Résumé and Curriculum Vitae

David R. Scrase, M.D.


Undergraduate:The University of Michigan, B.S. with distinction, 1973; Zoology Major, Mathematics and Chemistry Minors

Graduate:The University of Michigan Medical School, M.D. 1978

Postgraduate:The University of Michigan School of Public Health, Masters Degree in Health Services Administration, 1995

Fellowship:American Association of Health Plans Executive Leadership Program, Certified Managed Care Executive (CMCE), 2000

Postdoctoral Training (Internship and Residency)

Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH), Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978 - 1981

Current and Prior Academic Appointments

Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Clinical Faculty, 2001 – 2007

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clinical Instructor I, 1987 - 1992; Clinical Assistant Professor, 1992 - 1998

Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Head for Education (Residency Program Director), SJMH, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986 - 1995

Current Professional Status

Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Practice, Presbyterian Medical Group, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Active Status, Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Internal Medicine group practice), 1998 - present


Named one of The Best Doctors in America, for nine consecutive two-year periods, from 1996-2012 (Aiken, South Carolina: Woodward/ White, Inc.)  http://www.bestdoctors.com/us/

Graduate of Leadership New Mexico, 2000

Named one of New Mexico’s Power Brokers by The New Mexico Business Weekly, 2005, 2006, 2007 (cover story)

Named the Albuquerque Top Doc in Geriatrics, 2010 and 2011, Albuquerque, The Magazine http://www.abqthemag.com

Named one of The Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals, 2011 http://iahcp.com/

Prior Professional and Administrative Positions

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS), 2007-2009

Chief Operating Officer for PHS, a $2 B healthcare organization, the largest in New Mexico

primary responsibility for the Presbyterian Delivery System, a $1 B annual revenue organization consisting of seven hospitals, a 500 physician medical group, as well as Home Health, Ambulance, and other medical services

hired an entirely new executive team and established connectivity across the delivery system to create a common approach to performance improvement

led the PHS Enterprise Operations Team, consisting of 12 operational leaders responsible for overall system performance

established a comprehensive system for measuring system performance in five key areas: Clinical Quality, Customer Loyalty, Financial Outcomes, Staff Focus, and Growth and Mission

led system-wide Monthly Performance Review meetings to manage performance against Board-established targets.

implemented a system to measure productivity for each hospital and medical group department, resulting in a 10 percent increase in productivity

led the establishment of multiple enterprise-wide initiatives including a Quality Institute, a customer call center, an appeals and grievance function, medical management function, and decision support

sponsored the development of a Hospital at Home program that reduced length of stay and cost per day while increasing patient satisfaction and improving outcomes

President, Presbyterian Health Plan (PHP), 1998-2007

accountable for overall operations and performance for 450,000 members in Commercial, ASO, Medicare, and Medicaid products (including Dual Eligible Pharmacy benefit)

helped to lead growth in revenues from $500 million to more than $1 Billion in an eight year period

achieved a three year NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) accreditation in all products on first site visit to PHP; PHP was one of only 10 Health Plans in the United States to hold Excellent ratings in Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid

led efforts to improve member satisfaction from less than the 50th percentile to the 90th percentile between 2000 and 2006

developed a measurement oriented culture that defined and published monthly progress toward all organizational targets

established a Quality Improvement program that identified and fixed process and performance issues

established a clinical and financial data warehouse, including a comprehensive physician profiling tool

led financial turnaround from a 7.8 percent net operating income loss in 1998 to a 4.5 percent profit in 2004 on $950 M in revenue, with clearly met performance targets in four of four product lines in multiple years.  In addition, brought Plan to a positive net retained earnings position and paid Presbyterian Healthcare Services dividends of over $50 million.

established disciplined underwriting to allow New Mexico commercial products to meet performance expectations

successfully negotiated contracts with the New Mexico Human Services Department to keep the 130,000 member PHP Medicaid product performance at targets despite frequent policy and regulatory changes in the program

developed internal audit and compliance programs , creating a plan-wide environment of compliance that created the required level of compliance with all regulators

developed successful start up of Presbyterian Insurance Company to offer PPO and other indemnity products in 2002

led team efforts to reduce administrative costs from 18% of revenues to less than 8 percent, exclusive of premium taxes, substantially increasing value to customers

