Black Hills Center for American Indian Health

President & CEO

Dr. Henderson

Jeffrey Henderson is Lakota and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Dr. Henderson acquired both his bachelor’s and Medical degrees from the University of California, San Diego. In 1992, after completing a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Henderson moved to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, where he served as Clinical Director of the PHS Indian Hospital there. He returned to Seattle in 1994 to pursue his graduate education in Public Health, after which he moved to the Black Hills of western South Dakota and returned to work in primary care, once again for the Indian Health Service.

 In 1998, Dr. Henderson began his transition to public health and epidemiology, joining the well-known Strong Heart Study as a Co-investigator. Also in 1998, Dr. Henderson founded the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a community-based, non-profit, research-intensive organization whose mission is to enhance the health and wellness of American Indians through research, service, education and philanthropy. The Center has met with considerable success, garnering over $28 million through 49 peer-reviewed health research grants and contracts, largely from NIH and CDC; providing well-paying jobs and benefits for more than 40 reservation-based tribal members; and injecting over $5 million directly into impoverished reservation communities. Additionally, for 18 consecutive years, Dr. Henderson provided continuous mentorship for nearly 50 American Indian and Alaska Native post-doctoral, early-stage investigators through the Native Investigator Development Program.

When not working, Dr. Henderson can be found spending time with his beautiful wife and two children, dancing and singing at pow-wows, riding his bicycles and motorcycles, and skiing and hiking throughout the Black Hills.

“To improve the health and wellness of American Indian tribes, communities, and peoples through research, service, education and philanthropy.”

Jeffrey A. Henderson, MD, MPH