Dan Derksen, M.D., is the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Rural Health, and Professor & Chair of the Community, Environment & Policy Department at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
He oversees the State Office of Rural Health and Rural Hospital Flexibility Programs. He completed an RWJ Health Policy Fellowship 2007-08 with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He researched & drafted provisions to improve the supply and distribution of the nationâ€™s health workforce included in Title V of the Affordable Care Act. While working for Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM), he established New Mexicoâ€™s health insurance Marketplace.
As principal investigator of state, federal, private foundation, and grants in excess of $50 million over his 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.