Dr. Daniel Derksen Appointed President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians

Health policy expert Daniel Derksen, MD, the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and professor of public health policy and management at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been appointed president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP).

AzAFP’s 1,600 members include allopathic and osteopathic family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. It is the state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians with 120,000 members.

As director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH), Dr. Derksen oversees the state Office of Rural Health, the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program and the AzCRH Navigator Consortium.

After graduating from the UA College of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Derksen completed his family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico, where he worked as a faculty member for 25 years.

While working for Gov. Susana Martinez as director of the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform, Dr. Derksen established New Mexico’s state health insurance Marketplace that currently covers more than 50,000 New Mexicans.

Dr. Derksen completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. He researched and drafted federal legislative provisions to improve the nation’s supply and distribution of the health workforce, enacted in 2010.

As principal investigator of state, federal and private foundation grants in excess of $55 million over his academic career, Dr. Derksen works to improve health insurance coverage and access to high-quality health care, emphasizing community-based service-learning models in rural areas.

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: publichealth.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter)

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn)