Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, David attended Erasmus Hall High School before entering Brooklyn College. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He went on to the University of Rochester School of Medicine on a Jonas Salk scholarship where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honors society. He completed his medical residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as a Harvard fellow.

David then joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, as an internist at the Bassett Army Hospital. Following his honorable discharge, he completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Colorado. He then joined a cardiology practice at Rose Medical Center and became a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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