Doctor Terry Adirim

Dr. Terry Adirim (a-DEE’-rim) is the program executive director (PED) of VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office. Dr. Adirim reports directly to VA’s Deputy Secretary and is responsible for leading cross-organizational and cross-functional coordination of communication and implementation strategies, to include functional, technical, and program management.

Prior to her selection as PED in December 2021, Dr. Adirim was appointed by the Biden Administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) and Acting ASD for Health Affairs. As the Acting ASD, Dr. Adirim was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness for all Department of Defense (DOD) health and force health protection policies, programs and activities. The MHS is a large, $50 billion integrated health system composed of 50 hospitals and hundreds of clinics worldwide and the TRICARE Health Plan, serving 9.6 million beneficiaries.

Previously, Dr. Adirim was senior associate dean for clinical affairs, professor of pediatrics and chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Sciences at the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. In her role as senior associate dean, she was responsible for providing leadership over the College of Medicine’s clinical enterprise, including providing vision, strategy and oversight of patient care, clinical translational research activities and the FAU Medicine faculty practice. As department chair, Dr. Adirim was responsible for providing leadership, mentoring and strategy for an organization comprising approximately 80 core faculty and 1,100 affiliate, community-based faculty members representing a spectrum of medical specialties.

Prior to FAU, Dr. Adirim served as the Acting Principal Deputy ASD for Health Affairs and Deputy ASD for Health Services Policy and Oversight in DOD, providing leadership over Military Health System (MHS) policies and programs. Dr. Adirim has worked in senior leader policy positions at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services and in academic medicine. She continued to practice pediatric emergency medicine for over 25 years. She maintains an adjunct academic appointment as professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Adirim earned her doctor of medicine degree with research distinction at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She did her pediatrics residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., and primary care sports medicine fellowship training at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She has more than 200 journal publications, editorials, oral presentations and invited keynote speaking engagements.

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