President Biography

Office of the President

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3013
Email: president@usuhs.edu

Dr. Richard W. Thomas, President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dr. Richard Thomas
Dr. Richard W. Thomas is the sixth President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  As president, Dr. Thomas is responsible for the academic, research and service mission of the university.  He advises the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the four Surgeons General on a wide array of issues related to graduate health professions education and healthcare research.  Dr. Thomas oversees, evaluates, and coordinates efforts to enhance graduate health professions education and healthcare research to include emerging technologies and treatments as well as efforts to improve patient safety, quality within the Military Health System.

Dr. Thomas earned an undergraduate degree in biological science from West Virginia University (WVU), a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the WVU School of Dentistry and a Medical Degree from the WVU School of Medicine.  He holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Dr. Thomas retired as a Major General from the United States Army with more than 26 years of service. During his career, he commanded at multiple levels within the Army; his key positions include serving as the Director of Healthcare Operations and the Chief Medical Officer for the Defense Health Agency (DHA); Commanding General of the Western Regional Medical Command; Surgeon General, USFORCES-Afghanistan; Chief, U.S. Army Medical Corps; U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon General; Commander, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Commander, 47th Combat Support Hospital, Division Surgeon, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and numerous other staff and leadership positions.  He has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Panama.

During his career, Dr. Thomas served as the director of the Department of Surgery Research Program, staff surgeon and assistant residency program director at Madigan Army Medical Center.  He held a faculty appointment as clinical associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and was also an adjunct faculty and staff surgeon at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and American Lake Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Tacoma.

Dr. Thomas’ honors and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) and various other commendations and campaign awards. He holds the Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator, is a Distinguished Member of the AMEDD Regiment and Member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.  Dr. Thomas has been recognized with the Murtha Memorial Award for Leadership in Military Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Board of Director’s Award and American Academy of Pain Medicine Philipp M. Lippe Award.