Eric Kurtz

Interim Program Director, Rural Healthcare

Dr. Eric Kurtz is the Interim Program Director for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program, which strives to advance healthcare access and delivery across the upper Midwest. He joined Helmsley in 2017 to focus on a portfolio of behavioral health, medical education, and stroke systems of care. 

Prior to joining Helmsley, Eric was with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, where he served as director of clinical operations, director of the Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program (SD LEND), and director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. There, he was responsible for overseeing many interdisciplinary specialty clinics and provided technical assistance, consultation, and training to numerous agencies regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been instrumental in providing and directing interdisciplinary clinical training and research for hundreds of providers, medical students and residents, graduate students, and interns across numerous health systems and universities. In 2012, he was appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as South Dakota’s Act Early Ambassador to advance early diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Additionally, he holds an appointment of associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Eric received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota with specialized training in neurodevelopmental disorders. He has an extensive background providing comprehensive psychological and specialized diagnostic services within hospital, clinical, educational, and forensic settings. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors camping, hiking, biking, and many other sports.