In January 2012, David J. Dzielak, Ph.D. was named executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid by Gov. Phil Bryant. Under his leadership, the Division of Medicaid has implemented new payment methodologies for inpatient and outpatient services, expanded coordinated care services and renewed the priority to strengthen both internal and external relationships.
Prior to coming to the agency in 2001 Dzielak was appointed to executive director of research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in 1998 after which he became the associate vice chancellor for research, which allowed him to initiate several programs to promote the research mission of UMMC. During this time, federal funding for research at the Medical Center campus quadrupled. In 2005, he assumed the position of the associate vice chancellor for Strategic Research Alliances and focused on UMMC’s Washington, D.C. efforts to garner directed appropriations to enhance the infrastructure of the institution. Dzielak was instrumental in bringing over $74 million of directed appropriations to UMMC to enhance research infrastructure including funding for the newest research building on campus. Dr. Dzielak has been at the forefront of many initiatives. He was a founding member of the Gulf States Bio and Agro-defense Consortium and served on the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2009. He was the Acting Director for the Cancer Institute at UMMC when the project began. Under his leadership, UMMC hosted two workshops in 2003 which resulted in a memorandum of understanding between NASA and the CDC. He coordinated a National Institutes of Health strategic planning workshop in 2003 titled “Defining the State-of-the-Art in Biomedical Imaging: Research Needs for the Future”. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of NIH for 2005 – 2008 terms.