Raymond Christensen

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Rural Physician Associate Program and Metro Physician Associate Program


Raymond Christensen, MD, has practiced family medicine for approximately 40 years, making it his personal mission to provide rural communities with access to high quality health care. He serves as associate dean for rural health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and associate director of the Rural Physician Associate Program. He also advises the Family Medicine Interest Group on the Duluth campus.


PhD, University of Wisconsin
Major: Medicine
BS, Wisconsin State University
Major: Agriculture

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

American Academy of Family Physicians
St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, MN

Licensures and Certifications

State of Minnesota Medical License,
State of Wisconsin Medical License,
American Board of Family Practice Board Certified,

Honors and Recognition

Outstanding Academic Advisor Nominee
Rural Health Hero Award, MN Department of Health
Minnesota Medical Association’s Communicator Award
Harold S. Diehl Award, University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society
Elizabeth C. Bagley Merit Award, Lake Superior Medical Society for Medical Society Leadership
Named to "Minnesota's Most Influential 100 Health Care Leaders", Minnesota Physician
Community Service Award, Minnesota Medical Association
Arrowhead EMS Association
Grand Lodge HIRAM Award, Grand Lodge of Minnesota AF&AM
Outstanding Rural Health Leadership, Northern Lakes Health Care Consortium
Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Family Practice and Dedicated Service to the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
Wall of Honor Inductee, Unity High School District, Milltown, WI
National Rural Health Association Louis Gorin Award

Media Appearances

Doctors on Call, WDSE-TV Duluth
Almanac North, WDSE-TV Duluth

Professional Memberships

Society for Teachers in Family Medicine
Minnesota Rural Health Association
National Association for Rural Mental Health
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
Minnesota Medical Association
Health Services Advisory Council
Healthier MN Community Clinic Fund, Chairman/President
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Group on Regional Medical Campuses
Association for Medical Education in Europe
American Medical Association
American Associaiton for Physician Leadership (formerly American College of Physician Executives)
American Association of Medical Colleges
American Academy of Family Physicians
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Christensen, R. G. "Tour of rural medical education", Rural Medical Educators, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 08, 2018.
Christensen, R. G. "Key strategies and issues for rural hospitals and health systems", Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 11, 2018.
Christensen, R. G. "Key strategies and issues for rural hospitals", Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 18, 2017.
Christensen, R. G. "Leveraging the power of your regional medical campus (aka shameless self-promotion)", Group on Regional Medical Campuses, Orlando, Florida, April 05, 2017.
Christensen, R. G. "Unique strategies to provide excellent care in rural medicine", Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2016.
Christensen, R. G. "Rural general surgery workforce", Minnesota Medical Association, September 16, 2011.
Christensen, R. G. "Diabetes Mellitus Type 2", Detroit Lakes St. Mary’s Innovis Hospital Medical Staff, November 17, 2010.
Christensen, R. G. "Northeast Minnesota interprofessional health network", 2010 National AHEC Organization Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2010.
Christensen, R. G. "Acquiring and retaining physicians", Rural Health Resource Center, July 01, 2009.
Christensen, R. G. "Acquiring and retaining physicians", Minnesota Rural Health Association, January 23, 2009.
Christensen, R. G. "Acquiring and retaining physicians", Rural Health Advisory Committee, January 19, 2009.
Christensen, R. G. "Summer internship in medicine program", Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Fund Board, January 01, 2006.
Christensen, R. G. "Basis of performance improvement", National Rural Hospital Planning Committee Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 2005.
Christensen, R. G. "Summer internship in medicine program", Northeast Minnesota Primary Care Subcommittee Meeting, Eveleth, Minnesota, March 16, 2005.
Christensen, R. G. "Physicians plan for a healthy Minnesota", Rural Health Advisory Committee Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 15, 2005.
Christensen, R. G. "Summer internship in medicine program", IRR Board for AHEC, January 01, 2005.
Christensen, R. G. "Distributed learning panel concurrent session", Thunder Bay, Canada. November 19, 2004.
Christensen, R. G. "MN citizen’s forum", Clinical Nurse Specialist Workshop, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, October 08, 2004.
Christensen, R. G. "Rural health", MN Academy of Physician Assistants Fall CME Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, October 01, 2004.
Christensen, R. G. "Summer internship in medicine program", National Rural Health Association’s Annual Rural Health Conference and Minority and Multicultural Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 17, 2004.
Christensen, R. G. "Community expectations", White Coat Ceremony, University of Minnesota, January 10, 1998.
Christensen, R. G. "Encouraging the right market driven managed care system for rural, under-served communities: Strategies for developing integrated service networks", George Washington University, Atlanta, Georgia, June 02, 1995.
Christensen, R. G. "Building effective relationships with physicians in the changing health care environment", Benedictine Health Care System, Chaska, Minnesota, April 15, 1994.
Christensen, R. G. "Rural sub-regional wellness systems in the 21st century", 1994 Health Care Executives Institute, University of Minnesota, Division of Health Service Administration and MN Hospital Association on Rural Medical Practice, March 10, 1994.
Christensen, R. G. "Presentations on national health care reform and update of MN Care and MN health care reform", Minnesota Ambulance Director’s Conference, Alexandria, Minnesota, September 26, 1993.
Christensen, R. G. "Minnesota speaks", September 17, 1993.



131 SMed
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-3031

Administrative Contact

Veronica Olson, veolson@d.umn.edu