About Chris


Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, a storyteller, and a mediocre triathlete.  He’s also the author of the upcoming book Real Medicine, a story about the ups, downs, absurd and sublime of life as a doctor scheduled for release in 2018.

At work, Dr. DeRienzo is a physician executive dedicated to improving the quality, safety, experience and sustainability of healthcare for all Americans, and currently serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health.  In this role, he has senior executive responsibility for quality, safety, and service excellence across a $1.8 billion integrated health system.  He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with both Duke and UNC, and serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. DeRienzo completed his M.D., Masters in Public Policy, and post-graduate medical training all at Duke.  Chris has published and presented internationally on improving quality outcomes, transitions in care, resiliency and compassion fatigue, and the implications of the analytics revolution in healthcare.  He has been continuously grant funded in his research efforts since his first year of fellowship, has received multiple clinical and teaching awards, and volunteers on the Board of the Carolinas March of Dimes.

At a national level, Dr. DeRienzo was just the fourth medical student elected and re-elected to serve on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.  He is a Past-President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and has served in leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Medical Society.  Chris has advised companies from Doximity to Google on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication.  He also serves as an advisor to the NC Quality Center on Safety Culture and as a member of both the NC Division of Public Health Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Group and the NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Healthcare Analytics.

Outside of work Chris enjoys competing in triathlon and has been fortunate enough to complete the Raleigh Ironman 70.3 and race at the 2017 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Age Group National Championships.  He’s a sucker for bucket list races his friends convince him “really won’t be as hard as they sound,” and is a frequent early-morning Zwift rider.  He’s seen every episode of The West Wing at least twice and can quote every line from “Two Cathedrals” including the Latin swearing.  Chris lives with his family and their two incredibly energetic dogs in Asheville, NC.