3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Day One Closing Keynote Address

Health and Diversity in the 21st Century – A National Security Advantage

The threats faced on the battlefield to a globally deployed military force – whether from trauma in combat or from infectious disease --- are increasingly faced by civilian providers and health systems here in the United States. 

Additionally, humanitarian and disaster relief missions require capabilities from across the spectrum of health services in clinical care, logistics, therapeutics and executive management.  Health care leaders in these settings require sophisticated skills beyond just clinical excellence – in diplomacy, coalition building, communication skills and empathy.  The value of diverse leadership in medicine is important not only for the institution itself but for national security. 


Vice Admiral (Dr) Raquel Bono leads the Defense Health Agency with responsibility for overseeing health care delivery in the United States and overseas. She has served as the senior medical representative for the US Pacific Command and serves as a senior medical advisor to the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders in the Department of Defense. Her perspectives on leadership in this environment will provide insight into the value and benefit in a diverse leadership team to advance national security and economic interests of the nation. 

Vice Admiral Raquel Bono

Director, Defense Health Agency

Medical Corps, United States Navy

Commissioned in June 1979, Vice Admiral Raquel Bono saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as head, Casualty Receiving, Fleet Hospital 5 in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. Upon returning, she was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as a surgeon in the General Surgery department; surgical intensivist in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit and attending surgeon at the Burn Trauma Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital In September 1999, she was assigned as the director of Restorative Care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by assignment to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from September 2001 to December 2002 as the Medical Corps career planning officer for the chief of the Medical Corps. She returned to the National Naval Medical Center in January 2003 as director for Medical–Surgical Services.

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