Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Past Director - Michael Trujillo
Director, Indian Health Service 1994 to 2002
Michael H. Trujillo, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, is a former Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). He was the first President-appointed and Senate-confirmed Director of the IHS for the Department of Health and Human Services. Appointed on April 9, 1994, he served two 4-year terms as IHS Director.
As Director of the IHS, he directed a nationwide multi-billion dollar health care delivery system composed of 12 administrative Area offices, which oversee local hospitals and clinics. The IHS is responsible for providing preventive, curative, and community health care to approximately 2 million of the Nation’s 3.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Dr. Trujillo received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and was the first American Indian to graduate from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His medical training is in family practice and internal medicine, and includes a clinical fellowship in preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. His academic appointments include a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Medicine and Rural health with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, a Harvard University Lecturer with the Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Community Faculty with the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
He had numerous assignments within the IHS, including Deputy Area Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Phoenix, Aberdeen, and Portland Areas and Clinical Specialty consultant to the Bemidji Area. Dr. Trujillo was also responsible for initiating nationwide quality assurance programs and a medical provider recruitment program for urban Indian health centers.
In addition, Dr. Trujillo has held senior management positions with the Public Health Service Regional Office in New York City. He has served concurrently as the Associate Warden for medical and hospital programs and the Medical Director at the Federal Medical Center of the Bureau of Prisons, Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Trujillo’s professional affiliations have allowed him to serve as a health advocate for Indian people. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., the National Rural Health Association, the Western Canadian/American Health Council, and the American Public Health Association