Featured Speakers

Monday, May 13

Keynote Address

David WallaceWhat’s Walking Through the Door: Relating to Members of the Military, Veterans, and Their Families

This interactive discussion addresses the importance of primary health care providers knowing the culture of the military in order to better serve those in active military service and veterans.

Presenter: David M. Wallace, MD, MPH; Chief, Primary Care Clinic, USA MEDDAC Guthrie, Fort Drum, N.Y.

LTC(P) David Wallace is originally from Rochester, N.Y., but has traveled extensively throughout the world. He spent several years in Brazil as a teenager, attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate studies, and completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He went on to complete his residency in Family Medicine at Fort Benning, GA in 1998, and spent three years in Germany during his first military tour. As part of Task Force Falcon IB, Wallace spent five months in Kosovo in support of the stabilization force from November 1999 through April 2000. He completed his Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington, and served for four years as the Program Director of the Darnall Family Medicine Residency at Fort Hood, TX. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006 with the 10th Combat Support Hospital, and again in 2008-2009 with the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Headquarters as part of Multi-National Division South. He has served as the Division Surgeon to the 10th MTN DIV (LI), as the BN Surgeon to the 3-85th IN BN (P) Warrior Transition Battalion, and currently serves as the Chief of the Primary Care Clinic, Guthrie Army Health Clinic.

Tuesday, May 14

Opening Session

Veterans Healthcare: Twenty-first Century Issues & Directions

This session will provide an overview matrix of veterans' healthcare, past, present, and future, both nationally and internationally. Several VHA initiatives will be identified, along with joint VA and DoD efforts in dealing with current veterans’ needs for both physical and mental health care. In addition, current issues and future directions for veterans’ health care will be explored for the next decade of the 21st century.

Presenter: Thomas W. Miller Ph.D., ABPP, Professor Emeritus & Senior Research Scientist, University of Connecticut, Center for Health, Intervention & Prevention; Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Thomas W. Miller is a clinical psychologist with a distinguished career as a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant. His interest in the study of stressful life events can be traced to his doctoral dissertation, which addressed stress-related aspects of parent-child interaction. He has published ten books, several chapters, and more than 245 articles in professional refereed journals, and given national and international symposia. As a researcher, he received funding for numerous clinical research projects focusing on veterans’ healthcare, telemedicine, psychopathology, domestic violence, and the interdisciplinary treatment of abused families. He serves as an international consultant for task forces involving telepractice technology, interdisciplinary clinical treatment, and the development of algorithmic pathways of care. He has pioneered the development of graduate programs in health care administration and health and human services, and in the science and practice of interdisciplinary allied health professions. The Universities of Connecticut and Kentucky have recognized him for his excellence in teaching. In addition, he has been recognized by the Connecticut Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology, and the American Psychological Association recognized him with the Distinguished Researcher Award and for Distinguished Professional Contributions to the Practice of Psychology. He has received the prestigious RHR International Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology. Miller was a career service chief in the Department of Veterans Affairs and was at the Canandaigua, Buffalo, and Lexington VA Medical Centers. He also served on a Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service Board in VACO addressing veterans’ health care.  He represented the VA internationally primarily in the United Kingdom for British veterans from the Northern Irish Conflict and the Falkland war and in Russia with Russian veterans from Afghanistan and Chechnya. Most recently, he edited the four-volume Praeger Handbook of Veterans' Health.

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