Dr. Alan Laird ’82 Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program


M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine
B.A., Northwestern College

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Dr. Alan Laird serves as the medical director for Northwestern's physician assistant program. He is a board-certified family practitioner who previously worked for the Orange City Area Health System, where he was the chief medical officer and handled outpatient care at a satellite clinic and inpatient care at the Orange City hospital. He also provided emergency room coverage for OCAHS. Other experience includes nine months as a family physician at the Tandala hospital in Tandala, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo); two years as an associate professor of family practice at the Appleton (Wis.) Family Practice Residency; and one year as a family physician at the New Ulm (Minn.) Clinic.

Dr. Laird is a Northwestern College graduate who earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He is licensed by the Iowa Board of Medicine and the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. He is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Chief Medical Officer and Family Practice Physician, Orange City Area Health System, 2013-2019

Family Practice Physician, Orange City Clinic and Hospers satellite clinic, 1991-2013

Family Physician, Tandala Hospital, Tandala, Zaire, 1991

Associate Professor of Family Practice, Appleton Family Practice, Appleton, Wis., 1989-90

Family Physician, New Ulm Clinic, New Ulm, Minn., 1988-89

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Medical Association

American Board of Family Medicine