About Chris



Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, and a mediocre triathlete, who strives to be a spectacle of the human engine driven at full speed.  He’s also a physician leader dedicated to improving America’s health and striving to be a spectacle of the human engine driven a full speed. As Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health, he still gets to practice neonatology with Mission Children’s, teach as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with UNC, and volunteer as a member of the Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO) Board Quality Committee and the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Board of Directors.

Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. DeRienzo completed his M.D., Masters in Public Policy, and post-graduate medical training all at Duke. Recognized by Modern Healthcare in 2018 as one of 15 “Up and Comers” Under 40 and Becker’s as one of healthcare’s “Rising Stars,” Chris has published and presented internationally on leveraging analytics to drive continuous improvement, implementing data science in healthcare, and the intersection of humanity and technology. His research has been funded by both public and private research grants, and he is a frequent advisor to companies from early-stage ventures to the Fortune 500 on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve communication.

At a national level, Dr. DeRienzo was just the fourth medical student elected and re-elected to serve on the AMA Board of Trustees. He is a Past-President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and has served in leadership roles within the AAP and the North Carolina Medical Society. He was appointed in early 2018 by the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Medical Care Advisory Committee, advising the Department on all aspects of Medicaid transformation, and has spent time advising the NC Quality Center on Safety Culture, the NC Division of Public Health, and the NC Institute of Medicine.

Outside of work Chris enjoys competing in triathlon.  He finished Ironman Louisville in 2018, is a two-time Ironman 70.3 Finisher and raced at the 2017 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Age Group National Championships.  He’s also a sucker for bucket list races his friends convince him “really won’t be as hard as they sound” and a frequent early-morning Zwift rider.  He’s seen every episode of The West Wing at least twice and can quote “Two Cathedrals” line-for-line… including the Latin swearing.

Chris lives with his family and their two incredibly energetic dogs in Asheville, NC.