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Medical School-Duluth department head named ‘Rural Health Hero’

Gary Davis, Ph.D.

Gary Davis, Ph.D., was recently named a “Rural Health Hero” by his peers at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth for his leadership in serving rural communities with mental health consultations via telemedicine.

Davis is the head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the Medical School—Duluth and associate director of the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies (CRMHS). Since 2002, Davis and his colleagues have treated about 70 patients from rural areas using virtual communication via video conferencing.

“These services would simply not be available to our rural and small communities if it were not for the continuing efforts of Dr. Davis,” says Richard Ziegler, Ph.D., dean of the Medical School—Duluth.

An outstanding individual or team in the field of rural health is honored each year at the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, the Minnesota Rural Health Association, and the Rural Health Resource Center’s Minnesota Center for Rural Health. 

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