Peter Nalin

Professor and Department Head
Associate Dean for Rural Medicine, Medical School


Dr. Nalin’s leadership roles for the University of Minnesota Medical School are the following: Professor with tenure and Department Head (Chair) of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, and Associate Dean for Rural Medicine. From 2001-2019 at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Nalin served in several executive, academic, and hospital leadership roles.  Initially recruited to Indiana as residency program director, Dr. Nalin advanced to Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, during which IUSM earned full accreditation with commendation from the ACGME. Then, as Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs with a responsibility portfolio budgeted at $80 Million dollars, Dr. Nalin led IU School of Medicine’s reaccreditation as its faculty accreditation leader while also leading the expansion of its system of eight regional medical campuses from two-year to four-year campuses, increasing IUSM’s medical school enrollment by 30% from 1,120 to 1,456 medical students. Dr. Nalin has fulfilled a diverse array of leadership roles, including VP of Medical Affairs and Interim CEO of the Riggs Community Health Center (FQHC), leading a multidisciplinary medical staff including FM, IM, Peds, Ob-Gyn, and Dentistry. Dr. Nalin also served as Interim Chair of the Radiation Oncology department at IUSM.

Dr. Nalin has earned the following educational degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Doctor of Medicine from the Larner College of Medicine of the University of Vermont, and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Among Dr. Nalin’s awards and recognitions are a Top Doctor award and an Indiana Academy of Family Physicians award. With colleagues on the MBA Class gift committee, Dr. Nalin shared in the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from IUPUI for his MBA program’s record-breaking Class Gift. Dr. Nalin served as a governor-appointed member of the Indiana Medical Education Board, supporting family medicine residency programs and the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board for the expansion of residency programs.

Nationally, Dr. Nalin has served as the elected President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and co-leader of the AAMC GRA GME Leadership Course for GME-designated institutional officials and executive directors. At present, Dr. Nalin serves on the Steering Committee of the AAMC Group on Regional Medical Campuses and has been appointed to a three-year term on the AAMC Student Surveys Advisory Committee. Dr. Nalin’s clinical care and leadership experiences span rural, urban, and suburban practices and institutions. Dr. Nalin is board-certified in family medicine and completed residency at the Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. From the American Association of Physician Leadership, Dr. Nalin earned the certification as a Certified Physician Executive CPE. As a faculty physician executive, Dr. Nalin has enjoyed contributing to the vision and design of medical and educational facilities. Dr. Nalin enjoys teamwork and mentoring in education, research, clinical care, stewardship, and the business of medicine., and serves as a faculty advisor to medical student interest groups. Dr. Nalin enjoys music, sports, arts, the outdoors, and sailing.




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Duluth, MN 55812-3031

Administrative Contact

Brenda Doup,