Dr. Walters is the Deputy Chief Consultant of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Public Health, Post-Deployment Health group. She leads programs and policy development related to exposure to environmental and occupational hazards during military service.
Dr. Walters was among the first class of women to graduate from West Point in 1980 and later became the first female commander of the largest military hospital—Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to her assignment as a Commander, Dr. Walters also served as the Director of Healthcare Services at Fort Bragg, which she transformed into a leading military treatment facility. Other assignments include combat service in Somalia as a Brigade Surgeon and later in Iraq as a Brigade Commander. She came to VA having been the Department of Defense Liaison to the Office of Health Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Walters’ areas of expertise are health care policy development, outcomes management, and clinical informatics.
As Director of Health Policy Services in the Office of the Surgeon General, Dr. Walters designed the current Army profile form for valid statistics collection, identified soldiers with chronic injuries, and created a database that reveals wounding patterns and tracks the transition of individual soldiers from the military health care system to the VA. Dr. Walters was able to implement recommendations from her Master’s thesis, resulting in a redesigned and automated form that is currently used by the Department of Defense Electronic Medical Record. She also served as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs where she reviewed and analyzed Army policies and programs on health care and various health topics.
Dr. Walters earned her M.D. (1984) and M.P.H. (1995) from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). In addition to her B.S. from the United States Military Academy (1980), Dr. Walters, board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, received her M.S. from the US Army War College (2002), became a Certified Physician Executive with certification from the American College of Physician Executives in 2005, and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics from Touro University International (2006). She was also the National (1987 and 1988) and World (1988) Powerlifting Champion as well as a three time (1995, 1996, 1997) national adult figure skating champion. Dr. Walters has received numerous military awards and academic honors, most notably The Captain Richard R. Hooper Award for Outstanding Research in Public Health from the USUHS in 1995. She has many military qualifications including Expert and Combat Field Medical Badges and is airborne and air assault qualified. Dr. Walters also has numerous military health publications and presentations.