Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, and a mediocre triathlete.  He’s also 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.  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 leveraging analytics to drive continuous improvement, implementing data science interventions in healthcare, transitions in care, resiliency and compassion fatigue.  His research has been funded by multiple public and private research grants including the NIH, he’s received multiple clinical and teaching awards, and serves as Chair of 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 was recently appointed by the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the state’s Medical Care Advisory committee, advising the Department on all aspects of Medicaid transformation. 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.  He (barely) completed the Raleigh Ironman 70.3 and raced at the 2017 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Age Group National Championships.  He’s training for a full Ironman in 2018 with coach Steve Brandes, is 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 incredibly energetic dog in Asheville, NC.