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Daniel Derksen MD

Daniel  Derksen MD

Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair & Director, University of Arizona Center for Rural Health, Professor of Public Health, Public Health Policy and Management Program

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245210
Drachman Hall A225
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-3085


Daniel Derksen, MD, is the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair & Director of the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH), and Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. As AzCRH Director, he oversees the State Office of Rural Health (AzSORH), the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (AzFlex), the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), and the AzCRH Navigator Consortium.

After graduating from the University of Arizona 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 Governor Susana Martinez as Director, New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform, Dr. Derksen wrote and was funded ($34.3 million) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish New Mexico’s state health insurance Marketplace.

Dr. Derksen completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He researched and drafted federal legislative provisions to improve the nation’s supply and distribution of the health workforce that were included in Title V of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.”  

As principal investigator of state, federal, private foundation, and grants in excess of $60 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.

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The University of Arizona