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

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Key Leaders

Below are the biographies of key IHS leaders.

Principal Deputy Director

Mary L. Smith

Mary L. Smith [PDF - 123 KB], a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the Deputy 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.

Deputy Director

Dorothy A. Dupree

Dorothy A. Dupree [PDF - 68 KB], a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, is the Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the principal federal health care advocate and provider of health care services 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 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

RADM Richie K. Grinnell

RADM Richie K. Grinnell, [PDF - 58 KB], a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, is the Deputy Director for Field 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. RADM Grinnell is an Assistant Surgeon General and holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the U. S. Public Health Service.

 

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 - 48 KB]
Director

Office of Environmental Health and Engineering

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

Office of Information Technology

CDR Mark Rives, DSc [PDF - 68 KB]
Director

Office of Finance and Accounting

Ann Church [PDF - 68 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Management Services

Robert McSwain [PDF - 58 KB]
Director

Office of Public Health Support

CAPT Francis Frazier [PDF - 79 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Resource Access and Partnerships

Terri Schmidt, R.N. [PDF - 77 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Tribal Self-Governance

P. Benjamin Smith [PDF - 80 KB]
Director

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

Sherriann Moore [PDF - 82 KB]
Acting Director

Area Directors

Alaska Area Indian Health Service

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

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service

Leonard Thomas, M.D. [PDF - 72 KB]
Acting Director

Bemidji Area Indian Health Service

Keith Longie [PDF - 65 KB]
Director

Billings Area Indian Health Service

Bryce Redgrave [PDF - 95 KB]
Acting Director

California Area Indian Health Service

Beverly Miller [PDF - 54 KB]
Director

Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

CAPT Chris Buchanan [PDF - 48 KB]
Acting Director

Nashville Area Indian Health Service

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

Navajo Area Indian Health Service

Douglas Gene Peter, M.D. [PDF - 107 KB]
Acting Director

Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service

RADM Kevin Meeks [PDF - 54 KB]
Director

Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

RADM Charles Ty Reidhead [PDF - 86 KB]
Acting Director

Portland Area Indian Health Service

Dean Seyler [PDF 49 KB]
Director

Tucson Area Indian Health Service

Dixie Gaikowski [PDF - 89 KB]
Director