Medical School Officer and UCR Alumnus Appointed to Lead UCR Health

Michael Nduati, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., will lead community-based clinical activities of the UCR School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Nduati

Dr. Michael N. Nduati (’01) has been named senior associate dean of clinical affairs and chief executive officer of UCR Health

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Dr. Michael N. Nduati, a member of the UCR School of Medicine leadership team since 2012, has been named senior associate dean of clinical affairs and chief executive officer of UCR Health, the clinical enterprise of the medical school.

Nduati has been serving as associate dean for clinical affairs and now succeeds John Heydt, M.D., who is retiring.

“Dr. Nduati has been with the UCR School of Medicine since the beginning and he developed a very successful hospitalist program at Riverside Community Hospital. So he was the outstanding and natural choice to step into the senior associate dean role to build our community-based clinical enterprise,” said Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H., the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the medical school.

Nduati, a native of Upland, Calif., returned to his alma mater in 2012 to join the faculty of the then-developing UCR School of Medicine. Since then, he has undertaken a number of leadership roles in both the educational and clinical missions of the school – director of hospital medicine, associate dean for clinical affairs, co-creator of the new concurrent M.D./Master of Public Policy program at UCR, and co-director of an innovative medical education program called the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience.

Now he will work closely with Dean Deas to strategically expand UCR Health, serving as the physician executive leader of the medical school’s faculty practice.

“UCR Health has been growing rapidly as the School of Medicine works to achieve our mission of improving the health of people living in the communities we serve,” said Nduati, also an associate professor of family medicine. “Generally, we will continue our strategy to expand access to primary care, a critical shortage in Inland Southern California, and to build capacity in selected specialties where there is community need.”

Dr. Michael N. Nduati

Dr. Michael N. Nduati

Thus far, UCR Health has created a family medicine practice in Palm Springs, along with an associated residency training program, which addresses the severe primary care shortage in the Coachella Valley in the near- and long-term. Also active and growing are hospitalist programs – an adult hospital medicine program at Riverside Community Hospital and pediatric hospitalist programs at Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital.

The medical school’s psychiatry program, in addition to expanding the number of physicians in the Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health division, is creating a UCR Health outpatient presence in the community. UCR Health has also begun to establish programs in obstetrics/gynecology – including the subspecialty areas of gynecological oncology, urogynecology, and endocrinology – and in advanced neurosurgery, neurology and reconstructive surgery.

“Our strategic plan for UCR Health will include expanding our relationships with existing healthcare partners in the community and creating new partnerships that fill community needs and that are mutually beneficial,” Nduati said. Focus areas will also include leveraging existing strengths in the region to expand healthcare services, coordinating efforts in electronic medical records, and expanding in areas that will enhance the community teaching platform of the medical school. As it expands, UCR Health will also help create an environment in the region for expanding clinical trials of developing pharmaceutical and devices, he said.

Following his bachelor’s degree at UCR in 2001 and two years of medical education in Riverside, Nduati earned his M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed residency training in family medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. He also holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2014, he was nationally recognized as one of seven recipients of the New Faculty Scholar Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. In 2015, Nduati was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the UCR Alumni Association, and he was recently named as a fellow for the 2015-17 Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He is the principal investigator on a $2.3 million, five year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration embed continuous quality improvement research and inter-professional education in the curriculum of the medical school.

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