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Presbyterian Health Plan, 1998

developed region, product, and benefit financial analysis of health care costs and implemented action plans to improve utilization of medical services, including $2 million projected savings in medical costs

developed comprehensive NCQA self assessment and plan for accreditation

facilitated development and implementation of system Health Management plan

facilitated development of an HMO data warehouse and clinical data mart

brought 165,000 commercial lives into a behavioral health “carve-in” product

implemented changes in first six months saving $1.2 million of $7.5 million administrative budget

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Health Plans and Vice President, Clinical Informatics, Mercy Information Systems (1997-1998)

key member of Mercy Health Plans’ executive management team and Office of the President with responsibility and accountability for corporate-wide success

executive responsible for Care Choices HMO Board of Directors

developed with General Motors nationally adopted quality measurement criteria

achieved successful NCQA accreditation survey with 6 months of preparation

developed new Medicare and Medicaid products, achieved regulatory approvals

redesigned medical management team and created a successful turnaround

redesigned member grievance and appeal process

redesigned utilization management with 80% increase in physician efficiency

clinical member of MIS executive management team

developed a corporate clinical information systems design template

organized selection process for system wide electronic medical record

Vice President for Primary Care, Mission Health Corporation (1995-1997)

key executive team member responsible and accountable for success of $1 billion joint venture between two Catholic Healthcare Systems

leader of combined 120 physician primary care group

created primary care productivity based physician compensation plan which included managed care and fee for service based incentives and effectively incorporated mid-level providers

responsible for primary care practice analysis and purchase

hospital representative on PHO Board of Directors (responsible for 110,000 globally capitated lives)

created and administered a Physician Leadership Development program with emphasis on managed care education, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Associate Head for Education, Department of Internal Medicine (1986-1995)

turnaround and development of a nationally recognized residency program

principal investigator for a $500,000 Federal grant for underserved

extensive CQI training; taught more than 200 physicians in CQI courses

developed a comprehensive analysis of GME financing for my hospital

served on the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education Appeal Panel for six years

served on the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Council for three years

Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA) Board of Directors (1984-1986)

one of six physicians who created HVPA and McAuley Health Plan (HMO) in 1984

elected HVPA Treasurer for three years and Finance Committee chair for six years, created and evaluated alternate financing mechanisms, including primary care and specialty capitation

designed Utilization Review and Quality Assurance process for new HMO

Clinical Practice of Internal Medicine, 1981-present

co-founded, directed and developed a 15 physician Internal Medicine group

named one of The Best Doctors in America, 1996-2012, (Aiken, South Carolina: Woodward/White, Inc.)

elected to positions in state (ACP-Michigan Council, ACP New Mexico Council) and national (APDIM Council, ACGME) internal medicine

Certification and Licensure

Medical Licensure:New Mexico, 1998 - present

Michigan, 1978 - 2000

Board Certification:American Board of Internal Medicine, 1981

Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, 1990, 2000

Memberships and Offices in Professional Societies, Government Activities

Health Coverage for New Mexicans Committee - Governor Richardson’s committee to insure all New Mexicans by 2009, 2006 - 2008

Insure New Mexico!  Governor Richardson’s Commission to study the uninsured in New Mexico, 2005-2006

Council Member, American College of Physicians, New Mexico Chapter, (2006-2009), elected physician representative

Ambulatory Quality Association, 2005 – 2007.  Member, Quality of Care Measurement Committee, 2005 – 2007

President, New Mexico Association of Health Plans, 2003-2004

Board of Directors, The Health Plan Alliance, 2002 - 2007

Member, Greater Albuquerque Medical Association, 1998 - present

Member, New Mexico Medical Society, 1998 - present

Council Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (1995 - 1998), elected community hospital representative

Council Member, American College of Physicians, Michigan Chapter, (1990 - 1997), elected physician representative

Member, Medical Group Management Association (1995 - 2008)

Member, American College of Physician Executives (1991 - 2009)

Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (1986 - 1998)

Member, American Society of Internal Medicine (1986 – 1998)

Member, American Medical Association (1981 - present)

Member, Washtenaw County Medical Society/Michigan State Medical Society (1981 - 1998)

Member, The American College of Physicians (1979 - present)

Member, Society for Clinical Decision Making (1986 - 1992)

Teaching Activities

National speaker presenting interesting and challenging medical cases to physicians since 1986, including annual presentations in Michigan, New Mexico, and the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting.

