Health Care 2023: LT. GEN. TELITA CROSLAND
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE HEALTH AGENCY, FALLS CHURCH
Previously deputy surgeon general for the U.S. Army, Crosland became director of the Defense Health Agency in January, following her confirmation last year by the U.S. Senate.
With a staff of nearly 140,000 civilians and military personnel and a budget of more than $54 billion, the decade-old Defense Health Agency is responsible for providing medical services to Tricare beneficiaries and their dependents. A joint, integrated combat support agency, it also ensures the medical readiness of troops and the readiness of medical forces in peacetime and wartime.
A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Crosland is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. She earned her medical degree and a master of public health degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and a master’s degree from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
She has previously served as deputy commanding general and chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) in Falls Church. She also commanded U.S. Army facilities in Korea and Germany, among other leadership roles.