Dr. Danny L. Proffitt graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1978 and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the AHEC-NW Family Medicine Residency Program in 1981. An Assistant Professor since 1981 in the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Proffitt was tenured in 1987. He has served as the Clinic Director of the Family Medical Center in Fayetteville from 1988 through 1996. From 1996 until 2002 he was the Clinic Director for the residency program's second Family Medicine center, the Northwest Family Medical Center in Springdale. In 2002 he resumed his role as the Clinic Director for the Family Medical Center in Fayetteville.
Dr. Proffitt's medical career has focused on service to his patients and to the community, teaching both residents and medical students for over 28 years, and on providing leadership among his medical colleagues. Among his many accomplishments, he served for 2 years as Chief of Staff at the Washington Regional Medical Center and he has chaired many medical committees through the years at WRMC and Fayetteville City Hospital. He was instrumental in leading the revival of the Arkansas Perinatal Association, serving as President of that organization from 1987-88. He was appointed in 1990 by then Governor Bill Clinton to be a member of the task force for the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation's "Healthy Futures Project" collaboration between UAMS and the Arkansas Department of Health to establish the State's "Campaign for Healthy Babies." He served as the President of the Washington County Medical Society in 1990, as well as being a Washington County delegate to the Arkansas Medical Society for several terms. Senator Dale Bumpers selected Dr. Proffitt to testify before the Senate Small Business Committee in January 1994 to discuss Health Care Reform. Dr. Proffitt is active in the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians and was inducted as the Vice-President of the Academy in July 2007, and in 2009 he was inducted as the President.
Dr. Proffit maintains an active practice in the AHEC Northwest Family Medical Center in Fayetteville. His hospital affiliations in Fayetteville include Washington Regional Medical Center and Fayetteville City Hospital; he is also on the medical staff of Northwest Medical Center in Springdale..
Born in Dyess, Arkansas in the northeast delta portion of the State, Dr. Proffitt received his BS in Zoology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1974. Married with three sons and two dogs, he and his wife reside in her home town of Fayetteville. Dr. Proffitt's interests include travel, gardening and landscaping, genealogy, and choral music. He and his family are active members of the University Baptist Church.