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David Velkoff, MD, MA

Medical Director located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

About Dr. Velkoff


David F. Velkoff, MD, is the medical director and co-founder of Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine. At the practice’s two locations in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, he specializes in neurophysical medicine and supervises all evaluation procedures and treatment programs.

Dr. Velkoff earned his Master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles in 1975, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1976. Dr. Velkoff completed his postgraduate work in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California Medical Center in Irvine. He then shifted his specialty to behavioral medicine and attended Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, (now in Houston, Texas) to learn biofeedback technology. In 1980, he co-founded the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine.

Seeking to better understand the link between illness and the mind, Dr. Velkoff served as the clinical director of an international research study on psychoneuroimmunology with the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

More recently, Dr. Velkoff served as one of the founding associated editors of the scientific publication, Journal of Neurotherapy.