David Vandenberg

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Medical Director

Physician Assistant Studies

204B Rackham Building


  • MD, Wayne State University, 1987


Dr. Vandenberg has been the medical director of the Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program since its inception in October, 2012. He is a physician with over 30 years of experience in both clinical practice and medical education in the fields of internal medicine and hospital medicine. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor.

Dr. Vandenberg previously held the position of chief of staff and Medical Director at Select Specialty Hospital in Ann Arbor. He has directed multiple hospitalist programs, and was among the first to integrate a Physician Assistant model into hospital-based care. An ardent supporter of health care education, he has held numerous clinical faculty positions with multiple PA programs and Medical Schools.

Professional Awards and Recognition

  • 2019: Hospitalist of the Year: Society of Hospital Medicine, Michigan Chapter
  • 2011: Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine: Society of Hospital Medicine
  • 2000 - 2012: “Best Doctors in America” annual list
  • 2010: Top Teacher Award: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
  • 2008: William B Gracie Award for the Outstanding Clinical Doctor: Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • 1989: Resident of the Year Teaching Award: Wayne State University Department of Medicine

Scholarly/Research Interests

  • Clinical quality and outcomes related to acute hospital care and care transitions