As the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Chancellor, Dan Rahn, M.D., leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state.
He became UAMS’ fourth chancellor Nov. 1, 2009. Dr. Rahn is a nationally recognized researcher, clinician and experienced administrator. He served as the president of the Medical College of Georgia and the senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia before coming to UAMS.
He began his professional career in 1979 at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was director of the Lyme Disease Program, director of clinical training in rheumatology and director of faculty practice for the Department of Internal Medicine. After earning his bachelor’s and medical degrees at Yale, Rahn completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in rheumatology at Yale.
Dr. Rahn is a nationally known expert on Lyme disease. He served on several national committees for developing treatment and educational guidelines for the disease. This included sitting on a Centers for Disease Control/American College of Physicians panel for a Physicians Educational Initiative on Lyme Disease and a Lyme Disease Treatment Guideline Committee of the Infectious Disease Society of America. As a researcher, Dr. Rahn received federal funding for studying a treatment for early Lyme disease among other funded projects.
He was an author of nearly 30 articles in scientific journals and 19 textbook chapters. Dr. Rahn was an editor for a Lyme disease textbook produced by the American College of Physicians.
Four times during his clinical practice, he was listed in the annual America’s Top Doctors guide.
As an administrator, Dr. Rahn also is nationally recognized for his work on work force shortages in the health professions. He is a board member of the Association of Academic Health Centers and led the AAHC Health Workforce Shortages Advisory Committee. He serves on the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel on Health Care.
While at the Medical College of Georgia, he served on numerous state and local boards, including the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Walton Rehabilitation Institute and Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and he was chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Pennsylvania, Rahn and his wife, Lana, have three children, Jason, Rebecca and Zachary.