I completed my residency training in this very program in 1984, and assumed the role of department chair in 2019. To my current role, I bring 35 years of experience as a community-based primary care physician, medical educator, academic leader, and advocate for the medically underserved. After almost two decades in community-based practice I joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn SoM) in 2003. In addition to my role as department chair, I also serve as the Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs. I was formerly, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UConn SoM for almost a decade. My childhood experience growing up in a housing project in Chicago has given me first-hand experience of social determinants of health (SDoH) and health disparities, and my experience as a physician and educator gives me the knowledge and skill to address them. Issues related to primary care development, diversity, inclusion and health equity have been the guiding focus of all of my academic, clinical and advocacy efforts whether local, regional (serving on state taskforce groups) or on a national level through leadership in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Change MedEd Consortium. Our department makes valuable contributions to the UConn SoM, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the community. In my role as chair, I continue to work to deepen the relationships between our department and these three vital partners.
David D. Henderson, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Multicultural and Community Affairs