David Yost

Career Story: 

I left the residency with the intention of quickly moving on to an international practice setting in East Africa. My plan was to do one year in the Indian Health Service to save up some money and strengthen my ER skills. I joined four other UofA graduates (Greg Raglow, Phil Johnson, Marc Traeger, and Laura Brown) at the Indian Health Service hospital in Whiteriver, AZ. However, after six months on site, I found myself to be the co-director along with Laura Brown. Six months after that she went on maternity leave and left me as the Acting Clinical Director. The rest is history. I have been the Clinical Director at the Whiteriver IHS hospital for the past 20 years. I've also worked about 25% of my time nationally for Indian Health Service headquarters. Our facility still has a strong UofA affiliation with six of our family practitioners having done medical school, residency, or both in Tucson. We also precept approximately 20 UofA students or residents annually for rural rotations. Starting in July of 2012, I will be Director of TuberculosisControl for the Puerto RicoDepartmentof Health. Thistwo-year assignment is under theCenters for DiseaseControlDivision of TuberculosisElimination (DTBE).

Notable Professional Accomplishments: 

I obtained my Masters in Infectious Disease and Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003.

Favorite Recreational Activity: 

Fishing and hiking in the White Mountains

Favorite Memory from Residency: 

Watching Terry Cullen outsmart and outcuss the medicine residents.

Personal Story: 

Married to Laurie (Kaufman) Yost since 1983. Two children (Aaron age 21, Emily age 18) now in college.