Dr. Deborah N. Burgess, a retired Air Force colonel currently serving as a physician and fellow of the American College of Physicians, has been named to the position of senior vice president at ICF International.
Burgess will be responsible for ICF’s work in the area of technology and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on the Defense Department. The hiring is part of ICF’s commitment to providing experienced leadership in areas of strategic growth.
Burgess brings more than 30 years of experience in the medical military field to her new position, with a specific focus on areas including battlefield trauma, disaster medicine and medical technology development. She designed, implemented and led the the Air Force Medical Modeling and Simulation Training Program, which offered strategic guidance and advice to the Air Force surgeon general on issues including medical simulation and procurement.
In 2007, she deployed to Balad, Iraq, where she served as chief of the medical staff, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group. Most recently, she simultaneously held the positions of of director, Air Force Modeling and Simulation Program and chief of the Medical Modernization Division for Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in addition to serving as staff nephrologist and acupuncturist at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
“A nationally recognized speaker, lecturer, author, and researcher, [Dr. Burgess’] proven and longstanding leadership in the military medical community will greatly expand ICF’s expertise and thought leadership in this area,” said Isabel Reiff, executive vice president for ICF International. “Working with ICF’s defense and health groups, Dr. Burgess’ expertise in the area of medical modeling and simulation will make her a dynamic leader in expanding the capabilities of ICF’s already robust and leading-edge modeling and simulation capabilities.”
Burgess’ AFMMAST program has grown to include more than $65 million in research support and assets operating in 80 locations worldwide in the three years since its creation. It has been designated the DoD Center of Excellence for Medical Modeling and Simulation.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a nephrology fellowship degree from Stanford University Medical Center. She holds multiple medical licenses and memberships in several professional and scientific societies.