Dan Derksen, MD

Director, Center for Rural Health
Department Chair, Community Environment and Policy
Professor, Public Health
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Dan Derksen has a joint appointment in the Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Family & Community Medicine. He was previously on faculty at the University of New Mexico. 

In August 2011, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Dr. Derksen as director of the Office of Health Care Reform, where he secured funding of $34.3m to help establish the state’s health insurance exchange. Dr. Derksen completed an RWJ Health Policy Fellowship in D.C. in 2008 with Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). He researched and drafted workforce provisions that were included in Title V of the Affordable Care Act.  As president of the New Mexico Medical Society in 2009, Dr. Derksen worked on medical homes legislation (HB 710) enacted to create pilots for the state’s Medicaid, SCI, and CHIP programs.

Dr. Derksen sees patients and teaches medical students and residents at UNM and at the South Valley Health Commons. 

Degrees
  • MD: University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1984
Honors and Awards
  • Member, American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Governmental Advocacy
  • President, New Mexico Medical Society, 2009
  • President, American Academy of Family Physicians, New Mexico Chapter, 2000
Residency
  • University of New Mexico, Family Medicine
Fellowship
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, D.C. Health Policy Fellowship with Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), 2008