Florabel Garcia Mullick, MD, ScD, FCAP, Senior Executive Service
The Director, AFIP
Dr. Mullick, a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and former Principal Deputy Director, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) since 4 June 1999, assumed the Directorship of the AFIP on June 25, 2007.
Dr. Mullick was the first civilian Principal Deputy Director appointed at the Institute since its founding as the Army Medical Museum in 1862. Dr. Mullick had been previously appointed Associate Director of the AFIP on 1 May 1987 and Director, Center for Advanced Pathology on 31 January 1994. She also holds an appointment as Chair, Department of Environmental and Infectious Disease Sciences since 27 June 1996.
Dr. Mullick, a physician executive, was responsible for directing the activities of five Service Line Directorates: the Directorate of Field Operations, the Directorate of Advanced Pathology, the Directorate of Clinical Sciences, the Directorate of Administrative Services, and the Directorate of the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the AFIP. The service lines consist of a series of interrelated elements and functions that support military and civilian medicine through the Institute’s consultative role, researching answers to today’s perplexing health issues, and teaching throughout the military health system and the Nation’s academic centers. Each of these service lines is headed by a senior military or senior civilian. The current structure is the result of her strategic vision to reengineer and transform the Institute’s operational programs to focus on: Department of Defense core activities, military operations support, improved span of control, alignment of like programs and services, improved administrative processes, and the establishment of functional areas for costing. Dr. Mullick chaired the Principal Deputy Director’s Council that provides fiscal management for an operating budget in excess of $100 million, which includes $9 million in reimbursables and a research budget of over $3 million, which includes extramural grants. Her visionary support and tireless efforts at establishing a Telepathology Program at the Institute led to the formal dedication and naming of the AFIP televideoconference suite in her honor.
Originally from Spain, Dr. Mullick received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico. Her pathology training included such prestigious institutions as the University Hospital of the Puerto Rico Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, and Georgetown University Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology. She holds current medical licensure from Maryland, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. She is a member of 20 professional societies and is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. She has mentored hundreds of students over the years using a variety of different methods which include training programs, fellowships, departmental succession planning, and personal counseling.
She was awarded the prestigious presidential rank of Meritorious Executive in 1992 followed by Distinguished Executive in 1993 and again in 1999. In 1994 she received the Distinguished Executive Service Award from the Senior Executives Association Professional Development League. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Metropolitan University, AGMUS, Puerto Rico. She was presented the Excellence in Education Award from the Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS). She was appointed to the AGMUS Board of Directors and has served as Chair of the National Science Foundation supported Model Institutions for Excellence Program and the Science and Technology Committee. She was a key player in the establishment of a consortium which consists of the AFIP, AGMUS, and Jackson State University and established an education working agreement between the AFIP and the University of Puerto Rico Medical School. Dr. Mullick is the distinguished graduate of the Senior Executive Course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Mullick has personally authored or co-authored 193 Publications that have been published in professional journals and has been appointed to the editorial boards of Modem Pathology, Toxicologic Pathology, Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology and consultant editor for Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. Dr. Mullick was the first to recognize and then publish in the literature a causal relation between a number of therapeutic drugs and their adverse effect on humans, such as: salicylates & Reye’s syndrome; hexachlorophene & toxicity in infants; and myocarditis associated with methyldopa therapy. Dr. Mullick has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Georgetown University Hospital Medical School; Consultant in Pathology, Oncologic Hospital, University of Puerto Rico Medical Center; Professor of Pathology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus; and Professor of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. She is a founding Trustee of the History of Pathology Society. The International Academy of Pathology elected her Secretary in 1994 and then President-Elect in 2006.
Robert D. Foss, CAPT, DC, USN
Associate Director, AFIP
CAPT Foss is a native of Rockville, Maryland. He received his DDS degree from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1984 and reported to the general practice residency (GPR) program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. After the GPR he served as Dental Officer aboard the USS Nassau (LHA-4). This tour was followed by a year as an assistant dental officer at Branch Dental Clinical, NAS Oceana, Virginia and selection for Oral Pathology training at the Naval Dental School in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Foss graduated from residency training in 1991 and was assigned as a staff pathologist at the National Naval Dental Center with joint faculty appointments at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. During this period he was awarded an MS in molecular pathobiology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 1993. From 1994 to 2000 CAPT Foss was assigned to the Naval Medical Center, San Diego where he served as head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology branch of the Laboratory Department, head of the Anatomic Pathology division and head of the Clinical Investigation Department (CID). As head of CID in San Diego he was responsible for overseeing regulatory and compliance issues for the Navy Medicine’s largest clinical investigation program. From July 2000 through September 2002 CAPT Foss served as the Dental Corps Career Planner in the Chief, Navy Dental Corps office at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He was promoted to CAPT in 2001. From 2001 to 2005 CAPT Foss was the Navy Surgeon General’s Specialty Leader for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Since 2002 CAPT Foss has been assigned to the Oral and Maxillofacial Department of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He was appointed departmental chairman in September 2004 and assistant director, Navy for the AFIP in 2006. Dr. Foss is the author or co-author of 20 scientific publications and 20 abstract presentations. His research interests include soft tissue tumors and salivary gland pathology.
