David Rakel, MD

David Rakel, MD, has joined the University of New Mexico School of Medicine faculty as chair of the Department of Community & Family Medicine.

Rakel comes to UNM from the University of Wisconsin where he was founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program School of Public Health and School of Medicine.

“It is important that we leverage health care services in a rural state such as New Mexico,” said Martha McGrew, MD, the School of Medicine’s executive vice dean. “Dr. Rakel brings a wealth of experience in how to approach creating better health care outcomes to the state’s citizens.”

Rakel is board certified in family and integrative medicine and has a career-long interest in rural medicine. He also completed a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

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 and his research team were also awarded a six-year contract through the Veterans Health Care Administration towards creating a personalized, proactive and patient-driven cultural shift in health care delivery.

Rakel said he is looking forward to working with communities within the state.

“Modern health care is a complex system. In order to support the community’s needs we must first listen and honor what they believe is important rather than just giving them what we know is useful,” he said.