Dr. Dan Calac has served as Chief Medical Officer of Indian Health Council, Inc. (IHC), a consortium of nine tribes located in North County San Diego since 2003. The IHC provides on-site and outreach services and programs to nearly 5,000 clients and provides over 20,000 visits per year. Dr. Calac also serves as Principal Investigator with the California Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) whose goals are to increase the quantity and quality of research on the health of Native Americans in California and to increase the number of Native American students and faculty in California universities. He has held this position since 2003.
The research that Dr. Calac is involved in builds capacity and strengthens relationships with academic partners to promote further studies within the high-risk population he serves. Additionally, his work addresses health disparities among Native populations and introduces methods utilizing community based participatory research to reduce disparities and increase the health literacy of this population.
Dr. Calac received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and did both his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program at University of Southern California/Los Angeles County (USC-LAC).
Dr. Calac has numerous publications; serves on many boards, committees and councils; and speaks to many groups across the country.