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Craig Escudé MD, FAAFP

Craig Escude

Craig Escudé, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Escudé is a board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians with over 20 years of clinical experience providing medical care for people with IDD and complex medical conditions. He graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans in 1992 and completed his residency in family medicine in 1995 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He practiced family medicine for 4 years at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Mississippi and began working for Mississippi State Hospital in 1997. At the state hospital, he provided medical care for the several hundred people receiving mental health care and to more than 350 people on the hospital’s campus who were supported in nursing homes. He began working at Hudspeth Regional Center, a state residential program for people with severe and profound intellectual and developmental disabilities, in 1998 until his retirement from the state in June of 2018, serving as medical director for most of that time. While at Hudspeth, he founded DETECT, the Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team of Mississippi, whose purpose is to educate, train, and support community-based medical and dental providers who provide care for people with IDD.

Continuing in his passion for improving health and educating clinicians and other professionals who support people with IDD, in July 2018, he was named President of Health Risk Screening, Inc., and in 2019 he published “Clinical Pearls in IDD Healthcare.” Being pioneers and innovators in person centered health in vulnerable populations, HRS, Inc.’s Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) is a web-based screening instrument designed to detect health destabilization EARLY and PREVENT preventable illness, health related events, and even death. At the company, he focuses on further development of the HRST, enhancement of its robust eLearn division which provides an easy way to educate people on the health needs of people with IDD, as well as business development and public relations.