Skip to site content

Key Leaders

Acting Director

RADM Michael D. Weahkee [PDF - 98 KB], an enrolled member of the Zuni Tribe, is Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The IHS is the principal federal health care advocate and provider of health care services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

RADM Chris Buchanan

Deputy Director

RADM Chris Buchanan [PDF - 49 KB], an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, is Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The IHS is the principal federal health care advocate and provider of health care services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

RADM Chris Buchanan

Deputy Director for Management Operations

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.

Elizabeth A. Fowler

Chief Medical Officer

RADM Michael Toedt, M.D., [PDF - 42 KB] serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

CAPT Michael Toedt, M.D.

Acting Deputy Director for Quality Health Care

Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA [PDF - 53 KB], an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma by Delaware descent, is the Acting Deputy Director for Quality Health Care for the Indian Health Service.

Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA

Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

P. Benjamin Smith, [PDF - 109 KB] an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

P. Benjamin Smith

Deputy Director of Field Operations

RADM Kevin Meeks [PDF - 46 KB], a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the Deputy Director of 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.

Rear Admiral Kevin Meeks

Chief of Staff

CAPT Brandon Taylor [PDF - 112 KB], an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, is the Chief of Staff for the Indian Health Service. As the Chief of Staff and a member of IHS senior staff, Taylor oversees the coordination of key Agency activities and supports the Office of the Director in a broad range of duties related to the development and implementation of IHS initiatives and priorities.

Chief of Staff CAPT Brandon Taylor

Headquarters Offices

Office of Clinical & Preventive Services

Beverly Cotton, DNP [PDF - 57 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Direct Services & Contracting Tribes

Roselyn Tso [PDF - 71 KB]
Director

Office of Environmental Health & Engineering

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

Office of Human Resources

Lisa Gyorda [PDF - 62 KB]
Director

Office of Information Technology

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

Office of Finance & Accounting

Ann Church [PDF - 78 KB]
Acting Director

Office of Management Services

Athena S. Elliott [PDF - 63 KB]
Director

Office of Public Health Support

CAPT Francis Frazier [PDF - 109 KB]
Director

Office of Resource Access & Partnerships

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

Office of Tribal Self-Governance

Jennifer Cooper [PDF -82 KB]
Director

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

Rose Weahkee, Ph.D [PDF - 118 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 - 70 KB]
Director

Bemidji Area Indian Health Service

Keith Longie [PDF - 65 KB]
Director

Billings Area Indian Health Service

Dorothy Dupree [PDF - 52 KB]
Director

California Area Indian Health Service

Beverly Miller [PDF - 54 KB]
Director

Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

James Driving Hawk [PDF - 76 KB]
Acting Director

Nashville Area Indian Health Service

Bruce Finke, M.D.
Acting Director

Navajo Area Indian Health Service

CAPT Brian Johnson [PDF - 77 KB]
Acting Director

Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service

CAPT Travis Watts, PharmD [PDF - 47 KB]
Acting Director

Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

RADM Charles Ty Reidhead [PDF - 86 KB]
Director

Portland Area Indian Health Service

Dean Seyler [PDF - 84 KB]
Director

Tucson Area Indian Health Service

Dixie Gaikowski [PDF - 89 KB]
Director