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Key Leaders

Acting Director

Elizabeth A. Fowler [PDF - 142 KB], a member of the Comanche Nation with descendancy from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is the acting director and has the delegable duties as the acting director of the Indian Health Service.

Elizabeth A. Fowler

Deputy Director

Benjamin Smith, [PDF - 169 KB] an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is the deputy director Indian Health Service.

P. Benjamin Smith

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Loretta Christensen, M.D., [PDF - 186 KB] an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service.

Dr. Loretta Christensen, M.D.

Deputy Director for Quality Health Care

Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA [PDF - 87 KB], an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma by Delaware descent, is the Deputy Director for Quality Health Care for the Indian Health Service.

Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA

Acting Deputy Director for Management Operations

Tina Conners [PDF - 258 KB], a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, is the acting deputy director for management operations for the Indian Health Service.

Tina Conners

Deputy Director for Field Operations

Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan [PDF - 162 KB], an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, is the deputy director for field operations of the Indian Health Service, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

>Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan

Acting Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

Rose Weahkee [PDF - 140 KB], a member of the Navajo Nation, is the acting deputy director for intergovernmental affairs for the Indian Health Service.

Rose Weahkee

Senior Advisor to the Director

Elizabeth Carr [PDF - 128 KB], a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the senior advisor to the director of the Indian Health Service.

Elizabeth Carr


Headquarters Offices

Office of Clinical & Preventive Services

Darrell LaRoche [PDF - 67 KB]
Director

Office of Direct Service & Contracting Tribes

Terri Schmidt, R.N. [PDF - 213 KB]
Director

Office of Environmental Health & Engineering

James Ludington P.E. [PDF - 142 KB]
Director

Office of Human Resources

Lisa Gyorda [PDF - 62 KB]
Director

Office of Information Technology

Mitchell Thornbrugh [PDF - 71 KB]
Director

Office of Finance & Accounting

Jillian Curtis [PDF - 142 KB]
Director

Office of Management Services

Santiago Almaraz [PDF - 163 KB]
Director

Office of Public Health Support

Rear Adm. Francis Frazier [PDF - 114 KB]
Director

Office of Resource Access & Partnerships

Capt. John Rael [PDF - 323 KB]
Director

Office of Tribal Self-Governance

Jennifer Cooper [PDF -82 KB]
Director

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

Rick Mueller
Acting Director


Area Directors

Alaska Area Indian Health Service

Evangelyn "Angel" Dotomain [PDF - 154 KB]
Director

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service

Leonard Thomas, M.D. [PDF - 70 KB]
Director

Bemidji Area Indian Health Service

Daniel R. Frye [PDF - 194 KB]
Director

Billings Area Indian Health Service

Bryce Redgrave [PDF - 207 KB]
Director

California Area Indian Health Service

Beverly Miller [PDF - 54 KB]
Director

Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

Capt. Brent Rohlfs, P.E. [PDF - 177 KB]
Acting Director

Nashville Area Indian Health Service

Beverly Cotton, DNP, RN [PDF - 123 KB]
Director

Navajo Area Indian Health Service

Roselyn Tso [PDF - 193 KB]
Director

Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service

Rear Adm. Travis Watts, PharmD [PDF - 50 KB]
Director

Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Charles Ty Reidhead, M.D., M.P.H. [PDF - 86 KB]
Director

Portland Area Indian Health Service

Capt. Ann Arnett [PDF - 109 KB]
Acting Director

Tucson Area Indian Health Service

Dixie Gaikowski [PDF - 89 KB]
Director