Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP
Chief Quality Officer,
Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health in Asheville, NC. In this role, he has executive responsibility across Mission’s inpatient, outpatient, and post-acute services for all quality, patient safety, service excellence and continuous improvement activities. This includes direct accountability for patient safety, advanced/applied analytics, patient experience / engagement, performance improvement, clinical and operational redesign, risk management, infection prevention, accreditation, corporate safety, service excellence, security, parking, and access control. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists, Adjunct Faculty with the Duke University School of Medicine, and serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.
Dr. DeRienzo completed both M.D. and Masters in Public Policy at Duke, as well as his residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 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 in his research efforts since his first year of fellowship. He has received multiple clinical and teaching awards, is a Team STEPPS Master Trainer, and volunteers as Chair of the Board for the Western North Carolina 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 both Doximity and Google on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication. He also serves as a Quality Mentor for the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, as an advisor to the NC Quality Center on Safety Culture, and as a member of the NC Division of Public Health Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Group.