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Amy McGaha, MD, MPH, FAAFP Appointed Chair of Family and Community Medicine

April 01, 2024

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Amy McGaha, MD, MPH, FAAFP has joined the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health as department chair of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. McGaha comes to Nevada from Omaha, Nebraska where she served as the Roland L. Kleeberger, MD professor and chair for the Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. 

Dr. McGaha previously served as the assistant director of medical education for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the professional membership association for family physicians, working to develop family medicine workforce and medical education. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and on the board for CHI Health, the clinical partner of Creighton University School of Medicine. Prior to those appointments, Dr. McGaha provided inpatient and outpatient care for Freeman Health Systems in Missouri. Dr. McGaha completed her education at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia and completed her residency in family medicine in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. McGaha also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. She is a fellow of the AAFP.

Dr. McGaha will serve as the joint academic and administrative leader defining clinical operations to expand care, enhancing teaching and training programs vital to ambulatory and acute care medicine in northern Nevada and fostering clinical and translational research and diversity missions.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. McGaha,” said Paul J. Hauptman, MD, dean of UNR Med and chief academic officer for Renown Health. “As our new chair for Family and Community Medicine, she brings to us a wealth of experience, dedication and innovation that will continue to elevate the quality of care we provide to patients and the excellence in education we offer to students. Dr. McGaha has a strong background in academic medicine, distinction in clinical care, medical education, and research, and is universally respected as a compassionate physician leader. Dr. McGaha will do much to advance the mission of our Family Medicine Residency program and expand related Graduate Medical Education (GME) opportunities, shaping the future of family medicine in northern Nevada and beyond.”

“Dr. McGaha will help bolster our commitment to providing exceptional primary care services to our community. With her guidance, we will advance patient-centered care, train the next generation of health care professionals and foster a culture of innovation within our academic health system,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Renown Health. “This is an exciting time for Dr. McGaha to help craft our vision to offer more efficient and affordable care, elevate the patient experience and advance health equity across northern Nevada. We are fortunate to have her joining our team and our community.” Dr. McGaha will spearhead initiatives to enhance clinical outcomes, promote preventative health measures and foster collaboration among health care providers to optimize patient care delivery. In addition, Dr. McGaha will oversee the Family Medicine Residency, a full-scope, fully accredited program at UNR Med. Graduates practice in various settings, both rural and urban, solo family medicine and in large provider groups, traditional outpatient family medicine and as hospitalists or urgent care physicians.

Dr. McGaha’s research has explored maternal health equity. She designed a Medical-Financial Collaborative Care Practice Model to address social determinants of health in patients with Type 2 diabetes. She has also presented nationally on diverse topics, such as “Advancing Inclusion and Belonging in Health Science Education” and “Innovating Interprofessional Collaboration in a Primary Care Setting.” An author of 25 academic papers, she has a long history of community service to schools, hospice organizations and neighborhood health clinics.

Dr. McGaha has won many awards for her work in medical education, including the AIHC Interprofessional Practice Award, induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Creighton University, the AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Grant Award, the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, and the Ellen Beck Faculty Award for Medical Staff Outstanding Commitment.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), Nevada’s first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Since 1969, UNR Med has trained more than 3,900 students, residents, and fellows. UNR Med continues to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national, and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit med.unr.edu.

Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,000 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination, and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center, two acute care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a medical group and urgent care network, and the locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health.

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