Department of Family and Community Medicine
The well-being and healthcare of individuals, families and communities in New Mexico will be enhanced through our integration of, and advocacy for, the principles of Public Health and Family and Community Medicine.
We are leaders in partnering with communities to enhance the health and well-being of the people of New Mexico through innovative education, research and service.
If you'd like to learn more about our department and its myriad programs, services and partnerships, click here for a copy of our most recent Annual Report.
WELCOME Dr. David Rakel, the new Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Dr. Rakel started his career near the Teton Mountains in Driggs, Idaho where he was in rural private practice for five years before completing a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He was the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program and professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Rakel is co-editor of the Textbook of Family Medicine (8th and 9th eds), Editor of Integrative Medicine (1-4 eds) and editor-in-chief of Primary Care Practice Update. He has received NIH funding to study the ‘clinician effect’ and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. His team was awarded a 6-year contract to educate clinicians in the Veterans Health Care Administration towards a Personalized, Proactive and Patient Driven cultural shift in health care delivery.
He was one of 5 mentors for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health student body. He is board certified in Family and Integrative Medicine and he has been awarded a number of teaching awards including: The Baldwin E. Lloyd Clinical Teacher Award; The UW Department of Family Medicine Faculty Excellence Award; The Marc Hansen Lecture Award; The Resident Teacher-of-the-Year Award; and, The Leonard Tow Faculty Compassion Award and has been elected to The Gold Humanism Honor Society.
His professional passion is to explore complex systems and develop insight into how each can find a path towards health. This focus has served in addressing clinician burnout and strategizing to improve health care delivery systems. Dr Rakel is excited about returning to the diverse cultures and landscapes of the west and to explore new vistas and hiking trails with his wife, Denise. They have three grown children.
THANK YOU Dr. Warren Heffron, Interim Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine
The Department Faculty & Staff want to thank you for your leadership, mentorship and guidance over these last two years.