VA appoints alumnus Richard Stone principal deputy under secretary for health

March 02, 2016

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs named Wayne State University School of Medicine alumnus Richard Stone, M.D. ’77, principal deputy under secretary for Health.

He will serve as second-in-command to David Shulkin, M.D., the VA’s under secretary for Health and chief executive of the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Stone received his medical degree from the School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his Dermatology residency with WSU in 1981.

“Dr. Stone’s keen ability to provide oversight of complex health care systems, programs and services has been truly remarkable, and his experience in leadership roles within health care validate his skills as an innovative and dynamic leader who will benefit VA as a whole as we continue transformational initiatives,” Dr. Shulkin said.

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the nation, serving the needs of American veterans by providing primary and specialty care, and medical and social support services.

Dr. Stone, a practicing dermatologist for more than 30 years, has served in the uniformed military service and civilian clinical practice. In the military, he served as commander of military medical units at all levels of command – from detachment to medical command – including multiple recalls to active duty. He was director of Health Care Operations for the Defense Health Agency transition team, overseeing the complex and historic transition to DHA from the Military Health System. In this role, he served as the chief medical officer and led a joint services team that provided business case analysis and business process re-engineering to 10 major shared services encompassing more than $30 billion in annual expenses. He also previously served as deputy surgeon general and deputy commanding general of support to the Army Surgeon General.

In the private sector, Dr. Stone has owned and led an ambulatory medical and surgical practice, and served as senior medical officer for a health care system in Michigan.

Dr. Stone received a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He has received several honors and awards, including Distinguished Alumnus of Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences; and the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. He has been a member of the Department of Defense Recovering Warrior Task Force since 2011, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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