Ron Pust, MD, is a family physician who is also board certified in public health/preventive medicine. He is the director of the Office of Global and Border Health, and co-director of the Global Health Distinction Track.
As a Cholla Society mentor, he seeks to promote intellectually sound and clinically efficient ways of diagnosing and treating clinical problems, especially among underserved patients.
Dr. Pust’s 40-year career as a physician interfaces curriculum development with teaching, and field research with clinical practice among underserved populations. After 4 years with CDC’s TB program (Navajo IHS and Nigeria) and 6 as a generalist in Papua New Guinea, he was board-certified in Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice.
Joining FCM in 1979 as director of its new clerkship and CUP programs, he was Director of FCM Predoctoral Education Division from 1981-2009, when it was awarded over $4.5 million in federal family medicine grants.
Dr. Pust remains an active faculty member in the ArizonaMed curriculum as a society mentor. As director of the college's Global and Border Health Office, he co-directs an annual course on clinical global health for residents and senior students. On a 2004-5 sabbatical, he was founding head of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya. His research deals with field assessment of lung disease, leprosy, and clinical care under resource constraints. Other publications concern medical education for careers in underserved regions.