Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Terry Adirim

Member of:

Health IT Advisory Committee , Federal Representative

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight
Department of Defense

Dr. Adirim is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Health Services Policy and Oversight in the Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. As DASD, she is one of the system’s most senior physicians leading policy formulation and program oversight of the Military Health System’s clinical policies and programs.  She provides medical information, advice and consultation to senior Defense officials, Congress, and other DoD stakeholders. The Military Health System, with a $53 billion budget, serves 9.5 million beneficiaries at 54 hospitals and over 300 clinics across the globe.

Previously, Dr. Adirim served four years in the Office of Health Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and four years  in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) where she was Director of the Office of Special Health Affairs. While at HRSA, Dr. Adirim led national policy efforts on health care quality, health information technology, behavioral health and child health.  Dr. Adirim is a nationally recognized expert in child health, health systems and patient quality and safety.  She has served on numerous federal interagency committees and councils and as an expert serves on national health policy committees including as an elected member of the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Executive Committee of the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and the Medicaid Workgroup on the Child Core Set of measures. 

Dr. Adirim graduated from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine with research distinction and completed her pediatrics training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her pediatric emergency medicine training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She graduated from Harvard School of Public Health with a Master’s degree in Public Health and the Isenberg School of Management with a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in health care management. Just prior to coming to the Department of Defense, she was Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and attending physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She remains clinically active as a moonlighting pediatric emergency medicine attending physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She has over 150 publications and national speaking presentations.

Content last reviewed on October 23, 2019
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