Emmett Chase, MD, MPH

Emmett Chase, MD, MPHClass of: 1990

Departments: Community Health Sciences


Emmett Chase and Eva Smith have worked together throughout their careers to serve the Indian community. Dr. Chase was the founding CEO for the Tribal Health Program and Medical Director for the American Indian Free Clinic. He has also served as President of the Association of American Indian Physicians and as Director of the AIDS Program of the Indian Health Service. Together with the Tribal Chairman, Dr. Chase wrote the original proposal that helped Hoopa Valley gain its own acute care hospital and served nine years as the CEO of the K'ima:w Medical Center. Dr. Chase is the first California Indian and first Hoopa Valley Tribal member to become a physician and the first California Indian to complete the Preventive Medicine Residency at UCLA. Dr. Chase received his MPH in Community Health Sciences in 1990.

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