Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono

Defense Health Agency

Vice Admiral Bono leads a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency enabling the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. During her HIMSS18 keynote, Vice Admiral Bono will discuss advancements in military health to ensure seamless data delivery and care coordination.

In support of an integrated, affordable, and high quality military health service, the DHA directs the execution of ten joint shared services to include the health plan (TRICARE), pharmacy, health Information Technology, research & acquisition, education & training, public health, medical logistics, facility management, budget resource management, and contracting. The DHA administers the TRICARE Health Plan providing worldwide medical, dental and pharmacy programs to more than 9.4 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families.

Vice Admiral Bono saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as head, Casualty Receiving, Fleet Hospital Five in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. Upon returning, she was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as a surgeon in the General Surgery department; surgical intensivist in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and attending surgeon at the Burn Trauma Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Her various appointed duties included division head of Trauma; head of the Ambulatory Procedures Department (APD); chair of the Laboratory Animal Care and  Use Committee; assistant head of the  Clinical Investigations and Research department; chair of the Medical Records Committee, and command intern coordinator.  She has also served as the specialty leader for Intern Matters to the Surgeon General of the Navy.

In addition to being a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Vice Admiral Bono Bono is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Her personal decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal (three), Legion of Merit Medal (four), Meritorious Service Medal (two), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (two).