Duke University Health System
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Raised in the Caribbean, Dr. Derrick Hoover left home at the age of 16 to attend medical school in Manipal, India and completed an internship at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore. He subsequently moved to the United States and began a general surgery internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.
During his surgery training, which included a trauma rotation at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, he became aware of the severe impact of the lack of access to primary care on health outcomes. Realizing his true passion to prevent avoidable suffering in ignored and forgotten vulnerable populations he became a Family Physician, completing his residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc MI.
Dr. Hoover began his career working at Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania where he gained a tremendous amount of experience in hospital medicine, integrated care, rural outpatient medicine, acute care and geriatrics in communities with limited access to care.
He completed a Certificate in Physician Leadership program at King's College prior to moving to North Carolina to lead a FQHC Health Care for the Homeless program in Raleigh and also serving as Associate Medical Director.
Among many other accomplishments, he developed and implemented complex integrated care models and a Hepatitis C clinic for some of the sickest, most vulnerable patients in Wake County. Dr. Hoover participated in the planning of the Oak City Cares project, integrating homeless services in Raleigh, prior to transitioning to Duke University where he currently works at Duke Primary/Urgent Care and is a Consulting Associate in the Dept. of Community and Family Medicine. He also leads a Hepatitis C program at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton NY serving the underserved. In recognition of his work Dr. Hoover was recently inducted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.