Extensive involvement in medical student and resident education in role as Internal Medicine Residency Program Director from 1986-1995, including curriculum development, program development, as well as participation in all forms of teaching activities at SJMH from 1981 to 1998 (see Résumé).

Faculty member, training over 150 physicians in quality management and quality action teams curricula.

Primary Care Issues: Monthly Lecture Series.  Covered a variety of topics including Medicare, managed care, physician compensation, public policy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 1995 -1998.

Other Hospital, Medical Group, and Health Plan Committee and Administrative Services

Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors, ex officio member 1998 - 2007

Presbyterian Medical Group Executive Committee, ex officio member 1998 - 2009

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) Quality Council, 1998 - 2009.  Co-chair, 2000 - 2003

PHS Human Resources Council, 1999 - 2009

PHS Information Technology Committee, 2000 - 2009

New Mexico Medical Society Managed Care Liaison Committee, 1999 - 2009

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Accreditation Appeals Panel for Internal Medicine, 1993 - 1999

Program Director, American College of Physicians, Michigan Chapter, Scientific Meeting, September, 1997

Mercy Health Systems Physician Partnership Team, 1997

Mission Health Clinical Integration Team, Physician Executive Council, Mission Services Team, Associate Support Team, 1995 - 1997

Mission Health Information Systems Steering Committee, 1995 - 1997

Community Service and Involvement

Equality New Mexico Board of Directors, 2012 - present

United Way of Central New Mexico, Alexis de Tocqueville Society, 2000 - present

Board Member, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, 1999 - 2008

Executive Committee, Association of Commerce and Industry, 2003 - 2008

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Vestry Member, 2004-2007

Vice President, New Mexico Chapter of NAMI, 2004 - 2005

New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation Board, 2000 – 2003

Bibliography - Medical Topics


Practice Makes Perfect: How One Doctor Found the Meaning of Lives.  CreateSpace, 2013.

Major Presentations (complete list available on request)

Outpatient Thieves’ Market (unusual Medical Cases), American College of Physicians, Michigan Chapter, each year in September or October, 1991 – 2012, New Mexico Chapter, 2005-2012.

Thieves’ Market (unusual Medical Cases), American College of Physicians, National Meeting, 2000-2013.

Future Trends in Healthcare: annual presentation to Leadership New Mexico classes, 2008-2012.

Access to Health Care: The Managed Care Perspective.  American College of Physicians, New Mexico Chapter, November 2000.

The State of Healthcare in New Mexico, Albuquerque Economic Forum, July 1999; NM Public Regulatory Commission, September 1999; NM State Legislature February 2000.

What You Can Do about the Health of New Mexicans, PHS Leadership Retreat, Taos, New Mexico, 1998, Santa Fe, 2005, 2006, 2007.

The Liability of a Medical Education, Student Commencement address to my graduating medical school class, The University of Michigan Medical School, June 1978.

Bibliography -Administrative Topics

Masters Thesis

Graduate Medical Education Financing at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  1995.


Scrase, D.R., Hammer, D.A., Surviving the CAAR Survey Process: One Program's Experience, Careers in Internal Medicine, 1992;9:11-15.

Schultz, H, Scrase, D., Beasley, B.,
Determining the Predictors of Internal Medicine Residency Accreditation: What They Do (Not What They Say), Academic Medicine, 2002; 77:238-45.


Development of an Endowment Fund for Internal Medicine Resident Education in a 550 Bed Community Hospital, David R. Scrase, M.D. and Ron J. Vanden Belt, M.D., APDIM Meeting, San Diego, CA, March, 1992.

Reevaluating Evaluation: Assessment of a Revised American Board of Internal Medicine Resident Evaluation Form, David R. Scrase, M.D.  APDIM Meeting, San Diego, CA, March, 1992.

The Effect of a Group Practice Model on Charges for Medical Services by Internal Medicine Residents, David R. Scrase, M.D. and Linda Morton, APDIM Meeting, San Diego, CA, March, 1992.


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Curriculum Vitae

David R. Scrase, M.D.