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Dr. Christine Hunter joined the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as Chief Medical Officer in December 2011, bringing over 30 years of experience in federal health care. As a Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy Director of TRICARE Management Activity from 2009-2011, she coordinated health care for 9.6 million military beneficiaries and managed a $22B portfolio. At OPM, Dr. Hunter serves as Medical Director for the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, oversees health care quality, and contributes to the design of new insurance offerings. Dr. Hunter is a Distinguished Alumnus of Boston University, where she earned both her BA and medical degrees. After beginning her medical career as one of the first women to serve on Navy ships, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology. Her clinical practice afforded opportunities to improve quality and care coordination in both ambulatory and hospital settings. While serving as Director, Medical Services at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Pacific Fleet Surgeon, and then as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Bremerton, Dr. Hunter continued her focus on enhancing primary care delivery for ages ranging from young Sailors to seniors. After her promotion to Rear Admiral and Chief of Staff for the Navy’s medical headquarters, Dr. Hunter organized medical support for tsunami and hurricane relief, as well as developing the Navy’s Pandemic Flu Response Plan. Assuming the top leadership role at Navy Medicine West/Naval Medical Center San Diego, she launched a nationally acclaimed center for wounded warrior care and led her team to the highest ranking among military hospitals for combined quality, population health, and business performance.
Dr. Hunter is a Fellow and Laureate of the American College of Physicians and recipient of a Humanitarian Award from Boston University School of Medicine. She speaks regularly on achieving the “Triple Aim” in health care: better care for individuals, better health for populations and greater affordability for all.
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