Hassan TettehHealth Mission Chief at Department of Defense
Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh is a US Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of
Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2012-13, assigned to the US
Congress, Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), and recently served as the Chief Medical
Informatics Officer (CMIO) for the United States Navy. Currently, Tetteh serves as the Health
Mission Chief for Warfighter Health at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) in the
Department of Defense (DoD), and he is a Thoracic Surgeon for MedStar Health and Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center. He leads a Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery (STAR) Team,
in Washington, DC, and his research in thoracic transplantation aims to expand heart and lung
recovery and save lives.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tetteh received his BS from State University of New York (SUNY)
at Plattsburgh, his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy
School of Government, his MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and his
MS in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence from the National War
College. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced
cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Tetteh is a bestselling author of four books including: Gifts of the Heart, Star Patrol, The Art of Human
Care, and Seven Pillars of Life. He has finished twenty marathons, and delivered the popular TEDx
talk, From Death to Life, based on his work in transplant surgery. Tetteh is board certified in thoracic
surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the
American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.