Dr. David Tilstra

Dr. David TilstraDr. David Tilstra

Emeritus of CentraCare Clinic — President

Dr. Tilstra is Community Transformation Officer of CentraCare, an integrated healthcare system based in St. Cloud, MN, since January of 2019. His current role focuses on working in the community to change the local infrastructures to build a healthy environment.

Dr. Tilstra served as the President of CentraCare Clinic from 2012 to 2019. He was active in managing physician engagement, strategic thinking, system thinking, recruitment, quality improvement, patient satisfaction and safety, and physician relationship activities. Before that, he was the Medical Director of CentraCare Clinic from 2003 to 2012, emphasizing ambulatory clinical improvement, patient experience, and community engagement. Dr Tilstra practices part-time as a Medical Geneticist for CentraCare Clinic since 1995.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Northwestern College of Orange City in 1983, followed by a year in a biochemistry graduate program at Iowa State University. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine completed in 1998, followed by a pediatric residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics completed in 1991. Dr. Tilstra completed a Fellowship in Medical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1994. He is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics. He completed an Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado – Denver in 2016.

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