Gayle Dine-Chicon

Dr. Gayle Dine’Chacon received her MD at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNMSOM) in 1993. She was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine from 1996 to 2014 and has worked in rural New Mexico providing health care for the Navajo people of the Checkerboard area in eastern Navajo Nation and for the Pueblo of Sandia.  She precepted the Family Medicine residents at the Albuquerque Indian Health Center and served as Medical Director of the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center (BCJDC).  She was Principal Investigator for the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Student Development project which brought student pipeline activities to the Navajo communities of Alamo, Ramah, and Tohajilee.  Dr. Dine’Chacon was also Principal Investigator for the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program at UNMSOM and continues to be a mentor and role model for Native American health professions students.


Dr. Dine’Chacon is Founder and was Director of the Center for Native American Health (CNAH) at UNM. CNAH was founded in 2001 and is a conduit between the University and NM's 22 tribes and urban communities. Dr. Dine'Chacon was appointed Surgeon General of the Navajo Nation from 2011 to 2013. Her primary role was to assist in the development and creation of a Navajo Nation Department of Health with public health functions and to provide direction and develop health policy for the Navajo Nation. Dr. Dine'Chacon currently is interim Health Director for the Pueblo of Jemez.