Leader in Medicine

David Neff


The American Health Council has proudly appointed Dr. David Robert Neff as “Best in Medicine” in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field during his impressive career, which has spanned almost four decades.

Dr. Neff became involved in his profession due to an early experience that inspired him. At the age of 16, he needed a bone biopsy that could have potentially lead to an amputation. He was so impressed with the level of care he received that he felt compelled to give back the same. His guidance counselor at school also encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine, and this gave Dr. Neff further clarification that this was the right path for him to follow.

Having studied for his DO in Osteopathic Medicine at the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, which he completed in 1980, Dr. Neff currently upholds the role of Chief Medical Director at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
It is the Government Agency Department of Health, providing public assistance, child and family welfare services, and overseeing health policy and management. It works with individuals and providers on cases including; child and adult protectives services, foster care, adoptions, domestic violence, and support groups.

On a daily basis, Dr. Neff coordinates Michigan Medical Health and Behavioral Plans, whilst also heading up coordinated activities, pharmacy, and strategy policy with a focus on the Opioid Mortality Epidemic. Additionally, the esteemed doctor was a strategist for Merk & Co. for 15 years, bringing a unique skill back to Michigan from the pharmaceutical section of healthcare.

Keen to remain ahead in his profession, Dr. Neff is an active member of a number of professional associations including; the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Addiction Medicine, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association,the National Lipid Association, the American Society of Quality Informatics, the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics. He has also been honored with numerous awards, publications, and speaking engagements over the course of his illustrious career.

Looking back at his many achievements to date, Dr. Neff attributes his success to his mentors that helped him along the way, as well as his high school guidance counselor who encouraged him to succeed in medicine. He also cites his family- wife, Elizabeth and three kids, Jason, Megan, and Adam, as one his greatest achievements. Goals within the next 5 years include playing a major role in advancing the health and welfare provision in the Michigan area.

When not busy working, Dr. Neff enjoys playing golf and downhill skiing. He is also a Board member at the Care Free Clinic in Lansing, MI; a role he finds extremely rewarding.

Chief Medical Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is a Government Agency Department of Health, that provides public assistance, child and family welfare services, and oversees health policy and management.

Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.