Margie Balfour, M.D., Ph.D.
NAMI Southern Arizona Board Member
Dr. Margaret (Margie) Balfour is the VP for Clinical Innovation & Quality at Connections AZ, one of the largest providers of crisis and emergency psychiatric care in Arizona. She is responsible for managing the clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center on the Banner-University Medical Center South Campus in Tucson, AZ, where she led a major process redesign resulting in significant improvements in the timeliness and quality of care. Prior to joining ConnectionsAZ, Dr. Balfour directed the quality program for behavioral health within the public-safety net health system for Dallas, TX, with a special emphasis on emergency psychiatric services and integrated care models to address the behavioral health needs of patients throughout the health system. She also worked with ValueOptions to create a new program for the highest utilizers of behavioral health services in north Texas. She received her MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati and completed residency and a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and The American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and is a member of the Standards and Practices Committee of The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She was the 2010 recipient of the NAMI Dallas Professional of the Year. As an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, she remains engaged in teaching and research.