practice Residency Program based at University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette, La. He is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of that major component of resident training.
Mr. Reehlmann obtained a bachelor's degree in Sociology from LSU in 1971, prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army. In his military occupational specialty of Social Work/Psychology Procedures, he held positions in both southeast Asia and New Jersey, including at an outpatient psychiatry clinic at Long Binh, Vietnam, and locations such as the Mental Hygiene Consultation Service outpatient clinic, Stockade Mental Health Clinic, and In-Patient Psychiatric Unit at Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix, NJ.
After obtaining a master's degree of Social Work from Tulane University in 1975, Mr. Reehlmann worked for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. There, he was involved in the initial development and operation of a special treatment unit for emotionally disturbed inmates in Arabi, La., where he became Chief Social Worker in charge of the clinical staff.
He was a faculty member and Behavioral Science Coordinator for the LSU Family Medicine Residency Program in Bogalusa, La., from 1976 to 1990 and spent two years with the Department of Family Medicine in New Orleans before joining the faculty in Lafayette in 1992.
Mr. Reehlmann's interests include issues related to the physician-patient relationship, interpersonal skills, treatment adherence, the problem of substance abuse, and medical ethics. He is on the Ethics Committee at UMC and is a member of the Acadiana Area Optimal Care Committee, an area-wide ethics consultation resource for patients, families, health-care providers, and facilities. He has worked as a social-work consultant at Washington Correctional Institute, a state penitentiary in Angie, LA and was active for many years as the mental health clinician on the First Step Detox Unit at University Medical Center.