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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Key Leaders

Beyond the Acting Director, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, there are many key leaders across the Indian Health Service. Below are their biographies:

Deputy Director

Robert McSwain

Robert G. McSwain, [PDF - 66 KB], a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, is the Deputy Director for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Mr. McSwain most recently served as the Deputy Director for Management Operations. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Chief Medical Officer

Susan V. Karol, M.D.

Susan V. Karol, M.D., [PDF - 56 KB] a member of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Indian Health Service (IHS). As the IHS CMO, Dr. Karol provides medical advice and guidance to the Office of the Director and staff on American Indian and Alaska Native health care policies and issues.

Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

RADM Sandra Pattea

RADM Sandra Pattea [PDF - 33 KB] a member of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and a descendent of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Indian Health Service (IHS). In this position, RADM Pattea advises the IHS Director and provides oversight on tribal and urban Indian health activities and communications as well as public, legislative, and Congressional relations within the Office of the Director.

Deputy Director for Field Operations

Randy Grinnell

Randy Grinnell, [PDF - 75 KB] a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, is the Deputy Director for Field Operations. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Deputy Director for Management Operations

Elizabeth A. Fowler

Elizabeth A. Fowler [PDF - 65 KB], a member of the Comanche Nation with descendancy from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is the Deputy Director for Management Operations for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Chief of Staff

CAPT Carol Lincoln

CAPT Carol Lincoln, [PDF - 77 KB] is the Chief of Staff for the Indian Health Service (IHS). CAPT Lincoln is an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe with descendancy from San Felipe Pueblo in New Mexico. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Senior Advisor to the Director

Geoffrey Roth

Geoffrey Roth, [PDF - 33 KB] a descendent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, is the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Mr. Roth has more than twelve years experience working with Tribes, tribal colleges and universities, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations.

 
 

Headquarters Offices

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

Alec Thundercloud, M.D. [PDF - 67 KB]
Director

Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes

CAPT Chris Buchanan [PDF - 50 KB]
Director

Office of Environmental Health and Engineering

Gary J. Hartz, P.E. [PDF - 54 KB]
Director

Office of Information Technology

CDR Mark Rives, MBA, MSCIS [PDF - 68 KB]
Director

Office of Finance and Accounting

Kenneth Cannon
Acting Director

Office of Management Services

Athena S. Elliott, M.P.A. [PDF - 62 KB]
Director

Office of Public Health Support

CAPT Francis Frazier [PDF - 79 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Resource Access and Partnerships

Carl L. Harper [PDF - 103 KB]
Director

Office of Tribal Self-Governance

P. Benjamin Smith [PDF - 316 KB]
Director

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

Phyllis S. Wolfe [PDF - 57 KB]
Director

Area Directors

Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service

Ron Cornelius [PDF - 831 KB]
Director

Alaska Area Indian Health Service

Christopher Mandregan, Jr., M.P.H. [PDF - 43 KB]
Director

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service

RADM Richie K. Grinnell [PDF - 252 KB]
Director

Bemidji Area Indian Health Service

Keith Longie [PDF - 65 KB]
Director

Billings Area Indian Health Service

Dorothy A. Dupree [PDF - 63 KB]
Acting Director

California Area Indian Health Service

Beverly Miller [PDF - 63 KB]
Acting Director

Nashville Area Indian Health Service

Martha A. Ketcher, M.B.A. [PDF - 57 KB]
Director

Navajo Area Indian Health Service

John Hubbard, Jr. [PDF - 87 KB]
Director

Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service

RADM Kevin Meeks [PDF - 53 KB]
Director

Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Rose Weahkee, Ph.D [PDF - 147 KB]
Acting Director

Portland Area Indian Health Service

Dean Seyler [PDF 49 KB]
Director

Tucson Area Indian Health Service

Priscilla Whitethorne [PDF - 84 KB]
Acting Director