David Teitel, MD, has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1982, after completing a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at this institution. He was the chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology for over two decades and medical director of the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center from its inception through 2015. His patient care activities are centered in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, where he performs diagnostic and interventional procedures on infants, children, and adults with congenital heart disease, and in the Pediatric Heart Center, where he has a half-day clinic. He is an expert in the adaptations of the newborn cardiovascular system to birth and the alterations that occur with congenital heart disease, which has been the primary area of his research. He co-authored a book on this topic, titled Neonatal Cardiology, and gives lectures throughout the Americas and Europe on the heart and circulation of the fetus and child.

Dr. Teitel has been involved in the Academic Senate for over two decades, working on various standing committees, ad hoc committees, and task forces. He has chaired the Committee on Library, the Committee on Education Policy, and the Academic Planning and Budget Committee in addition to the UCSF Academic Information Systems Board. He was vice chair of the Academic Senate for two years prior to becoming chair in September 2017. He has many areas of interest in the Academic Senate, but has a particular interest in information technology, distance learning, and space utilization and management.

Defined by UC Regents Standing Order 105, the Academic Senate is an independent liaison body that serves to represent faculty concerns and interests to both campus administration and the UC Office of the President.