David Schmitz, MD

Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

David Schmitz, MD, is the chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is an internationally known and respected clinician who has extensive research expertise in training and retaining physicians in rural and underserved areas, the development of rural communities’ healthcare resources, and quality improvement in rural healthcare. He has published and presented extensively on his research. He continues to practice clinically and teaches at the UND.

As chair, he works with the school’s clinical partners to innovatively meet the need for education and training of current and future health professionals to effectively serve rural and underserved areas of the state.

Schmitz earned his medical doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency training at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise. Schmitz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has served as the president of the National Rural Health Association and was founding chair of the American Academy of Family Physician Member Interest Group on Rural Health. Schmitz is active serving with several national organizations including the National Quality Forum and functions in roles with several federally funded grants focused on rural medical education and health care. Internationally, he is an executive committee member of the Global Association of Family Doctors (WONCA) Working Party on Rural Health.

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