Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health. In this role he has senior executive responsibility for quality, safety, continuous improvement, and service excellence across a $1.7B integrated health system. Based in Asheville, NC, Mission Health includes 7 hospitals (ranging in size from critical access to a 763-bed regional tertiary center), numerous ambulatory sites, an employed Clinic of over 600 providers, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and a $100M+ post-acute provider. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with both the Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 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. He has published and presented internationally on improving quality outcomes, transitions in care, and the implications of the analytics revolution in healthcare, and has been continuously grant funded since his first year of fellowship.
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. Additionally, Dr. DeRienzo has advised Doximity and Google on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication. He currently advises the North Carolina Quality Center on Safety Culture and the state of North Carolina on healthcare-associated infection prevention and the use of health analytics.