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David N. Sundwall, M.D. Selected to Lead Rocky Mountain Care

Apr 08, 2016 11h02 ● By Bryan Scott

New Chief Medical Officer Brings a Wealth of Experience

Rocky Mountain Care, the leading transitional rehabilitation community in the Western United States, has appointed David N. Sundwall, M.D. as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Sundwall will provide dedicated leadership as the organization moves into its next level of development. He will focus on improving the overall abilities, quality of care, best practices and quality measures.

Dr. Sundwall is currently a Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has considerable experience in the health care field, including having served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health for six years (2005–2011). In this capacity, he has the responsibility of overseeing 1,000 employees and managing a $2 billion budget. 

His leadership will be invaluable as RMC continues to position itself as a leader in the industry, offering high-quality programs for all people entrusted to their care. RMC is known for creating an environment that treats patients and family members with kindness, integrity, respect and dignity.

As CMO, Dr. Sundwall will provide medical oversight and expertise to the Rocky Mountain Care’s Medical Directors and deliver strategic guidance on the implementation of innovative clinical programs to position RMC as a trailblazer in health care. His leadership will build on the more than 20 years of individualized care that has earned RMC the reputation of being a trusted member of the communities they serve. 

Dr. Sundwall has considerable experience in health policy and administration at the national level. He lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 24 years, working in both Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government, as well as in leadership positions in the private sector. Throughout his career, he maintained a medical license and volunteered in public health clinics, providing primary care to medically underserved populations. 

Dr. Sundwall has served on a number of boards and councils throughout his career and is currently on the Board of Directors for Senior Whole Health (based in Boston, Massachusetts), the Maliheh Free Clinic, the University of Utah School of Dentistry National Advisory Committee, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Health and Safety Committee, David Eccles School of Business Masters in Health Administration Advisory Council, and the Salt Lake Advisory Board for Zions Bank. 

He is board certified in internal medicine and family practice, and works as a primary care physician in a Utah public health clinic two half-days each week. In 2014, Dr. Sundwall was chosen as Utah Doctor of the Year by the Utah Medical Association and was honored by a proclamation by Gov. Gary R. Herbert at the state capitol.