Selection of the next President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
I am pleased and excited to inform you the Secretary of Defense selected Dr. Jonathan Woodson, MD as the seventh President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Woodson was selected from a large pool of highly qualified candidates and brings a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience to the Military Health System and to the University having served as the longest tenured Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs from 2010 until 2016.
Dr. Woodson rejoins the Military Health System after serving as the leader for Boston University’s University-wide Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. He was a Larz Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at the Questrom School of Business. In addition, he held joint appointments as Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the School of Public Health. He is also the Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve Medical Command, serving at the rank of Major General.
Dr. Woodson is a graduate of the City College of New York and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate medical education at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in internal medicine, and general and vascular surgery. He is board certified in internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery and critical care surgery. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies (concentration in strategic leadership) from the U.S. Army War College.
The depth and breadth of Dr. Woodson’s more than 30 years of experience will be a major asset to the University and the Military Health System. He led the MHS through major change, including overseeing the standup of the Defense Health Agency, along with other major initiatives. I am confident that he will continue the University’s long history of excellence and leadership in military medicine.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Woodson back into the Military Health System family. And, as always, thank you for your unwavering dedication to our shared mission. We have accomplished so much but there is still work to be done. I know Dr. Woodson is up to the task and I look forward to his guidance and leadership. Today is a great day for the Military Health System and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Seileen M. Mullen
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs