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CAPT Rob Tosatto is COA Health Leader of the Year

5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

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.

Photo: COA Staff