David Gifford, MD
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs
American Health Care Association
David Gifford is a geriatrician who currently serves as CMO/senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at the American Health Care Association. He helped create the Quality Department at AHCA, which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with administration officials on regulations and policies affecting the profession. Dr. Gifford serves on the board of the Baldrige Foundation. He also chairs the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee, a congressionally chartered committee to advise the U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs and Congress on geriatric services for veterans. He served as director of the Rhode Island Department of Health from 2005 to 2011, during which time he received the National Governor’s Distinguished Service Award for State Officials for his management of the H1N1 influenza outbreak. Prior to that, he served as CMO for Quality Partners of Rhode Island, where he directed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He holds a faculty appointment at Brown University Medical School and School of Public Health and served as medical director in several nursing homes in Rhode Island. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA, where he also earned his master’s degree in public health as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.