David N. Sundwall, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Rocky Mountain Care, Salt Lake City, UT


David Sundwall, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah – School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1978 (albeit with a very long leave of absence from 1981-2005 when he lived in Washington DC, and had a variety of positions in the federal government and private sector).  He served as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health and Commissioner of Health for the State of Utah, from 2005 through 2010.  He has served on numerous government and community boards and advisory groups in his home state, including Chair of the Utah State Controlled Substance Advisory Committee [CASC], and as Vice Chair of the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission [MACPAC], from 2010-2014.

Dr. Sundwall was President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) from 2007-8.  He has chaired or served on several committees of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and is currently on the National Advisory Committee – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [RWJF] Health Policy Fellowship Program. He is a “National Associate” of the National Research Council of the National Academies (Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine) – Lifetime appointment).

Prior to returning to Utah in 2005, he was President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), and prior to that was Vice President and Medical Director of American Healthcare Systems (AmHS).  Dr. Sundwall’ s federal government experience includes serving as Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and Director of the Health and Human Resources Staff of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.  He received his medical degree from the University of Utah – School of Medicine, and completed residency in the Harvard Family Medicine Program. He is a licensed physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice, and works as a primary care physician in a public health clinic three-half days each week.