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Meet Michael L. Cowan, MD, FACP

Director, Federal Health, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Vice Admiral, Medical Corps, and 34th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Dr. Michael Cowan joined Deloitte Consulting LLP in June 2009 upon their acquisition of BearingPoint’s Federal Practice. Based in Tyson’s Corner, he is responsible for clinical leadership in health care, social services and Federal health consulting. He leads the development of new service offerings and the strategic recruitment and development of practitioners.

Prior to BearingPoint, Dr. Cowan was the Senior Vice President for Healthcare Solutions at Oracle, Inc. (2004-05) and before that had a 33 year career in the U.S. Navy, culminating with his selection as the 34th Naval Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (2001-04). In that role he exercised direction, guidance and management for more than 40,000 personnel working in 120 medical, dental, research and teaching facilities worldwide, and provided deployed medical forces around the world.

Throughout his Naval career, Dr. Cowan held numerous leadership positions, most notably as Deputy Executive Director of TRICARE (2000-01); Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) (1999-2000); and Joint Staff Surgeon (1997-99). He was a leading force for numerous initiatives to include the creation of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Defense Policies for “Force Health Protection,” and development of information systems. During Operation Restore Hope in Somalia (1992-93) he served as the Task Force Surgeon.

Dr. Cowan earned his M.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, and completed residency training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Distinguished Professor of Military Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He attended the National War College as a Senior Research Fellow, and is a Certified Executive of the American College of Physician Executives. In addition to multiple military awards, the American Medical Association recognized him as the Outstanding Federal Health Executive of the Year in 1999.

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