Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MD, MBA, FACS, served as Naval Officer and the first woman surgeon in the military to rank as Vice Admiral. As former CEO and director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Vice Admiral Bono led a combat support agency enabling U.S. military medical services to provide health care services to combatant commands. Dr. Bono integrated a $50 billion worldwide health care enterprise of 50 hospitals and 300 clinics to provide care to 9.5 million military beneficiaries; oversaw Department of Defense (DoD) deployment of the electronic health record (HER) system; and advanced the largest federated health system with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
A board-certified trauma surgeon, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas; Master of Business Administration from Washington State University; and medical degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She completed surgical internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center and performed a trauma and critical care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.
With a lengthy list of DoD leadership positions held and countless honors, Dr. Bono is a true inspiration to many.