Health Leader of the Year

The COA Health Leader of the Year Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the health of the Nation.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery, or some other area of public health.

This award recognizes those who achieved prominence in public health.  Persons who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in making notable contributions to the health of the Nation may be nominated for this award.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery or some other area of public health.

In general, persons considered will include those who have been in public health practice for more than 15 years.   Membership in COA is not a requirement for nomination; however, consideration will be given to the nominee’s knowledge and support of the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

Nominations for 2017 COA Health Leader of the YearNominations are due by December 31, 2016. Submit via email to CAPT Brian Lewis, chair, COA Awards Committee at brian.lewis@fda.hhs.gov and drbrianlewis@gmail.com.

 

CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, USPHS 

2016 COA Health Leader of the Year 

Captain Rob Tosatto serves as Director of the Medical Reserve Corps under the Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division and is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Director of the Office of Emergency Management on issues of civilian volunteers and their participation in public health initiatives and emergency preparedness/response activities. He is a strong advocate for reducing disaster risk, building community resilience, and engaging young members of our society in these efforts. He is directly responsible for overseeing the establishment, implementation, and coordination of MRC units in communities nationwide. 

CAPT Tosatto has been a U.S. Public Health Service officer since 1988, and has previously completed tours of duty with the Office of Global Health Affairs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Indian Health Service, including assignments on the Navajo, Fort Hall, and Pine Ridge reservations. He has been deployed on numerous occasions, including response missions following the anthrax mailings in 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and several humanitarian and national special security events. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal and the Surgeon General’s Medallion. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and master's degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. CAPT Tosatto is married, has four children, strives for balance in his life, and enjoys spending much of his free time being outside and active (rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, etc.). 

CAPT Tosatto embodies the Corps values of leadership, excellence, integrity, and service.  For his sustained initiative, inspiring performance and immeasurable impact as long-serving Director of the Medical Reserve Corps Program, CAPT Tosatto received the COA Health Leader of the Year Award.

Past recipients of the Health Leader of the Year Award include:

Year

Awardee

2016

CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, USPHS, Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program

2015

RADM Boris Lushniak, USPHS, Deputy Surgeon General

2014

Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2013

RADM Thomas McGinnis, USPHS, Defense Health Agency

2012

RADM William Foege, USPHS  (Ret.)

2011

The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senate

2010

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senate

2009

RADM Susan Blumenthal, USPHS (Ret.)

2008

RADM Charles Grim, USPHS, Director, Indian Health Services

2007

RADM Helene Gayle, USPHS, (Ret.) President and CEO of CARE USA

2006

Richard H. Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General

2005

VADM James A. Zimble, (Ret.), 30th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

2004

Julie L. Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2003

RADM Kenneth Moritsugu, Deputy Surgeon General

2002

Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

2001

The Honorable John Warner and Tim Hutchinson, U.S. Senate

2000

CAPT Brian Flynn, USPHS

1999

RADM Barry Johnson, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

1998

The Honorable Bill Frist, U.S. Senate

1997

Unknown

1996

Francis S. Collins, Director, National Center for Human Genome Research

1995

Unknown

1994

John Lewin

1993

Ada Sue Hinshaw, NINR, National Institutes of Health

1992

VADM Antonia Novello, USPHS, 14th U.S. Surgeon General

1991

William Roper, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1990

Samuel Broder, NCI, National Institutes of Health

1989

James O. Mason, 9th Assistant Secretary for Health

1988

Anthony Fauci, NIAID, National Institutes of Health

1987

C.Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General

 

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