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Mr. Christopher Priest, FACHE, SES

Mr. Christopher Priest, FACHE, SES Deputy Assistant Director for Healthcare Operations Defense Health Agency

Deputy Assistant Director for Healthcare Operations

Mr. Priest currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for Healthcare Operations (HCO), Defense Health Agency (DHA). He is responsible for the policy, procedures, and direction of healthcare administration in the military medical treatment facilities. The DAD, HCO portfolio includes the Pharmacy and TRICARE Health Plan programs. Priest also chairs the Medical Operations Group, a Defense Health Governance Council to support the work of the Medical Deputies Action Group (MDAG).

Priest previously served as the acting DAD, HCO. He also previously served as the Chief of Staff, Healthcare Operations Directorate, DHA. He served as an advisor to the Director, Healthcare Operations Directorate; Deputy Director, Healthcare Operations Directorate and other Senior Department of Defense Leadership on the Directorate’s efforts to improve patient safety, quality and access for the 9.6 million TRICARE beneficiaries. He coordinated the administrative requirement of the largest Directorate within the DHA, and evaluated, as well as facilitated efforts to ensure continued world-class care for all beneficiaries.

Priest was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2020. He began his career by enlisting in the California Army National Guard. He entered the ROTC program at California State University, Sacramento, and was commissioned in the Army Reserve as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 1984. As a career officer, he served at various levels in the Army, including tactical, field hospitals and headquarters, Office of the Surgeon General. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Army Staff Badge, and the Secretary of Defense Staff Identification Badge. Priest retired from the United States Army as a colonel after 30 years of Commissioned Service where he served as the Program Director, Reserve Affairs for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Health Protection and Readiness).

Priest is a graduate of the Air War College and the Army War College, member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and is board certified in Healthcare Administration and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development, Masters in Healthcare Administration, and a Masters in Strategic Studies.

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