David O’Banion, MD, FAAP

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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

David O’Banion, MD, FAAP, was born in Louisiana and grew up in East Texas. He attended Louisiana State University, majoring in English while completing medical school prerequisites. He then attended University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and co-founded a senior-level course in medicine and literature. He matched to Oregon Health Science University's pediatric residency program, where his mentors helped shape his interests in relational health, parenting, adverse childhood experiences and difficult behaviors. He then pursued a fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma. Upon finishing fellowship, he followed his wife to London in her pursuit of a master’s in public health for eye care. There, he was a research assistant and co-authored a parenting support program for cerebral palsy in Ghana.

In December 2015, Dr. O’Banion then accepted a faculty position of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. He is in the division of neurology and conducts clinics in various locations through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He is also core faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia State’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. His academic role includes teaching pediatric residency programs and conducting specialty clinics at Children’s Center for Advanced Pediatrics and at Marcus Autism Center, where he is part of the medical services team. His research and clinical interests remain in parenting, relational health and adverse childhood experiences leading to developmental differences.


  • Polack, S., Adams, M., O’Banion, D., Baltussen, M., Asante, S., Kerac, M., Gladstone, M., Zuurmond, M. (2018). Children with cerebral palsy in Ghana: malnutrition, feeding challenges and caregiver quality of life. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.
  • Zuurmond, M., O’Banion, D., Gladstone, M., Carsamar S., Kerac, M., Baltussen, M., Tann, CJ., Gyamah, N., Polack, S. (2018) Evaluating the impact of a community based parent training programme for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana. PLOS ONE.