Chair, Department of Veterinary Pathology and Deputy Director, Army
Christoper R. Owner, PhD
Director, Directorate of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Owner is the Director, Directorate of Clinical Sciences, AFIP. Dr. Owner is responsible for creating and maintaining the financial, administrative and physical infrastructure of the Directorate, and maintains essential relationships with other AFIP service line directorates to ensure the appropriate execution of various programs to benefit the Institute.
He is directly responsible for Advanced Medical Education; Telemedicine; Radiologic Pathology; Cellular Pathology; Scientific Laboratories; Repository and Research Services; and Scientific Publications.
Dr. Owner joined the AFIP staff in August 1997 as Chair and Registrar, Department of Medical Education, a position he held until July 2002, when he was named Director, Department of Medical Education. In both capacities he oversaw all elements of the Institute’s medical education programs, managed 35 full- and part-time staff, and consulted with 26 departments to design, develop, conduct and evaluate over 76 programs annually. He also initiated, designed and developed AFIP’s Web education programs.
From 1992 to 1997 Dr. Owner served as Associate Director, Education, American College of Radiology. He was integrally involved in all aspects of the college’s continuing medical education programs, with primary responsibility for maintaining the college’s standing with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Previously, he served as project director, COSMOS Corp., where he identified emerging trends in special education and technology. From 1985 to 1990 he served as program manager for Perceptronics Inc., where he assisted in the development of the Army’s Computerized Battle Simulation System (COMBATSYM) and Simulated Network Tank Trainer (SIMNET).
Dr. Owner has an extensive background in education and administration, as a principal in the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools for five years; as adjunct professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, as a teaching assistant at the University of Washington; and as a school principal in Papua, New Guinea.
He holds a PhD in education from the University of Washington, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees (in education and clinical psychology, respectively) from Macquarie University, Australia. Dr. Owner has been extensively involved in the field of special education and advanced behavioral analysis; from 1982 to 1984 he served as Board Chair, Fairfax Opportunities Unlimited, VA, where he oversaw programs to help employ individuals with severe disabilities.
Adrianne Noe, PhD
Director, National Museum of Health and Medicine of the AFIP
Dr. Noe is Director of its National Museum of Health and Medicine. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. Her educational background includes concentrations in physics, mathematics, and history, as well as graduate work in the management of cultural institutions. Her doctorate is in the history of medicine. She has taught American history, the history of technology, the history of medicine, and military history — all disciplines that are woven into the behind-the-scenes and public programs of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Air Force History Fellowship, numerous other awards and holds several editorial board positions and advisory positions. She is also a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and a member of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces.
Dr. Noe is a member of Board of the Academy of Medicine of Washington and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Health Science Consortium (a national organization of major science museums), a past-president of the Washington Society for the History of Medicine, and a past-President of the Medical Museums Association.
Joseph Paul Jensen
Director, Directorate of Administrative Services
Mr. Jensen, as the Director, Directorate of Administrative Services, is responsible for all administrative activities of the AFIP, to include advising and assisting the AFIP Director and all Service Line Directors with executive level administrative functions and protocols. He also functions as the external face of the AFIP through coordination and interfacing with the staffs of the Office of the Surgeon General, National Army Regional Medical Center, Medical Command, and DoD agencies on functional issues related to the Institute. This office also maintains central oversight over the Institute’s headquarters operations, Information Management, and Logistics and Facilities functions.
From June 1993 through March 2010, Mr. Jensen served as the AFIP’s Administrator, Directorate of Advanced Pathology (DAP): first as Air Force Lieutenant Colonel; then as an employee of the American Registry of Pathology; and then, as a General Services (GS) employee. As the administrator, Jensen provided effective, efficient and innovative operations to the Director, DAP, and all scientific departments and divisions. This included planning and execution of financial management, logistics support, space usage, personnel plans, recruitment, training, promotions, and retirements.
Mr. Jensen’s military career began in 1968, when he served as an enlisted dental assistant at Barksdale, AFB, La., at the rank of Staff Sergeant. This was followed by a tour at Sheppard AFB, TX, where he served as an instructor for Enlisted Dental Assistant/Hygienist Courses. In 1974 he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force Medical Service Corps and attended the Health Services Administrator Course, also at Sheppard AFB. Other assignments have included Assistant Operations Officer, First Aeromedical Evacuation Group, Pope AFB, N.C., 1974-76; Assistant Administrator, Medical Material Services, USAF Clinic, Norton AFB, San Bernardino, CA., 1976-79; Director, Medical Logistic Management, USAF Hospital, Yokota AFB, Japan, 1979-1982; Medical Readiness Intern, HQs, U.S. Air Force Surgeons Office, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C., 1982-83; Operations Officer, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Wing, Scott AFB, Il, 1983-84, Instructor, Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers, Sheppard AFB, 1984-87; Medical Advisor, HQs, Land South East (NATO), Izmir, Turkey, 1987-89; and Joint Medical Plans Officer, HQs, First U.S. Army, 1989-1993.
Mr. Jensen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Georgia Southwestern University in 1968, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. His Civil Service Awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.