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Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Health Services Policy and Oversight

Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, the Deputy Assistnt Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight

Dr. Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight. In this role, she serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD HA) for clinical policies and programs, including oversight of quality assessment/quality improvement, patient safety, mental health services and population-based health care management across the Military Health System (MHS). The MHS is responsible for providing a cost-effective, quality health benefit to 9.4 million active duty Service Members, retirees, and their families. The MHS has an approximate $50 billion annual budget and consists of a worldwide network of 59 military hospitals, 360 health clinics, private-sector health business partners, and the Uniformed Services University.

Prior to assuming her current role, Dr. Adirim was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs as part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD HA).   

Dr. Adirim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. She completed pediatrics training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pediatric emergency medicine training at the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington, DC, and sports medicine training at the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences and CNMC.

She graduated from Harvard School of Public Health with a Master’s degree in Public Health and completed a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management from the Isenberg School of Management/University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Adirim’s federal experience includes senior level positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in an executive position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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