David Scrase


David R. Scrase, MD, is a Board Certified Internist and David ScraseGeriatrician and is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and the Chief of Geriatrics at University of New Mexico Medical School. He is the parent of two boys at Menaul School, Jaycob Tarin-Madrid and Ashton Tarin. He is also the former President of Presbyterian Health Plan and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.  Five years ago he returned to the practice of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

Dr. Scrase completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Michigan, and his Internal Medicine Residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He received his Masters of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

He has held a variety of administrative positions through the years, including nine years in medical education, as well as numerous healthcare executive positions in Michigan and New Mexico.  He has been active in many New Mexico public policy committees and community organizations, and currently serves as a Director and Treasurer for Equality New Mexico.  He has served on the Governor’s Insure New Mexico! Committee and has participated in the Governor’s Health Care for New Mexicans Committee, on the national Ambulatory Quality Association setting quality metrics for professional practice, and on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry.

Despite his long administrative career, his first love and understood calling has always been patient care, and he has greatly enjoyed his return to medical practice as his primary role.  A sought after national medical speaker, David has presented a popular series of fascinating medical case presentations for many years, and has been named one of America’s Best Doctors each year from 1997 to 2017.  In each of the past five years, his peers have selected him as Albuquerque’s “Top Doc” in Geriatric Medicine.

While not seeing patients, he also works as a popular public speaker, consultant and writer.  He regularly provides entertaining talks at the local and national level on a wider variety of topics, including fascinating medical cases, successful aging, health policy, mindfulness, and happiness.  Under the pen name of David Roberts, in 2013 he published the book, Practice Makes Perfect: How One Doctor Found the Meaning of Lives, which chronicles some of the lessons he has learned from his most interesting patients.


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